A little while back I wrote a blog post about shooting a portrait of a cyclist using neutral density filters. The portrait just happened to be a secondary shot the day of the shoot. The main shot that I wanted to get was more of an action shot that I could use to build into a composite image. Well I’m finally getting around to posting that completed composite. Much of the lighting was I used was similar to the lighting used in the neutral density portrait as well as some of the other more recent composites I’ve shot. Thanks for checking it out.
A couple of weeks ago, my friend and fellow photographer, Matt Becker, helped me shoot some new work for my portfolio. I wanted to create a composite photograph of a cyclist (Coming Soon) and Matt was the perfect subject. Lets just say he puts quite a few miles on his bike each year. After we had finished shooting the frames that will be used for the composite, I wanted to shoot a quick portrait.
Canon 5d Mark III – 1/160 f1.8 3-stop ND filter
I used a three light set up consisting of two Elinchrom 600 Rxs with Creative Light 1×4’ strip boxes and an Elinchrom 500 BXRI with a Creative Light 5’ Octa.
The strip boxes were placed on each side and slightly behind Matt, creating a highlight on each side of his face. The octa was boomed above and slightly in front of Matt. Matt held a white reflector about stomach hight to help bounce some fill light under his chin. I really wanted to isolate his eyes in the shot so I put a 0.9 (3 Stop) ND filter on the lens allowing me to open up my Canon 85mm to its fastest aperture which is f1.8. This is a great way to make the eyes pop. After a few tweaks of the power of the lights, we shot away and ended up with a pretty cool simple portrait. Thanks for looking.