Another Veteran's Portrait Project Session (with a twist)

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  1. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Had another Veteran's portrait project session today; Andrew had called me over a month ago, but there were some scheduling issues and we only just got the session done today. In our discussions prior to the shoot, Andrew's trade hadn't come up. It turns out he was a Clearance Diver, and had this morning, as he put it, a brilliant idea, of borrowing this antique hard-hat. My lighting plan did NOT include a large, more-or-less round and highly reflective posing bench, but, after a few tweaks with light position, I think we pulled it off satisfactorily. As always, comments, critique and suggestions appreciated.

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    CPO2 Andrew Gilmour, CD, RCN (Ret'd)


     
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    I am sure he is very happy with that. I would be!
     
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    As always, solid portrait, despite that highly reflective helmet!! Only minor negative is, I would love to see all of the helmet.
     
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    super. put it on his head and I would have been thrilled.
     
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  5. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I hope so! Thanks! :)

    Thanks! The whole helmet isn't really an option as any lower would mean seeing the odds & ends that supporting the helmet since the custom stand was too low! :lol:

    Damn... I never thought of that! :(
     
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    Love the helmet as both a prop and as an artifact of his service!
     
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    zombiesniper The camera takes the Pic. I just point the way. Supporting Member

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    Great portrait and I could easily see the issues that helmet would cause.
     
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    Rick50 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Excellent work. Makes it hard to suggest ways to improve...... :)
     
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  9. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Yep, and the fanciest posing table I've ever used! :lol:

    Thanks Trev; it wasn't too bad, but it did require some refining of the light angle & position.

    Thanks!
     
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    zulu42 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Very nice. Most people don't know what it takes to get an image like that.
     
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  11. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks! :) In this case, Three light stands, one pop-up background, 21" gridded beauty dish, two speedlights, Nikon D800 & 85 1.4, and and some good, old-fashioned s**t-house luck!
     
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    That's really cool. Well done. Your veterans portraits are outstanding.
     
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