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One Light - "Winners"
by Gary Bernstein

I made this image of 1999's Academy Award Winner, James Coburn, in Los Angeles in 1981. The image was made for part of the Jean-Paul Germain "Winners" fashion campaign. Shot on Kodak Kodachrome 25 in a 35mm camera affixed with a 105mm telephoto, it is an example of one-light photography -- a 600-watt-second strobe bounced into a 32-inch umbrella. The photograph was shot against a white background. Its gray rendition is a consequence of two to two-and-half stops of background underexposure (known as "falloff"). Exposure was 1/60 second at f/4.0.


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