I recently joked with my father that he had retired more times than Michael Jordon, to which he assured me this one was it. So with that in mind I decided to do his offical retirement portrait.
As I mentioned in the previous blog post, I had only taken one portrait of him over the years and it really wasn't about my Dad just the photographic technique I was trying out. This time I wanted one that all about him, his enviroment and maybe a snapshot of his life today.
The obvious place to capture this image was his home, Dad loves his back deck and kicking back on it with a glass of iced tea. And then there's his sidekick, Gizmo. The two of them seem to be inseparable, they have their daily walk times, nap times and bed times, oh I forgot to mention, snack times. I often joke as two which one is the pet. As you can see in this portrait, they both get somewhat even billing.
Hope you have a long and healthy retirement Dad, good luck Mom.
Tech Notes, Camera-Nikon D800, Lens-50mm, Lighting-Profoto Compact Flash/Small Chimera Softbox, Illustrative Effect-Topaz Black & White www.tonyarrasmith.com