An Homage to E.J. Bellocq

belloqThis image and pose is a homage to the work of E.J. Bellocq, who was a photo-grapher in the Storyville district of New Orleans during the early twentieth century. It was my intention to produce an homage and not a slavish copy.

This shot was made in my 11×15-foot home studio. I placed a Smith Victor FLC300 monolight fitted with 24×24-inch soft box that was placed at camera left. Fill was provided by another FLC300 with a 45-inch umbrella mounted and the light is located at camera right and placed at the back corner of my camera room. A Smith Victor 110i monolight with 24×24-inch softbox was used as a hair light. Background was a 10 x 24-foot muslin hung on a JTL background stand.

Camera used was a Canon EOS 5D Mark I and EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens with an exposure of 1/60 sec at f/14 and ISO 125. It was converted to monochrome using Alien Skin Software’s Exposure plug-in.

If you’re interested in shooting portraits and how I use cameras, lenses and lighting in my in-home studio, please pick up a copy of Studio Lighting Anywhere” which is available from with, as I write this, new non Prime copies selling for $17.50 (plus shipping,) cheaper than the Prime price.

Author: Joe Farace

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