This is a quick portrait that I did of my father in law when he got back from evening prayer. I wanted it to look a bit as though it was just taken on the spot with available light; maybe a street light or the light from a house. I am of course using flash though (which you know if you know me…you know), a LP160 with a small softbox to be exact. There is also a 1/2 CTO and a yellow gel on the flash, in order to simulate the kind of light that would typically be seen in a place like this. It kind of matches the light from the building behind the subject, which helps anchor it in the scene. I tried it with only CTO and only yellow gel as well but it looked best when I combined the two. The light is angled down (like a street light would be) and it’s just out of frame (like a street light wouldn’t be).
You might think that there’s a second flash in there, coming from the other side, perhaps with some blue gel. It is, however, simply light from a bare bulb outside the building out of frame to camera left. It’s not blue either, it’s white, I’ve just played with the while balance to get an overall cooler look to the whole image.
This was one of only two occasions when I used my tripod on this trip. I’m shooting at a low ISO so I need a slow shutter to take in enough of the ambient light. I wasn’t worried about my subject moving since I quite like the effect of some movement and the flash will freeze the part that needs to be sharp anyway. I’m fairly happy with the final result, though I’ll probably try a different angle for the light next time, mainly to get at least one eye out from the shadows.
Not much else to say here, it was quick and simple. We’ll get a bit fancier in the next couple of posts.