Portraits of Ajay

This is Ajay, we met up at his place in Sonoma, CA and took a bunch of shots on a very hot (yet windy!?) evening recently. I’ll tell you this much….Ajay loves his clothes. He changed outfits more times than anyone I’ve ever worked with. No complaints from me though, it gives the shots variety and it was nice to rest while he changed!

This first shot was taken in the biggest farmyard barn I have ever been in, thankfully it also had power so we could use big lights rather than our little battery powered flashes. This was shot with an Alien Bee B800 in a soft box at some sort of power setting that really isn’t relevant. Every time I shoot I use this technique, big thanks to Glyn Dewis for the virtual lesson!

Ajay Filipe photographed in Sonoma, California by Paul Pratt.

Ajay Filipe photographed in Sonoma, California by Paul Pratt.

Next up is a shot I took outside where we battled a swarm of mosquitoes, soaring temperatures and a very tricky angle. Luckily Ajay is very tall and I was able to stick the 135m f/2.0 L on and stand waaaaaay back and grab this shot!

Ajay Filipe photographed in Sonoma, California by Paul Pratt.

This next shot was taken in Ajay’s living room. A single shoot through 60″ umbrella up close with a Canon 580 EX dialed down to about 1/64th power gave me this shot.

Ajay Filipe photographed in Sonoma, California by Paul Pratt.

Here’s another one with the same setup.

Ajay Filipe photographed in Sonoma, California by Paul Pratt.

I’ll end this post, rather fittingly with one of the last shots of the day. I know the girl in the long grass has become a cliché shot to the point of becoming a joke…but we have a GUY in the long grass so it’s different! Anyway, I’ll still take the girl in the long grass shot as soon as I have a girl to shoot and some long grass to shoot her in!

Ajay Filipe photographed in Sonoma, California by Paul Pratt.

That’s all for now. Thanks for stopping by and reading. Thanks to Ajay for inviting me up to shoot and being so free and open to and with ideas.

Thanks for stopping by. If you would like to work with me let me know!

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    • Hi John

      Thanks. The second last shot was a 580EX II in a shoot through 60″ umbrella. I turned the power on the flash down to 1/64th so I could shoot at f/2.8. Before I got to that point I had tried the shot with a Profoto Acute D4 in a softbox but it was too powerful. That’s been happening to me a lot; the strobes are too powerful so I fall back to the small flashes!

      Cheers

      Paul

  1. Absolutely fantastic images Paul; seriously good work my friend!

    Lighting, composition and the variety of shots and locations works a treat.

    Keep it coming!
    All the best to you,
    Glyn

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    • Hi again Noel

      Thanks for the feedback. We took a lot of images in the grass as it was pretty windy and we got a few that I liked. In that environment the end result is somewhat down to luck I think (with regards to how the blades of grass end up) but it’s fun to try…unless you have hay fever!

      Cheers

      Paul

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