Antonio Banderas was nominated for an Oscar this year for his work in the film Pain and Glory. He is a super cool guy and very passionate about photography in addition to being a great actor. He really knows his stuff and it was awesome speaking with him for a bit.
This is a different lighting scenario from the Willem Dafoe image I posted yesterday. Here we have a soft side key light. It is 2 Mighties bounced into an 8’x8’ V-flat and returned through an 8’x8’ full grid cloth. The @Litegear LiteMat Plus 4 was still overhead, but a bit more frontal for some soft fill. The Tweenie eyelight was still working and now we have a 1K Mickey with a Medium Chimera wearing a 40 degree fabric LCD grid as a backlight. The camera is an @Arri Alexa Mini with 50mm @CookeOptics Panchro/i Classic at T2.2. I really like getting into the 3’-5’ range with the 50mm. It makes the face pop and separates it from the body creating lots of depth.
A window was added to his hand in the grade because it was closer to the key and registering too bright for my taste, so I took it down to make sure the key side of his face was the brightest part of the image.
This frame is from a film I shot about portrait photography and Vanity Fair’s Hollywood issue. It is now playing at The Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, CA as part of the Vanity Fair: Hollywood Calling exhibit. It is running now through July 26th. The Annenberg Space for Photography is located at 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067. If you get a chance to see the exhibit, please let me know. More images to come.