Every now and then I like to do a google image search for my name and see what pops up. It can be interesting, amusing and sometimes a little distressing to see where my pictures have wandered off to on the interweb all by themselves. Last night I happened across one of my shots on GuessTheLighting.com, a blog run by Ted Sabarese who I have never met. I think all photographers try to break down the lighting when looking at pictures to a certain extent, and Ted decided to create a blog about it. I was a little taken aback at first to see lighting diagrams because I thought maybe we had worked together or something but then after reading the details I realized he was in fact just guessing, as is the point of his site. He is pretty close on quite a few things and others, especially the comment section is pure speculation and meant as a joke I’m sure. I made a few corrections so it’s no longer just a guess.
This hyper-sharp, seemingly pencil-sketched portrait of Clint Eastwood for the recent Mandela Day campaign was created with 4 lights. True
Camera: Nikon D3x with
135mm 80-200mm f2.8 lens, handheld 6 10ft feet back from Clint. Shot at 1/ 125 250, f 11 16, ISO 100.
Lighting (Clint): Crisp, punchy lighting like this can only be achieved with bare bulbs and no diffusion. True. The key light is a grid reflector at f
11 16 with a 40 30 degree grid, boomed 3 1.5 ft feet above camera and 4 feet from Clint’s head Just above Clint’s face and just out of frame. Overall fill is achieved with an on-camera ring flash at f 4 1/2.81/2 Two small strip lights white beauty dishes at f16 are 5 feet behind him, positioned camera left and right and above. Two v-flats have been set to focus the light on his head and medium black flags block any potential lens flare. The strips white beauty dishes lend strong highlights to his hair and shoulders. There is a black duvateen background.
Lighting (Hand): The lighting for Clint’s hand is
nearly identical Not really except that the two strip lights have been replaced with two normal reflectors and aimed at the white background. True. The key light has been lowered below the hand and pointed slightly upward. Nope, It’s just Ring flash. There is a 6’x6′ black piece of duvateen with an 11″x14″ square cut out of it for his hand to block flare from the background.
When Clint arrived at the studio, he asked Scott what he was looking for. Scott said he wanted a combination of Dirty Harry, Bronco Billy and Josey Wales, but without the shooting him in the face part. Not Exactly. This was shot at the Beverly Hills Hotel for Nelson Mandela’s foundation 46664. Clint, like most people, does not seem to enjoy having his pictures taken all that much and this is actually the first frame of the shoot as he had just stepped into position on set and was not super enthused about being there. He soon loosened up and I have lot’s of frames of him with a nice friendly smile but this one captures that “Dirty Harry, Bronco Billy and Josey Wales” thing we all know and love so much. The shots of the hand is just him messing around. For the campaign we shot just the palm of his hand facing the camera and after a few frames of that he started improvising.