Friday, December 12, 2008

"Hot Salsa - 2"

"Hot Salsa Too"
©David A. Ziser

Here is the last of the three minute portraits I did in San Jose, Mexico at Morgan's Restaurant last Saturday. This image is of my good buddy Kent Smith. There was a small staircase next to where we were sitting. I asked Kent to go up the steps just a bit and get comfortable. LaDawn was holding my little halogen flashlight just out of camera range to the left. I had her move a bit more to the left so that Kent's shadow dropped mostly out of the shot - hence the split lighting on his face. I like the split lighting, because in this situation, it brings the subject right out of that rich red background. My favorite part of the composition is Kent's perfect symmetry - dead center - within the composition. Notice too, how his arms create the second part of the X, crossing with the banister on the back wall - all very cool for a portrait. Folks, its always about the composition and lighting - that's what makes this portrait work. Camera specs; Canon 5D Mark II fitted with 24-105mm IS lens at 28mm, F4.0 @ 1/15 second, ISO 5000. Enjoy! -David


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