I love shooting portraits. The interesting people one meets when traveling around and the various jobs I tend to do, exposes me to a massive variety of different peoples. From mingling with celebrities in social parties in 5 star venues or the street vendors in down town Cape Town or sports stars in intimate venues, I get to meet them all. and often photograph them in their environments.
This was the second time I had photographed Jacques. He is a permanent employee on a farm outside Wellington in the Western Cape. The farm is a wine grape, plum and citrus farm. Every winter they have to prune back the various vineyards and orchards to prepare for the upcoming fruit season. For the past 2 years I have worked with a Swiss tool manufacturing company called Felco. They specialise in making pruning shears and saws of all sizes for all types of trees and produce. The quality is evident as even the farm workers who have to buy their own shears prefer these tools over any other because the tools do not break and work hard. They can prune up to 2000 vines in one day!
Here is a before and after portrait of Jacques.
The lighting was simple. I used the setting sun as the rim light, highlighting the back of his head and his right shoulder. The key light was a Profoto 600W head with white beauty dish a little above his head and to camera right. I used a silver poly board under his face about tummy height to lift the light in his eyes and his chin.
The edit was a simple Lightroom tweak: a little desaturation, push contrast and lift shadow values. Crush the blacks a little and I played around with the split toning.
I printed this for the client on canvas and it looks magnificent!