Greg Vojtko’s Laser Portrait
While working at Naval Sea Systems Command in California, photographer Greg Vojtko had the opportunity to photograph engineer Dan King, designer of laser calibration standards.
Instead of taking a traditional headshot and calling it a day, Greg created a dramatic portrait of a man at work. In a darkened room, Greg set up two speedlights to illuminate his subject, triggered them with PocketWizard radio triggers, then left his shutter open while filling the room with smoke to burn in the light from the lasers.
He writes, “While the phrase ‘Smoke and mirrors,’ is often considered a metaphor for a deceptive or fraudulent explanation, in this case served to bring a portrait to life.”
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