Breakfast of Champions by Regina Pagles
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Breakfast of Champions

August 10, 2014

Model: Leon Lewis

Leon is a local legend in these parts. After living here in Springdale for the past 15 years, I had only just met Leon for the first time last week when he wandered into our bike shop to see if Fred could fix the wheel to his horse cart. Fred instantly recognized him as he was getting out of his pick up truck and we were both excited at the prospect of meeting the legend in person. He was just as sweet as I imagined and as we were chatting in the shop, I was envisioning him in my studio. During conversation, Leon mentioned his daughter Vaneta, who I know, but had no idea that she was his daughter. I messaged Vaneta after he left and asked her if she thought Leon would be interested in having a portrait done.

This image is the result :)

"I milked my first cow when I was five..." Leon Lewis was teacher and principal at the two-room Springdale (Utah) Elementary School for more than 30 years. He is also a lover of poetry, which he commits to memory and often recites. When he retired to his farm, the county named its local library after him.

Lighting info:
- AlienBee B800 in med. soft box, camera left at aprox. 30 degree angle
- AlienBee B800 in med. octabox behind camera, up high, for fill
- AlienBee B800 with 40 degree grid behind subject, aimed at a hand painted Oliphant Studio canvas backdrop
- Paul C. Buff Cybercync triggers

Canon 5d Mkll
Canon 24-105mm 'L' Lens (70mm)
F/11 - 125th sec. - 125 ISO
Photoshop CS6

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7 Comments

Cris Magsino's picture

this is beautiful. I love the tones specially :)

Regina Pagles's picture

Thanks, Cris... I got lucky with this one :)

Adam Bender's picture

I have a hard time believing that. We make our own luck! You rock.

Jozef Povazan's picture

Another great portrait, like your simplicity a lot...

Jozef Povazan's picture

Pleasure to look at your style - not my field as wedding photographer setting 3 strobes is almost impossible on wedding day, but your Rembrandt lighting with strobes is very nice :)