Lewis Cardinal, failed municipal election candidate, is now running for the NDP in Edmonton-Centre as one of the federal party’s marquis candidates. Cardinal poses for a photo in in downtown Edmonton on September 4, 2009. Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal
Cardinal was a pleasure to photograph. When I first arrived I mentioned that I had photographed him back in May 2007 on my third day working at the Journal he remembered me and the photo which was nice.
I wanted the photo to say “downtown” so we decided to go outside for the shoot. It was a rainy day and very windy but luckily Cardinal had short hair and wasn’t afraid of a few raindrops. We walked to a nearby parkade and climbed up to the top floor so I could fill the frame with buildings and not be shooting up his nose.
Since it was a cloudy day I decided to pull my favorite trick and colour my 550EX flash with an orange gel. I then set my white balance to Tungsten which makes the background go blue…. much nicer than boring gray rain clouds. The flash was bare-bulb, zoomed to 35mm and probably 45-degrees off to the left. I shot this at 32mm, 1/1000s, f5, ISO200 with a 5D and Pocketwizard Flex5’s.
I shot over a hundred photos of him easily but I liked this one the best because it shows confidence which is important for someone running for election. You can read the Trish Audette‘s profile of Lewis Cardinal in the Edmonton Journal.