This year I was asked to shoot some portraits of the Paseo Club's Head Chef, JP Ruiz, for a Cancer fundraiser. JP volunteered to host a cooking demonstration at the Relay For Life American Cancer Society event and the organizers wanted some images to use in their promotional pieces.
I scheduled the shoot as close to “golden hour” as I could as we were shooting outside on the club property. I found an area with a pleasing background, one that would look nice when blurred out with a large lens aperture. When JP showed for the shoot there was still some ugly direct light so my lovely assistant (and wife) Heidi, held up a diffusion panel to remove the harsh light.
I wanted to add a little bit of fill, so I attached my Canon 580exII flash to a long ETTL cord and put it in a softbox on a light stand just to right of JP. I think I dialed down the Flash Exposure Comp a little, and I may have added a ¼ CTO gel to the flash to warm it up a little bit. JP loved the final shot as did the organizers.
I shot this at 50mm, f1.8, 1/200 sec, iso 100.
Here is JP at the event.