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Swikar Patel - The Journal Gazette
Portrait of Jonah Crismore, the new executive director at the Cinema Center, refelcted in a mirror original to the Spectator Theater, precursor to the Cinema Center, Tuesday afternoon.

Looking in the Mirror

Camera: NIKON D3S

Shutter: 1/160 s

Aperture: f/5

Exposure Setting: Manual (Spot Metering)

ISO: 500

Strobe Flash: Off-Camera Flash

Lens Focal Length: 105 mm

White Balance: Auto

Shooter's Comments:

The mirror was the first thing I noticed when I walked through the doors to meet Jonah Tuesday morning. Logistically, I never thought it would work, so we scouted a couple other locations before shooting, just in case. I told Jonah that I really like that mirror and he told me that it came from the Spectator Theater which was the precursor to the Cinema Center.

He liked the idea of trying something different, so I went to work on that mirror. The background was distracting, so I knew I needed a shallow depth of field. I found an angle that I wasn't visible and did some shots to get my ambient exposure.

It was an overcast day, so controlling the background wasn't difficult. I set up a softbox to the camera's right at 1/2 power to light Jonah. Positioning it to keep it out of the mirror wasn't working due to space restrictions, so I moved Jonah to block the light's reflection in the glass of the mirro and windows.

The last issue was the reflection in Jonah's glasses, which I worked around by raising my light and then turning him away from the light. I played around with putting Jonah in the crevasses of the mirror, but the effect was just enough to not make it work. It needed to be way over the top and it wasn't; so I just framed him in-between the panes, trying to keep as much of the Cinema Center in the background visible as possible. I also chose a low shooting angle to remove the distraction of the handrail on the entrance ramp.

- Swikar Patel, Photojournalist