Flashmaster David Hobby over at Strobist has published Part 1 and Part 2 on his wildly-popular blog detailing a portrait session he did for mezzo soprano Alexandra Rodrick.
The shot was lit with Profoto. Hobby used an Acute2 1200 60 feet away as a fill light and an Acute2 2400 120 feet away as a rim. It was keyed with speedlights in a Japanese silk lantern.
His camera was a Mamiya 645DF with Phase One P25+ digital back. His lens was a Mamiya Sekor AF 80mm f/2.8 D. PocketWizard Plus III units were used to trigger the lights furthest from the subject.
Hobby explains he wanted to “push against the boundaries a little more, both creatively and technically.” He educates readers about the relationship between lighting distance and depth of field, and how he wanted the light to disperse evenly throughout the scene. The text of these posts are as enlightening as the photo is beautiful. Don’t miss both full texts on Strobist.