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53: Etienne | by Matthew Boyle
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53: Etienne

Etienne: Soccer Aficionado, Laid Back Dude and Gift of St. Stephen


Chosen by Flo and number 53 in my 100 portraits project


Taken at the window of Peckhams Deli in Glassford Street in Glasgow. It was a bit of a challenge since there was almost no natural light and nothing pleasing from the internal lights. I used my wireless flash held about head height and a metre behind me and slightly to my left. I had Etienne look at it's holder, Flo, from the previous portrait and manually adjusted the flash output to get reasonably balanced light, with just a little graduation across Etienne's face. Etienne's dad was holding a reflector on the left of the picture to shine what faint evening light there was back onto Etienne's left hand side. The window was on the right of the picture. Etienne was very relaxed, and had no difficulty holding a relaxed gaze into the camera lens. In summary, the light was really tough, but he was great. It all balances out. I felt that the antique monochrome treatment brought out the catchlights in his eyes more effectively than colour.

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Taken on June 30, 2008