A Simple Portrait: Connecting Past, Present & Future

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NORCO, Calif. (Oct. 12, 2017) Portrait of Capt. Stephen H. Murray, commanding officer of Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Corona Division, from 1 Aug 2014 to 13 Oct 2017. Murray holds a replica Egyptian cubit, an early length standard dating from the construction of the Pyramids and a symbol for NSWC Corona’s measurement and calibration capabilities traceable to national standards. (U.S. Navy photo by Greg Vojtko/Released)

During Capt. Stephen H. Murray’s tenure, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Corona Division’s metrology and calibration mission expanded exponentially. I thoroughly enjoyed his time at the helm and wanted him to leave with a special portrait, something that linked his Navy career and his lasting impact on the command’s past, present and future.

When Murray appeared for an updated military portrait, I had a lighting scheme arranged for the distinctive portrait above on an adjacent set.

Nuts and bolts: Key light is a Canon 580 EXII set to maual, outfitted with a Lumiquest LTP modifier tabled-topped in front of the subject and triggered with a Pocket Wizard transceiver. Ditto for the back light, only it was modified with an Interfit Strobies Uni-Mount and a small grid.  The edge lights were a matching pair of Nikon SB-800s, set to SU-4 mode, each with a Uni-Mount and a set of barn doors to control any spill. Camera used was a Canon 5D MkII with Canon EF 100mm F2.8 IS Macro.

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