Camera: NIKON D3S
Shutter: 1/40 s
Exposure Setting: Manual (Pattern Metering)
Strobe Flash: Off-Camera Flash, with soft box
Lens Focal Length: 102 mm
White Balance: Auto
Shooter's Comments: When I read the assignment for this photo, I knew I wanted to light it in a way that would make it feel reflective or contemplative. I talked to Tim about it and he let me roll with the idea since his schedule was open and I had 30 minutes or so.
Looking around the sanctuary, I was immediately drawn to the framed poster of the cross with the deep red. I placed him in a way that I could incorporate that into my shot. I took a shot using the ambient light and set my camera's exposure to pretty much kill the ambient except for a little spill from the windows which hit the poster.
There was a reflection from the window light on the poster. To block that, I had Tim adjust his posture so his head would cover it up.
I used one SB-900 in a medium-sized soft box at 1/2 power and put it right in front of Tim, turning it away from the camera to add some light to the poster and also to only partially light Tim's face and the book. I really wanted that red in the poster to pop. I went with the soft box over an umbrella because I wanted a dramatic spill of light to only hit Tim's face and the book he was using to teach his bible study class.
- Swikar Patel, Photojournalist