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"B.B. King"

 
 

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Assignment type:
Portraiture
 

I am in awe of blues legend B.B. King, and was very nervous about photographing him. But he turned out to be such a warm, charming and gracious host that he soon put me completely at ease. The man is a true Southern Gentleman.

I had very little time to get the shot in his dressing room, before I was supposed to photograph him on stage for a possible cover shot. Even then I was only allowed minutes to get the shot.

I positioned a small underwater flash I brought with me because it had a slave trigger, and then used the top-mounted flash on my Nikon bounced backward and to the side to fill in the light. But the result is a "classic" portrait in a room with poor lighting and no windows.

To get the cover shot, I used a Nikon d100 on a tripod with a 70-300mm zoom.

 
 

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