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Friday, May 20, 2011


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In finalizing the layout for my new portrait portfolio, I decided to lean on a few of the characters that I occasionally chum around to sit for environmental portraits. Monday night, on the eve of the May full moon, my avuncular cycle guru Nick Nichols agreed to take out his Paul Smart Limited Edition Ducati and don his Alpine Star race leathers.

Prior to heading out as we were waiting for the light to ease, Nick polished up the chrome and I set to work experimenting for the first time with a lens baby and a macro attachment. After a few blurry attempts, I finally got the hang of it and made a few nice detail images of the silver steed.

Assistant and friend Travis Turner and I worked a lighting setup that bridged a Ranger unit, several Nikon speedlights set to slave and the setting sun. The contrast of the silver Ducati, the blue race leathers and the warm, and later cool, dusk light made for a striking image and a worthy addition to the new book.

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