Model: Martina Bellacima
Location: Southern Italy
Client: None. It was a personal shoot
Lighting: Godox AD1200pro with 70cm softbox and grid
Camera: Fujifilm GFX 50s with GF 32-64mm and 110mm lenses
Tripod: Nova T20 with Benro ball head and RRS lever lock plate
This location caught my eye on Google Earth and I just had to drive the few thousand kilometres to check it out. I did a recce with my friend Dave and we went back the next day to shoot with Martina. There are so many shoot spots here and absolutely no graffiti. I’m saving this location for my workshop clients in 2021 before revealing its whereabouts.
Smoke can make a big difference to a shot. I love the randomness of real smoke on set.
Driving to Italy gave me the option to take a few extra tools that I have never had the luxury of using there in the past. I loaded the car with several decent stands, a boom arm, a battery powered smoke machine, the big Godox AD1200 kit, a large softbox, a full continuous lighting kit and several Godox AD200 heads with modifiers. Most of these things I’d have to leave behind if I were flying to Italy. Fortunately for me, my flights from Bristol to Rome got cancelled by Eazyjet so I decided to drive to Rome instead.
My journey first took me via Eurotennel to Belgium where I ran a couple of workshops. Then I journeyd on through Luxembourg, Switzerland and into Italy doing shoots along the way. Many of these shoots will be on the blog here soon.
My Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio handled the rough terrain and several off road experiences. This video captures one such detour along a dissuesed railway in the quest to find unique shoot locations. “What could possibly go wrong?”
The long walk home. I gave this shot a 16×9 crop to make it feel more cinematic.