copyright, Jim Fiscus.
It seems only fitting to start with this image of Dexter holding an infant (like our nascent blog, blind to the possible horror and agony that possibly awaits us). That said, I believe Jim didn’t use any less than 7 heads to achieve the dramatic effect here.
Camera: Hasselblad H1 with 80mm lens and Phase One P45+ digital back, on tripod 6 feet from subject. Shot at 1/125, f11, ISO 100.
Lighting: Key light is a Profoto, white beauty dish with grid at f11 positioned about 3 feet camera left. Another white beauty dish is 4 feet camera right as fill at f5.6. An Elinchrom 6’ Octabank at f.4 is set 4 feet directly behind and above camera for overall fill. A small soft box on boom is overhead at f22 for hair lights. 2 small strip lights at f22 are behind the subject on the left and right sides for highlights. The glow behind Dexter is from a head with standard reflector at f22 on a waist-high stand behind him. 2 8’ v-flats (black side facing subject) helped to flag unwanted light.
Comments: Jim ate a bran muffin for breakfast as he wanted to be light on his toes and not sluggish in case the situation called for quick movement. Only decaf coffee was served by the caterer to keep potentially harmful jitters to a minimum. He made sure to wear his Adidas track sneaks and to never make direct eye contact.