This is a man who has spent the majority of his career in life-threatening conditions. He is in my eyes, the definition of true celebrity. People like this command respect. His modesty, despite his incomprehensible achievements, is simply astounding. I wanted to create a portrait that echoed this.
I decided to use speedlights for the convenience, but since it was mid day to underexpose the background sufficiently meant shooting at f14. I knew getting enough power from the main light was going to be a struggle. I used a power pack to give me a full power recycle time of 1 second and set the back lights to ½ power which were fine with batteries.
I have recently started shooting a lot of my male portraits on a 100mm macro, this lens is razor sharp and a beautifully natural length for portraits. It is almost too sharp to shoot women because it leaves nothing to the imagination, but with a subject like this every little hair and wrinkle is accentuated which is exactly what I wanted.
56” octabox for the main light
white reflector, fill camera right
rim 1 light either side (bare head)
Camera – Canon 5Dmk3
Lens – Canon 100mm f2.8 L (macro)
Main light – Yongnuo 565ex 24mm full power
Fill – White Lastolite reflector
Rim lights 2 x Yongnuo 565ex 24mm ½ power
Aperture F14, Shutter 160/sec, ISO 100