Topic: Pix of Week
When I was young the local weekly newspaper published an article saying that one of our local residents had claimed to have been abducted by aliens. So it was only natural that 50+ years later I should photograph a rock band whose ads hint at an intergalactic origin.
We were privileged to have the opportunity to photograph the lead guitarist / vocalist from the band from Vermont known as ASTROCAT. Photographically, it gave us the opportunity to use edgier lighting than called for in our typical family portraits.
We used a gridded main light from camera right, a gridded strip bank camera left and behind the subject, and then to the camera left in front of the subject we used a red-gelled speedlight to give the guitar a "hot" red glow in the highlights.
We discovered the angle of the gelled light had to be almost 90 degrees to the camera to prevent getting a hot spot on the highly reflective guitar. We also were disappointed in the quality of the red light when it hit the face. This tended to just flatten it out without adding any real interest, so we wound up using a Rogue Flashbender to flag the gelled speedlight from reaching the face of our subject.
Once we got some basic shots, we then started "fooling around," trying various poses and lights to see what we would get.
And another one, where you can imagine that he is inviting you to his next concert.
As you can see above, this portion of the session employed more balanced lighting with a smaller contrast ratio, more typical of a casual portrait.
Our subject also brought along another guitar - this one acoustic. We used it to try for a mellower "coffee house" portrait.
If you would like to see more images from this portrait session, Click Here to see a larger sample and to see the above images in a larger format.
Lastly, if you are a local Vermont musician and would like your portrait taken, give us a call. We would love to "shoot" you!
Posted by Warren