melissarichardson
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Lion's Mane



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vsidles PRO+
 
vsidles February 07, 2014
Very cool shot!!!
mrsmasch
 
mrsmasch February 18, 2014
He looks like a Nordic God. Wowzers
birdlover54
 
birdlover54 March 06, 2014
Great title! It is the first thing that grabs you! Great creativity!
catini
 
catini May 28, 2014
Great portrait, congrats on your feature!
agustino
 
agustino May 28, 2014
Wow....
great potrait
zanderellastudente
 
zanderellastudente May 28, 2014
Like, Like, Like
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta May 28, 2014
Fabulous portrait. Congratulations.
iceman2
 
iceman2 May 28, 2014
Congratulation on your feature!
jojoxena
 
jojoxena May 28, 2014
Fantastic,what a luxurious beard,Congrats!
SusiStroud PRO+
 
SusiStroud May 28, 2014
Great portrait and detail. j Congrats on your feature.
shema
 
shema May 28, 2014
wonderful feature shot! congrats
redwriter PRO
 
redwriter May 28, 2014
Great portrait. Congrats. - Jake
thierryvouillamoz
 
thierryvouillamoz May 29, 2014
Write a commentGorgeous photo, the details are amazing.
salmakhan
 
salmakhan May 29, 2014
Wonderful photography do you have a youpic profile?upload this into youpic website world best photography place
LionesLens
 
LionesLens May 29, 2014
Congratulations!
PhilipCarnevale
 
PhilipCarnevale May 31, 2014
Great Detail in the beard!
embryvincent
 
embryvincent June 01, 2014
Wow. this is beautiful ....
Cindi_Tonkovich
 
Cindi_Tonkovich June 02, 2014
Wonderful!
Chrism
 
Chrism June 05, 2014
Fabulous profile shot and what a wonderful beard .... congratulations on the feature :)
vastdreamer
 
vastdreamer June 06, 2014
That beard is glorious.
FranksPortraits
 
FranksPortraits June 13, 2014
Excellent Shot
erinkatehillman
 
erinkatehillman July 07, 2014
perfect beard. amazing portrait.
Hattie PRO
 
Hattie July 25, 2014
The pirate Redbeard returns!
sciroccojade
 
sciroccojade August 14, 2014
Awesome!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots August 16, 2014
Great portrait shot! Congrats.
bigjohn
 
bigjohn September 28, 2014
this guy should win best beard award,well done really nice shot
Vince542 Premium
 
Vince542 November 18, 2014
Great creativity!!! congrats!!!
GagasGarden
 
GagasGarden December 06, 2014
Intriguing.
michaelwsf
 
michaelwsf December 08, 2014
Great image. :)
Deebo48
 
Deebo48 December 28, 2014
Thats an Impressive set of whiskers, Great shot, Intense.
Lukemac88
 
Lukemac88 January 11, 2015
Epic beard! ... ac nice shot as well.
Mihir_Moushmi
 
Mihir_Moushmi February 04, 2015
Class!!
embeePhotography
 
embeePhotography February 10, 2015
Lumber Jack Status
Roxy1
 
Roxy1 February 26, 2015
Great face!
rustygardener
 
rustygardener June 21, 2015
Awesome.... what a look.
robertcauty PRO+
 
robertcauty July 10, 2015
LOOKS LIKE RAGNAR LOTHBROK FROM VIKINGS!
sws49er
 
sws49er August 08, 2015
Now thats cool!
SafariShootS
 
SafariShootS November 18, 2016
Excellent head shot.... Is that Eric the Red? Well done.
rindrarandhy
 
rindrarandhy January 22, 2017
So greatly done! Powerful!

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Behind The Lens

Location
In my home studio--which is just a converted dining room but it is the open space I need to move lights around and play.
Time
Around 10:30 at night. This is my husband, and so we waited till the kids were all in bed and the house had quieted down a bit.
Lighting
This was a work around lighting set up for me. My skyport for my Elinchrom BXRI had broken so I turned on a constant light source directly behind him and flagged off just the foot square behind his head that I needed for the dark background. This allowed the light to hit his hat and beard from the edges. The fill light in the front was just light bounced from the main behind his head and directed down to light his face.
Equipment
Camera: Nikon D700, handheld Lens: Nikon 85mm 1.4 SS: 1/40th ISO: 200 Flagged spiderlite from the back, reflector in the front
Inspiration
We wanted to document his beard. Military personnel rarely have the opportunity to grow facial hair like this and he was going back to work the next morning. It is one of a series we took that night. He shaved his head and beard in stages as he went so we have some with mohawks, handlebar mustaches and more.
Editing
I did do a bit of tonal contrast and sharpening on his face to minimize some of the flare I was getting from shooting right into the light behind him. I also cleaned up a bunch of stray hairs and did basic color corrections.
In my camera bag
My Nikon D700, and the Nikon 14-24mm 2.8, 35mm 1.8?? (it wasn't expensive but I love this lens), 60mm macro, and 85mm 1.4. I have also been playing around lately with an Olympus OMD an some m4/3 lenses and that has been a lot of fun too.
Feedback
Just play with what you have and experiment with your lighting and your composition to make what you have work. My main lighting equipment broke so I made due with what I had. Later in the series I ended up using girl scout cookie boxes to snoot my speedlights for some of the mohawk shots where my shutter speed either needed to go above 1/40th or I had to have a flash to freeze his motion. If I'd have given up when my normal light stopped working I'd have missed making some of my favorite shots. There are a lot of ways to use a single light source to make it do more than one job and this shot is a decent example of that.

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