A Photograph of Rebecca from this afternoon. At Zach Theatre.

©2016 Kirk Tuck.

I've been on a mission lately to photograph the people I find interesting. I met Rebecca at a rehearsal for Priscilla Queen of the Desert and I loved her energy and her quirky beauty. Earlier in the week I sent a message to her asking if I could make a portrait with her. She responded quickly and we set up a time for today. 

This morning I was making marketing photographs at the theater of Jaston Williams, one of the originators of A Tuna Texas and Greater Tuna, and after we were done (wonderful shoot, images to follow) I walked over to the big Topfer Theater and scouted a good location in which to make Rebecca's portrait. 

I chose the second floor V.I.P. lounge and used a combination of ambient light, streaming through floor to ceiling windows, and two continuous lights shining through a 50 inch circular diffuser. I used one more circular device, a 48 inch round, black flag to add a shadow to one side of Rebecca's face. 

I used a longer than normal lens (135mm) on a full frame camera and tried to stay in the range of f2.0 to f2.8, which required shutter speeds around 1/125th of a second with an ISO of 320. 


  1. Kirk, I contemplate your beautiful portraits and a silly question comes to my mind.

    When you print these portraits - eg A2 - and you look at these prints under "normal" conditions - lighting and distance - what is your overall qualitative perception:
    * if the source is digital FF: Rebecca?
    * if you start from a portrait done with a silver film medium format camera like Hasselblad or Rollei: Mousumi, Michele?

    It's just for me a matter of synthetic aesthetic perception,of transmitted sensation, of emotional impact.

  2. Beautiful face, great lighting, B&W, square format = great portrait

  3. Hi Kirk,

    Yet another consummate demonstration of your skill. How is your impression of the 135mm Samyang developing ?

    I'm not sure if I've enjoyed seeing all of the portraits you have posted lately - on the one hand i appreciate the beauty of them, and it is an honor to be able to study such eloquently executed portraits, on the other hand it is depressing to see just how far away my skills are from where i would like them to be ;-) ! It is definitely time for me to stop polishing the mechanics and to start developing the art !

    Anyway, thanks for all the thought provoking prose.

  4. Love the portrait.
    Not keen on the post-processed 'frame'



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