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Behind The Lens

Location
I’m primarily a landscape photographer who wanted to try something with creative portraiture. The location iI chose was my living room at night. I wNted a location where I could black out all external light except for the string of LEDs I used in making this image
Time
The Image was made in the evening.so that there was not natural light available and so that I could eliminate all artificial light sources other than the LEDs.
Lighting
I remembered ex all external light sources from this image. My intent was to rely solely upon thecsoft light emitted by the LED string.
Equipment
This image was made with my Pentax K-1 full frame dslr. The lens I chose was one of the limited classics from the film days - the Pentax FA 77mm f1.8. I did not use a tripod. The only other items involved were the LED string light I purchased at and arts and craft store and a very patient model (my daughter).
Inspiration
My inspiration was to try to make a unique portrait and to play with an unconventional light source. I admire the in Redmond lbs portraits uploaded by the talented photographer members of Viewbug. I was motivated to try to do a black and white with a minimal investment in artificial lighting.
Editing
Post processing of this image was simple. I processed the image in Adobe PS CC. I sharpened bad cropped the Image. I also converted the image to black and white using Nik Silvef Efex.
In my camera bag
My first love is landscape and nature photography. In my Thinktank bag I carry my Pentax K-1 camera. My primary lenses are the Pentax DFA 24-70 f2.8 and 15-30mm f2.8. I use a NiSi filter system using polarizer and ND filters. I also use a Rokinon 24mm f3.5 tilt shift lens. I also carry an assortment of macro and vintage Pentax fixed focus lenses (including the FA 31, 43, and 77mm lenses - Pentax’s 3-amigos).
Feedback
Photography is all about finding the right light. If you cannot find it outside and you do not have access to a studio and a comprehensive lighting system, think simple. Think small. A few dollars at an arts and craft store, a willing model, and a dark room are great accessories!

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