B&W Portrait

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I finally got to upgrading my 70-200 lens to a f/2.8 IS (Mark I) version last week. On Saturday I had the time to "test drive" it in the studio :) I must say I'm very happy with its performance.


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Strobist information:

Very simple lighting was used to achieve this look. An Elinchrom 44cm (white) Softlite (beauty dish) was mounted on a boom just in front and above the subject and a 18cm gridded reflector was used from behind the subject (camera left) as a kicker / hair light. A silver reflector was used as fill below the subject (check the catch lights in the eyes). The strobes used were Elinchrom D-Lite 4 It. A Sekonic L-358 was used for metering the strobes.

  • Ben Bammens 3y

    Very powerfull

    Very nice portrait indeed
  • Nigel Neve 3y

    Excellent shot!
  • Stefan Lindholm 3y

    Thanks :)
  • John Guarino 3y

    Interesting. f/11 and still the focused is shaved so closely.
  • Stefan Lindholm 3y

    John Guarino Actually, SOOC everything was in focus. I tried using the "iris blur" effect in PS CS6 Beta. I thought it did a good job at bringing even more focus (pun intended) to the eyes. I know there is a little discrepancy as the nose is in focus but the chin is not. However, I felt it worked best visually like this.
  • Zaffiria 3y

    nice portrait!!!
  • John Guarino 3y

  • Stefan Lindholm 3y

    Here's what it looks like without the blur :)
  • Ram Yoga 3y

    I really like this. There's a dramatic feel that fits very well with the facial expression.

    And thanks for explaining the issue with f/11 and depth of field. I could get my head around that either. :-)
  • Stefan Lindholm 3y

    Thanks :) I must say I'm really digging the Elinchrom beauty dish, and the light I can get with it. I'll definitely pick up the grid Elinchrom just released to get a little bit more control.

    After all the critique I've gotten on the fake DOF, I'm starting to second guess my decision. Perhaps an idea would be to try to shoot at f/8 or so to get a little less DOF :)
  • ’’ ذات الشمَمْ .! 3y

    So nice
  • Ram Yoga 3y

    Actually, I quite liked the effect you had applied. My question was meant as a "how the heck did he do that?". Personally I love shooting at large apertures and natural light, since low depth of field makes your
    subjects pop. I've never managed to recreate that with flashes. Thus my question.
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Taken on April 21, 2012
  • EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
  • ƒ/11.0
  • 200.0 mm
  • 1/160
  • 100
  • Flash (off, did not fire)
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