Allan organised an AP Meet on Saturday to shoot some sport/fitness type photographs. Towards the end of the session, we migrated to one of the training room with a set of mirrors as a wall at one end. This proved to be an excellent backdrop and allowed me to really blur out the background (by effectively making it twice as far away).

While giving the appearance of purely natural light, this is actually lit with a single flaash fired into a gold reflector (camera left).

Simple techniques like this are some of the things we discuss in or Portrait Workshops.

View all photos taken: Saturday, 3rd July 2010, This photo: 3:15pm


  • aramisfirefly said:
    Gah!! I totally forgot about this shoot, I got mixed up with dates. Nice work Dave, was real keen to come along too to pick up a few things ::(
  • leadegroot said:
    Is it just me, or does this guy look like Eric Bana?
    Amusing :)
  • Out_and_About said:
    [] I don't see Eric Bana but I do like his face. I wish I could have made this but had other things happening.
  • accesser said:
    Nicely done with the mirror work
  • ~*Hang*~ said:
    hotty :P seem like alot of fun taking portrait. I love the blurred background... very clever, how you control the lights with mirror
  • WanderingSolesPhotography said:
    reminds me of Patrick Swayze.. Nice shot.
  • dtmateojr said:
    nice nice. i have scheduled a photoshoot with the same model on the 17th of July. this should be fun.
  • frednaut said:
    Fantastic photo David
  • [ Kane ] said:
    That guy looks like me...
  • David de Groot said:
    [] That's alright Matt, most of the models didn't show anyway.
    [] 'tis a bit tricky. So much so, I managed to chop his hands off without noticing - d'Oh!
    [] Well as you can see, the window is blown, but I'd aimed for that to provide less distraction and that afternoon feel.
    [] A bit yeah.
    [] He's a good bloke to work with, likes to shoot too.
    [] Thanks Geoff. Managed to muck up the composition a titch (cut his hands off), but trying to get focus at f/1.2 and avoid appearing in the mirror while avoiding other people getting in your shot added up to some fast working, and a wee slipup.
    [] Ha!
  • Margot- said:
    Is that you, David? Why you look so buff!
  • David de Groot said:
    [] hahaahaa yeah sure Margot ;-)
  • Kitchens International said:
    A jousting injury perchance?