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Here's a shot I did last week of my friend, the L.A. based Dominican guitarist Richard Gomez. A simple three light setup but not the three lights you'd expect. A large Chimera on the left with a Balcar 18" gridded and shower capped in the middle of that and then a Chimera small as a kicker, so the spill from the large box is lighting the background as well. After we finished, he picked up one of my old Martin's, looked up at the giant print of Harrison on the wall and played me Here Comes the Sun.







Richard Gomez

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Dec 21, 2022 at 06:02 PM
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Peter, thatís a beautiful capture. I donít know much about portraiture but this image looks so natural and BW really works well. Great work YGMV 👍🏻


Dec 21, 2022 at 10:17 PM
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keepclicking wrote:
Peter, thatís a beautiful capture. I donít know much about portraiture but this image looks so natural and BW really works well. Great work YGMV 👍🏻


Thanks Parul. The biggest difference in photographing people is that you can direct them and hope they take that direction. Richard was very good with that.




Dec 22, 2022 at 01:01 AM
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Nice one.

Was he there to record, too? Or just the photo session?



Dec 22, 2022 at 07:32 AM
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Peter,
A beautiful crisp image! The lighting ratio is perfect, and the gradients of your GFX100S†are amazing.
Jim



Dec 22, 2022 at 08:21 AM
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RustyBug wrote:
Nice one.

Was he there to record, too? Or just the photo session?


Just there for photos. He's recorded in all the major studios and for major artists but I can't remember all the names he mentined to me, plus he's got his own home studio, y'know, like everyone else here in LaLaLand.




Dec 22, 2022 at 09:08 AM
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James Markus wrote:
Peter,
A beautiful crisp image! The lighting ratio is perfect, and the gradients of your GFX100S†are amazing.
Jim


Thanks Jim. It's really interesting to see how the files come to life as you work on them and just how nice the files are from that sensor. By far the best of any camera I've used to date. The only real issue was in that Fuji 100-200 lens is only an f/5.6 and at times it had a hard time locking on to focus with only modeling lights. The 45-100 zoom was much better but not right for this job. And for the main light there were two 250 watt modeling lamps inside the large Chimera and one of the same inside the small dish, so there was at least a decent amount of modeling light to focus by.




Dec 22, 2022 at 09:16 AM
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nice work. love the lighting


Dec 22, 2022 at 09:46 AM
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ksmmike wrote:
nice work. love the lighting


Thanks Mike. I appreciate you noticing that.




Dec 22, 2022 at 10:08 AM
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Beautiful Peter!
Dan



Dec 22, 2022 at 11:23 AM
 


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Great lighting (I'm still having trouble getting a good backdrop light like you've done) and absolutely love the sepia tone.


Dec 22, 2022 at 01:17 PM
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GoodEgg wrote:
Great lighting (I'm still having trouble getting a good backdrop light like you've done) and absolutely love the sepia tone.


Thank you. There was no separate background light, just some spill from the large soft box. What makes it look like a background light is the vignetting, which is done in two stages. First I separate the subject from the background using Select > Subject and then refine that using the Quick Mask tool fixing the edges, then floating that up to a new layer and applying a vignette with a Curves Adj. Layer through a roughly circular or maybe ovalized circular mask with a 1000 pixel blur on the selection, and do that Under the new subject layer. Then I'll do the whole thing again on top of everything which adds to the first vignette and adds some to the subject as well and helps me emphasize what I want and de-emphasize what I don't. Plus I wanted him close enough to the background that I'd get some of his shadow on the background as well.



Dec 22, 2022 at 01:53 PM
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Beautiful portrait Peter, you did a great job whit the three light set up.

Marcelo



Dec 22, 2022 at 06:36 PM
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Lightsearcher wrote:
Beautiful portrait Peter, you did a great job whit the three light set up.

Marcelo


Thanks Marcelo. Simple is often best.



Dec 22, 2022 at 06:57 PM
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I'm not a portrait guy, but this looks perfect to me.


Dec 23, 2022 at 06:38 AM
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Great setup, very well done !


Dec 23, 2022 at 07:19 AM
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Jim Dockery wrote:
I'm not a portrait guy, but this looks perfect to me.


Yes you are Jim. You make beautiful portraits of those mountains you love so much.




Dec 23, 2022 at 07:47 PM
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lazlo369 wrote:
Great setup, very well done !


Thanks Lazlo. I appreciate that.




Dec 23, 2022 at 07:48 PM
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Lovely image Peter. I love the beautiful lighting of the subject and the soft spill on to the background. A great tone to the whole image.

Dave



Dec 26, 2022 at 09:38 AM
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Dave_E wrote:
Lovely image Peter. I love the beautiful lighting of the subject and the soft spill on to the background. A great tone to the whole image.

Dave


Thanks Dave. I'm pretty happy with it.



Dec 26, 2022 at 06:42 PM
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