Donald Trump – 5-27-2014
Lens: Nikkor 58mm f/1.4
Camera: Nikon D4
Light Sources: 1 Einstein 640 WS by Paul C. Buff
Light Modifiers: Paul C Buff Parabolic Light Modifier
Technique: 3 Shot Brenizer Method
Create a tasteful portrait while being stuck between a rock and a harder rock.
Perfect what I know.
At this point I’ve decided that I know my look for this series. I love the 3 shot stitched bokeh panorama and I’m sticking with it. It’s mine, and I plan to continue using it for many portraits in the future. Donald Trump was an incredibly easy subject to photograph and I can’t wait to share the portrait of his daughter at some point. As always, I was stuck in a fairly undesirable location, but using the parabolic light modifier I was able to create that painterly light that I love so much. It’s all about feathering the light along the edge so that it has a harsher impact on the subject but a soft gradual falloff in the shadows.
I was introduced to Mr. Trump and a few moments later I was photographing a receiving line of 125 people. It’s really intense work doing this kind of thing, but I rather enjoy it.
Shoot what you’re compelled to shoot and your style will define itself over time. That’s what I’ve done with this series and I’m super happy with it.
Photography by Washington DC Wedding Photographer Sam Hurd