Portraits from the Plateau — Sylvain Grand’Maison

I took this shot for fel­low friend, art direc­tor and pod­caster Syl­vain Grand’Maison about a month ago. Syl­vain pro­duces an extremely suc­cess­ful French pod­cast here in Que­bec that fea­tures great pod­safe music,  great artists and does it all while drink­ing great beer and talk­ing about social media and podcasting.

Syl­vain needed some pho­tog­ra­phy done so we got together for a few hours and clicked the shut­ter. He specif­i­cally had a con­cept in mind and we focused mainly on his con­cept (can’t talk about it yet). After the shoot though, we also took some casual shots and many of them came out quite nice includ­ing this one.

Sylvain GrandMaison

Syl­vain Grand’Maison

Sylvain’s blond hair and eyes came out really well against this black back­ground and both he and I really dig this shot. In terms of light­ing, I used a Quan­tum flash in an umbrella at 45 degrees and a reflec­tor on the oppo­site site. I did a bit of soft­en­ing on his body and added some glow to his hair in post so that his face is the most strik­ing ele­ment in the shot. Exif data is 1/80 at F-7.0 ISO 400 at 75mm.


  1. Susan says:

    I want my eyes to pop like his! :0)

  2. admin says:

    Thanks for the com­ments guys — it was an easy shoot. Syl­vain is a hand­some dude with great eyes and great hair.

  3. Hi Marko,

    Great work on this one. Syl­vain must be very happy with the results.

  4. C.C. Chapman says:

    Great shot as usual. His eyes cer­tainly do pop in this and you cap­tured that nice slight grin he has going on.

  5. Benny says:

    Another stun­ning por­trait Marko, way to go!

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