01. Rosalinde lit with a barefaced Cactus RF60 Speedlight triggered by the remarkable Cactus V6 trigger on my Fuji X-T1. The Cactus trigger can also work with all recent Nikon, Canon and Pentax Speedlights giving full manual control from the camera and a digital readout of the power set. These eclipse all the triggers I’ve tried previously and are a perfect tool for those photographers migrating to the Fuji X system.
On the last day of my trip to Den Haag in the Netherlands I had a fun shoot set up with my friend Nick Liburd. We shot in my hotel suite until lunchtime then ventured out into the cold for an hour or so with top model Rosalinde Kikstra. Here is a small selection of the shots we took just a few hundred meters from the hotel. Enjoy
02. The same single Cactus Speedlight was used here set at half power and at 105mm zoom. Shot using the 35mm lens on the X-T1.
03. I must admit I’m a lover of hard light. I find it a delight to use. I had to place Rosalinde carefully here to try and avoid sun splodges. The light from the Cactus RF60 is as good as any Speedlight I’ve owned. Taken with the trusty 56mm lens on the X-T1.
04. ‘Stairway to heaven’ or Out of the blue’ you choose. Shot with the 56mm lens.
05. I set up an action shot for Rosalinde. I wanted energy and her feet off the ground. The flip out screen on the X-T1 is perfect for ground shots avoiding lying in the gutter. The Fuji 14mm lens is fab for full length portraits like this.
06. A Blue Transit van was the perfect background for this classic shot. 56mm lens with a Hoya Pro x64 ND filter (6 stops). The Hoya Pro series are fantastically neutral and consistent. I use them regularly when shooting on location to allow me to use open apertures in sunlight or with flash. Unlike an SLR the viewfinder, weather EVF or LCD on the Fuji X cameras remains at perfect exposure.
Coming up: The boudoir set with Rosalinde. Probably my favourite set of hotel room shots ever. Don’t miss it here soon.
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