I’ve often written about where I get my inspiration; One of them being the movies but the other is photography by my friends. A while ago Rick Sammon posted and image using a pose like this one featured on his website. I really like the idea and although Rick used speedlights for his setup I decided to do it using continuous light source—in this case a Rotolight RL48 Interview kit. You can see the lighting setup below.
The RL-48’s are small battery powered—three AA batteries—LED lights that are extremely lightweight (6 oz,) so you can place them in lots of places or in this case dangling one from a tilted lightstand.
This image was shot with my old Canon EOS 50D (now converted to infrared by LifePixel) and my all-time favorite portrait lens Canon’s EF 85mm f/1.8. Exposure was 1/60 sec at f/1.8 at ISO 640. Image was processed in the free Color Efex Pro.
For another approach to creative inspirtaion, pick up a copy my friend Rick Sammon’s book Creative Visualization for Photographers, which is available from Amazon and all of the usual suspects.