"Beauty Among The Ruins"
©David A. Ziser
These surrounds aren’t really ruins but the olive press room at the castle. And, I have to say, about the darkest space I’ve ever photographed – just check out the camera specs below. Nevertheless, I thought this space would be perfect for the portrait of Orchi that I had in mind.
Look at all the repeat circular elements we have in this scene – the two pressing stones, the arch in the architecture, the pulleys, and even the curve of the chair back. I thought these repeating elements did a great job in framing our subject. With her positioned near “nodal point #2” we strike a nice visual balance with our subject and all the other visual elements in the scene.
I further wanted to draw viewer attention to our subject with the dramatic use of lighting I chose for this photograph. Since the light was so low in this space I used a small 5 LED flashlight. It was the small cone of light from the flashlight that gives this image a “Hollywood/George Hurrell” look to it which I think is quite striking in the context of the overall composition.
The last adjustment to the image was to make it a straight black and white image. As a B&W image, all distractions of color are dismissed from the scene leaving us a simple, classic, dramatic portrait of this beautiful young lady in this very eclectic location.
Camera specs: Canon 5D Mark III fitted with 24-105MM IS lens at 28mm, F4.5 @ 1/40 second, ISO 12,800. Enjoy! David