(Nikon D700, Nikkor 50 f/1.4D @ f/2.8, ISO 200, B&W Orange IR filter).
Nikon SB-800 at camera right, shot through an umbrella at 1/16 power with a light cool gel at f/8 zoomed to 50mm. Triggered via Pocketwizards.
I like shooting portraits with the orange IR filter on occasion. It gives a cool, moody look, which works for certain photos. It also translates to black-and-white extremely well and make cool hotspots similar to overexposing older films.
This year, the city of Salinas has been hit with a lot of gang-related violence, including nine homicides and countless shootings. The two major players are Mayor Donohue and police chief Ortega (below).
I had a chance to shoot him today in a non-press conference setting (I literally had 5 minutes due to his secretary double-booking him today). I used a single shoot-thru umbrella with an SB-800 with a ND gel at 1/4 power zoomed at 50mm. My Camera was set at f/5.6 and 1/125 sec at 200 ISO.
I wanted a dark, serious but not hopelessness photo of the chief . Basically he's retiring soon, but it still a forefront on the gang violence. I wanted to capture him in a strong sense, but still keep it mellow. I think I achieved that at some level.
He has a very strong presence as a figure and his hands are powerful looking in the longer portraits. He has a great face to photograph as well.
Nic Coury is a professional photographer based in Monterey, California. He specializes in unique portraiture with a journalist style in both digital and film media. He can travel throughout California and the west for clients. He works currently as the staff photographer for the Monterey County Weekly.