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This quietly hilarious shot of Steve Martin was on the cover of Photo District News Magazine. And it’s deeper than it looks. It’s based on Robert Doisneau’s shot of Picasso taken in 1952 and an homage to all three artists. You can get the whole story here. Oh, and this shot was made with 1 light and the sun.

Camera: Mamiya RZ67 with 110mm lens and Kodak Portra NC 400 ASA film, set on a tripod 10 feet back. Shot at 1/125, f5.6, ISO 400.

Lighting: With the higher speed film, Chris is able to compliment the natural light from the window with 1 medium Octabank at f5.6 positioned three feet to camera right. For fill, a v-flat with the white side facing out is placed camera left of Steve, just out of frame. The sunlight through the window at f4 helps to warm the room just a touch and create an evenly lit image with just enough contrast to pique our interest.

Comments: There were originally five bread fingers for each hand, but Steve made a couple of Nutella sandwiches for breakfast before he realized he was eating the props. His look of shame is authentic even though everyone assured him it was no biggie.