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Portraiture Photo Contest Winners

First Prize Angela Perez

The Fashion Circus

For lighting, I used a 16inch Gridded Beauty Dish with a Flashpoint 600B monolight . For the backdrop, I used a Pink Savage Seamless Paper. I did all the makeup, wardrobe styling and the retouching in the photo. For this photo, I really wanted to showcase joy and have fun incorporating creative colors and textures. I felt the combination of the dark skin paired with bright colors and my models awesome smile really radiates joy and playfulness.

Canon EOS 6D, Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 Di LD , Shot at 71mm f/5 1/160s ISO 100, Photo Location: Orlando, Florida

Second Prize Cheryl Clegg

Alexa, 9 years old

I have an ongoing series of portraits I have been working on since 2015 called, Downeast Harborside. The portraits are of the lobster fishing community of Corea, Maine. Alexa is one of those hardworking lobster fishing women of the Harbor. At 9 years old she was able to get a fishing license to grant her a small number of traps. Alexa’s grandfather, Chris drives the boat, but Alexa does all of the work (pulling the trap, baiting the trap, banding the lobsters for the local co-op). I wanted to show that while Alexa might only have been 9 years old, she was serious about her work on the water.

Date Taken: Aug. 22, 2017, Camera: Canon 5D MarkII, Lens: Canon 85mm at f 3.5, 1/800 sec. ISO: 125, Lighting: Daylight

Third Prize Darren Van Gorder

The One Eyed Cat

On the right side one gelled green 1/16, and one in front slightly right with 1/4 CTO gel. The K was set to 4000. The photo was shot in the Jesus Wall Studio in downtown Los Angeles. The studio was picked for its unique dramatic look. A polar opposite to the rock/electronic music of Gypsy DeathStar. There were two cats that roamed the studio, I guess to keep rodents out of it. When I noticed that one of the cats had only one eye, I said we got to use him in a shot. Wyatt Hull the lead singer loved the idea so it was with his portrait that we shot the cat. So I set up the lighting first and took a few portraits of Wyatt. When he was into it and had his groove I added the cat. This is by far on of my favorite portraits I have ever taken.

Specs; 1/100 second shutter speed, F 6.3, ISO 200, Canon 17mm, Canon 5D Mark 2, (4) 580 EX flashes- 2 with red gels set at 1/16 and 1/32.

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