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Eccentric Collector Portrait

Editorial Portrait of tv host and oddity collector Ryan Matthew Cohn and his wife Regina for book, Skulls: Portraits of the Dead and the Stories They Tell. Ryan was one of the central characters on the Discovery Channel show Oddities. This portrait taken at his home was for a book focusing on human skull collectors published in 2021.

Main lighting is from large soft box to camera left giving soft light on the two seated subjects. An additional light came from camera right lighting the interesting and cluttered background. The challenge came from placing the main and background light sources in cramped and highly cluttered environment. Both light stands and my tripod were placed against walls making it difficult to frame crop and place lighting exactly where I wanted it.

45mm · f/5.6 · 1/13s · ISO 100
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