shannonmartinpaul
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Out of the Shadows



A drummer of mine sat for a photoshoot project I had for school using lighting to produce different ratios. We did this in his 100+ year old barn using some nat...
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A drummer of mine sat for a photoshoot project I had for school using lighting to produce different ratios. We did this in his 100+ year old barn using some natural lighting, and Alien Bees too create this dramatic effect.
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6 Comments | Report
shannonmartinpaul
 
shannonmartinpaul October 05, 2015
Thank you so much!
shannonmartinpaul
 
shannonmartinpaul January 15, 2016
Thank you all so much for your amazing comments and votes! It's very much appreciated! This is one of my most favorite portraits to date!
AllenDouglasPhotos
 
AllenDouglasPhotos March 14, 2016
Beautifully done. Only comment for consideration is that generally a subject will look into the negative space instead of out of it. Rules are meant to be broken and the lighting on the face would be dramatically altered )perhaps not for the better) if he was turning his head the other direction.
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eelcovanroden December 18, 2016
Congratulations on your Challenge Win! Fabulous photo...
shannonmartinpaul
 
shannonmartinpaul December 19, 2016
He really is such an intersting subject to photograph. Definately one of my favorites. Thank you all again for the great feedback!
shannonmartinpaul
 
shannonmartinpaul April 13, 2018
Thank you so much everyone! I very much appreciate all the likes and comments!

Behind The Lens

Location
In a 100 year old barn in Avon, Ohio that is used as musicians practice space and recording studio.
Time
This image was taken in Mid-Afternoon
Lighting
The barn is extremely dark as it is, there are no windows in the large part of the barn where we took the image, so I brought in two Alien Bee 400 Flash Units, an Alien Bee 800 Flash Unit and an Alien Bee 1600 Flash Unit to direct the light as I needed. This is the barn where my band used to practice, so it is insulated with foam core and Muslin backdrops to absorb sound, these two things helped with not only the atmosphere of the shoot but with any glare I might of had to deal with in a regular studio type setting that had windows or reflective surfaces.
Equipment
Nikon D800, Tripod, Tamron 24 - 70 2.8 lens, 2 Alien Bee 400's, 1 Alien Bee 800 , 1 Alien Bee 1800 , flags, Gobo's and reflectors. No props were needed as all the band equipment was already there in the barn.
Inspiration
I was inspired by my musicianship to take this image. The man in this image is a drummer of mine. He is an intense musician but such a laid back man. Those are very contrasting emotions to have within oneself. I wanted this photoshoot to relay those emotions about him by using the light and surrounding atmosphere to bring out not only his intensity but also to show his thoughtfulness.
Editing
I use Lightroom for all my Post-Processing. I turned this image Black and White, and used the shadow, black, white and highlight sliders to tweak the image as needed to highlight the details in his face, beard, drum and arms.
In my camera bag
Nikon D300 , Sb800 Flash, Batteries for both camera and flash, Nikon 24-120mm 3.5-5.6 lens , 50mm 1.8 fixed lens. Camera cloth, gray card.
Feedback
The images in this series took a lot of patience to get the lighting just right. In such a dark room, with such a high ceiling, it was difficult to not lose the light. I would make sure you have enough extra lighting to do the job, and enough time to do the job right. Set up and advance planning is also crucial in shoots such as these. Being familiar with the place you are going into to do a shoot is a good rule of thumb to follow so you can have all the extra equipment you may need, especially when the location is not conventional. Most important, have fun, relax and be flexible!

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