My mom was in town a couple weeks ago so I took the opportunity to set up the poor man’s Martin Schoeller rig and do a quick portrait session with her. I used a couple four foot Home Depot fluorescent shop lights with 5000K bulbs, which gave me f/2.8-3.5 at 1/500 at ISO 400. I threw a Canon FDn 200mm f/2.8 IF on my Canon A-1 and my FTb New to finish off a couple rolls of Fuji Provia 400X in each of those cameras. (This image is from the FTb.) I got some great shots, but this one takes it for me. It’s exactly the shot I wanted.

Mom’s OK with it. She’d rather I go in and run the beauty filters on her wrinkles, but that would defeat the purpose of this shot. I wanted a picture of how my mom looks, not an idealization of “mom” run through Photoshop. I might still do some touch up to a version I’ll send her so she can show it around and feel good about it. I don’t see the wrinkles; I see the woman who brought me into this world and loves me like only a mother can.

Love you, mom!

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