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Emily Moore's picture

The Soldier

October 3, 2020

My friend Jay and I decided to do an American Civil War Union Soldier themed shoot.

This was a three light setup. A beauty dish key light, a softbox to provide some fill, and a background light on a brown canvas backdrop. A 24x36 Matthews flag was used to create the shadow along the left side of the face and hand.

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11 Comments

Ruth Carll's picture

Well deserved Photo of Day!

Emily Moore's picture

Thank you!

D Man's picture

Emily, you did it again! Keep it up.

Emily Moore's picture

Thanks!

Jordan Inglee's picture

So Good Emily!

Lee Huberts's picture

Absolutely stunning picture!

Stephen T's picture

Super photograph. But as Mr Antique Gun guy I have to point out that the revolver is so obviously a modern replica. I have an original Colt 1860 revolver that I use for similar pictures. Still love the picture, though

Albert Wojciechowski's picture

I find his checkered shirt cuff distracting in the overall photo; and, questionable for a period piece.

Emily Moore's picture

Thanks for your comment.

This was purchased from a site for historical reenactment. I am not an expert, but my reading indicates it was common for soldiers to wear patterned shirts under their uniforms, particularly in the winter. While I take the point that it may be distracting, I do not see any indication of it being particularly anachronistic.

Dilyana Hezhaz's picture

I saw this on a critique and instantly loved the styling and light, not to mention the model is perfect for the role. Great work on the colors!

Emily Moore's picture

Thanks! He's actually just a friend of mine who happened to grow his facial hair out. He does some acting in the local community, so he's pretty good at playing characters for shoots too.