Here are a few of my pictures of Stina taken on a big flash test shoot with fellow photographer Nick Bunton. We pooled our lighting equipment so we had 2 Mobil A2R kits, 4 Mobil flash heads, a ringflash or 2, and 5 Speedlights at our disposal. We both chose to shoot Nikon and I used my Nikon D700, with 14-24 f/2.8, 24-70 f/2.8 and 70-200 f/2.8 lenses.
1. This frame of Stina was shot in front of a concrete pillar supporting a link road in Bristol. The lighting design is simple but effective. Two 3/4 backlights were provided by a couple of Mobil heads and a Broncolor ringflash on camera completed the look. ISO 200, 1/200th at f/11
2. Make up for the shoot was provided by the very talented Kelly Standaloft. The weather was often overcast and we used big flash for all our shots including this frame.
3. This is the image we set up to create. I lit Stina with a Broncolor beauty dish on a magic arm clamped to a Lowel Grand Stand. This rig gave us the opportunity to position the beauty dish directly above the shooting line. A second Mobil head provided the kick light on the left. ISO 250, f/14 1/200th second.
4. This second shot of Stina with the same make up and outfit was lit with a single ringflash unit. A budlia bush provided a striking background.
5. In close up, is is easy to see the appeal of ringflash.
6. I love railway tracks and this ringflash lit shot shows a vulnerability. The tracks and sleepers look big alongside Stina.
7. A variation on the shot above.
8. The second look of the day featured gold lips. I lit this frame with a bare faceed beauty dish on a Magic Arm and Grand Stand rig. Without the Magic Arm the lighting stand would have been in the shot.
9. Here is a close up showing Stina's gold lips.
10. I wanted to test out a new dingle technique so we waited for the rain to stop before giving it a go. Lit with a bare faced Mobil head and a Sycamore tree branch :)
11. The sun soon came out and together with a couple of Mobil packs on full power we made this street look shot. I used my 14-24mm lens at 14mm.
12. As above. Beauty dish key light and a bare faced Mobil head as a kicker.
13. The last set up of the day featured the most elaborate make up and a three point lighting set up.
14. Here's a mono version of the look for good measure.
16. This, the last frame shows the value of vibrant kick lighting.
These shots form part of my research for a “Big Flash In The City” workshop. I still have some more testing and planning to do but if you are interested in attending this workshop please email Blaise so we can asses demand. Please feel free to comment on these pictures.