The next series of images this week are portraits I shot of quintessential Venice Beach characters. The first few are of Harry Perry, a street musician who has played Venice for over 20 years. I connected with him late in the day and he allowed me 20 minutes of shooting (if I purchased a T-shirt/CD package for $20). He was a business man through and through, he knew his crowd and knew exactly how to work them. I photographed using my Canon 580EX II camera flash and Fong Dome Diffuser. I set the camera in aperture priority mode with a -2/3EV adjustment, and the flash was in ETTL with a -1/3 EV adjustment. I was also using the Lensbaby Composer lens and shot two frames, one with his head sharp, one with the guitar sharp (relatively speaking) and brought them together in a “split focus” technique with Photoshop. This Wednesday I will publish a short Image Critique where I discuss using this flash technique. Technical: Canon 5D, Lens Baby Composer, f/4, ISO800, 1/8 second exposure. Here’s a link to a great link to a YouTube video of Harry doing his thing.