Wednesday’s shoot was a washout. We were shooting in an overgrown quarry, a flower meadow, a high canopy woodland and a pebble beach. The driving rain was constant so we just got stuck in to a full featured shoot. Here are our pictures.
The rain lashed down but with a bit of resolve there were still great shots to be had. I lit this shot with one barefaced Broncolor Mobil head. Even with the overcast heavy cloud cover we needed the might of the Mobil to deliver this powerful image.
I was testing the new Phase One 645AF camera with a P65+ digital back. I’ve never been one to let a bit of water spoil the party and we all had a great shooting session.
Here is another favourite of mine from the day. I can't quite believe the resolution that the 60 million pixel Phase One back delivers. Look at the detail shot below to see a 100% crop from the image above.
This is a 100% crop from the shot above. If you make giant prints the Phase One camera and back combo might just be the kit for you. At €30,000 it might need a bit more testing before you commit yourself.
Putting on open air shooting events always brings an element of risk but without a bit of risk life would be very boring. I’m going to give the delegates from Wednesday’s shoot a complimentary creative shoot day with big flash in August in lieu of the inclement weather inconvenience. We will get to shoot all new locations with a different model and hopefully better weather.
Even in the woods the rain kept coming. Adam, shown here holding the umbrella over Holly, was our shoot assistant for the day.
As well as the wide shot taken above but with Adam out of the frame, we shot close ups too. You can just make out the bigger rain drops in this shot even at this size.
Holly was wonderful, patient and kind all day despite the situations she found herself in. Marko has removed the rain from this shot.
I love the punchy look created by the Mobil head fitted with a silver umbrella. I used a bare faced head as a kick light from the right. A touch of distant field at minus 2 stops completed the look. I set the ratio on the Mobil pack to 70% / 30% for this shot. Having switchable ratios is a must for this kind of work.
A simple set up using a Bowens Wafer 140 softbox on my Broncolor Mobil head as a key light and a Fresnel fitted Mobil head as a kick light.
A Canon Speedlight was added to the Broncolor mix to light the background of this shot. Indiana Jones had just gone.
As grey a day as you could imagne was livened up with a splash of flash. I let Holly sit on a towel for this shot. All our camera kits behaved themselves and the big flash kit too.
My full review of the new Phase One kit will be on here soon. Please feel free to comment on these pictures, especially if you were one of the participants on the day.