John A is a retired university lecturer, a scholar in history and Christianity, former bike racer, and hobby photographer.
I'm very pleased with these, especially since I've barely ever done that kind of thing before. And I'm looking forward to more people work.
Canon 5D2, 85mm F:1.2. Canon flash with Lightsphere diffuser, dialed down 1.5 stop to let ambient light dominate.
Update: Some people, apparently including David Hobby of Strobist, claim that handheld flash-softeners like the LightSphere are useless. I think this is a stupid claim, as these pictures support. Sure, they have their limits, but I'd really like to know which technique does not. OK, an off-camera flash system can do many more things, but it's more expensive, slower, clumsier, and sometimes simply not practical.