Photo Submission by Peter Caine on May 11, 2012 - 18:05
About the Shot
The FAMILY is inspired from Norman Rockwell "Freedom from Want". I recreated the atmosphere with lighting that I researched from Norman Rockwell style and why he created his compositions the way he did. Rockwell researched his subject like often painters did with a camera(another Norman Lindsay also did), using a Kodak folding camera and "flash bulbs" attached to it. This is an important discovery why all his illustrations had that particular "personality". The camera had a fix focus and all the pictures were taken at a distance making them appear as "telephoto" portrait; he also put his subjects when in groups at the frame of the painting and often looking at the camera. The "flash bulbs" close to the lens and far from the subject created a "ring light" effect in the way that Master William Mortensen explains in his book "The Command to Look". I used a 4x5" with a 360mm lens to bring all my subjects to the same proportion, diffused back lighting. I only used one flash reflector above the lens. NO PHOTOSHOP was used to create the "Rockwell"effect, I used lighting like only a cinematographer does.