Back to the building. Back to the lights. Another day where Mr. Pixel meets Mr. Photon. OOOOhhhhhh nooooooo!!!!!!
Didn’t even know she was coming back today, but she had such a great time, she jumped the train and headed north, with her fellow model mate, Morgan, below. Again, way to go Aristeo. He runs Emmanuel Modeling in NY, and is just non-stop energy and ideas, trying to help build portfolios for all gorgeous folks he represents.
Jasmin in blue is shot i-TTL with an overhead Lastolite Ezybox Hotshoe table topped, looking flat and straight down. Jasmine lifts her face to meet the light as only she can. Background goes blue courtesy of two blue gelled SB-800 units, about 30′ behind her, and flared out to the walls. White balance was Tungsten B4 on the D3. (Which as we all know, gives you the RCL–Really Cool Look–but for God’s sake keep that on the QT.) For Morgan, one light only, a Ranger unit overhead into a 27″ Elincrhom silver beauty dish.
We spend a bit of time every day, just sorting through studio basics and finding some sweet combos of umbrellas, reflected or shoot through, tri-grip fill boards, silver, white and gold, overhead soft boxes with fill cards, or, as we see here, with a floor skip off a silver Lastolite panel. It’s a fun game of ratios to play with the different zones of light. We got high key background here courtesy of the Lastolite HiLite backgrounder. Pretty cool thing. You stuff strobe heads in the sides of it, and radiate them against the back wall of the unit, and…PRESTO! Instant high key background. Could double on the road as a mattress if you stuffed it well.
Here’s the scene up at Dobbs….Keep telling the photo gear god, Jeff Snyder of Adorama, he’s gotta come up. He had something else to do, though, minor stuff…the Inaugural and prep for the Super Bowl. Oh well….
Another FOL (friend of Lynn’s) stopped by. Phil was super subject with a face that looks as if it should be hanging on Mt. Rushmore, fer chrissakes. He was one of those can do people who, as a photo subject, would look over and see a light being moved, and he would run over to help out moving it. A great guy, with a great profile.
Shot with D3, 70-200mm f2.8, focus cursor right on the near eye. Light is very simple. One Lastolite Ezybox Hotshoe, SB-800 with dome diffuser on. Light is camera right and slightly behind Phil. Shot i-TTL in, oh, about 2 minutes.
Now when we dropped Phil into the blue hallway, ala Jasmine up top, no way I’m lighting them the same way. Phil’s got a great face, character driven, but he ain’t gonna be the cover of Vogue anytime soon, the way Jasmine can anticipate. I pulled the overhead Ezybox down from its high, table topped position and angled it more appropriate to a traditional portrait light. It was only slightly above Phil, at an angle to open his face and eyes, exposure wise. But what I did was program minus two EV into the light, making Phil very dark and moody. Almost gone. Then, we stapped a tight Honl grid to a tightly zoomed SB unit, gelled it warm, and Drew hand held that puppy, aimed right at Phil’s eyes. His face pops, and the rest becomes mood. Phil light!
Kept playing shadow games all day. This is Morgan, as action hero.
And Jasmine, as moving artwork.
Of the two above, one was shot with a Ranger unit, long throw reflector, full cut of CTO, in the parking lot. The other was shot i-TTL, one SB-900, full cut of CTO, in the parking lot. Which one is which?
Quick note….the Bogen Tri-flash I mentioned….here it is…
The proper part number is L LLA2412 and street price will be at about $75, from what I am told. It’s so brand new, probably not represented yet in the catalogs, but it’s coming….Bogen, in combination with Elinchrom and Lastolite, has got tons of stuff in the wings, ready to cut loose.
As usual, Andrew found everything to be hugely funny, which it was. Had a great time, today, round three, working the light. Cool! More tk…..