Once again, Detective Nik Night is on the case. Yet another ballerina has turned up, “deceased,” this one in the inglorious confines of a garbage can outside the famed Hollywood Diner in Manhattan. Jealousies amongst prima ballerinas run amok? Competitive fires stoked to a murderous temperature in the hearts of outwardly delicate, refined, tutu-clad dancers? A deadly pirouette to the dark side?
All in name of good fun, and playing with flash. My ever-tolerant, patient protagonists, Nik Pjeternikaj, Larena Danielle and Erica Lynn signed on again for another chapter of The Pointe Shoe Mysteries, featured now on Adorama TV.
Also notable in this adventure are Tether Tools, Profoto, Lastolite, and Capture One. Thirteen flashes were used, of various sizes, ranging from a Profoto A1X to B1X to B10 Plus to B4 to Acute 2400 packs….yikes. We lit the scene from back to front, starting with the diner and working our way towards the foreground, providing selective key lights for our upfront subjects. The main light for Nik, powered by two A1X units, is the Lastolite Ezybox Pro Square with a fabric grid installed. It’s over to camera right as you will see in the video. Gels galore, ’cause, why not? I’m living in the realm of my fractured imagination here, so I can make it any color I want. We were able to go from this, below.
To this below, with our characters and scene lit up.
People have many different descriptions of fun, and the above does fall into the realm of fun, in my head. It’s really like being a kid in the sandbox again, playing with blocks. One here, one there. Don’t like it? Change it. Play. Try a color, or a grid, or a bounce. Working with flash is ongoing experimentation.
Thanks all around on this effort. First to Adorama and the staff for supporting it. (Check out Adorama TV, a far reaching source of photo education in our industry.) And to Tether Tools who supported this edition. Their Air Direct system, supported by the D-Tap power supply, was key here in remaining wireless out there on the streets. The transfer of Nikon Z7 raw files, wirelessly, into Capture One Pro was flawless. Profoto is the go to in our industry for professional quality illumination. They just keep new stuff coming. Lastolite and I have collaborated for years, and their light shapers and location gear are second to none. The Pro Square used here was a perfect light for Nik.
And the folks who make it all go. Lynn DelMastro here in our studio, produced the whole shebang with her usual flawless determination. Mike Grippi, Andrew Tomasino and Christian Rodriguez comprised the stalwart crew. Fernando Martinez ran the show from the Adorama side, and John Luna was the one-man band shooting the video. And as always, Seth Miranda, aka LastXWitness, he of special effects fame, brought the blood.
Resplendent character actor Nik Pjeternikaj anchors the whole deal, with the detective glint in his eyes, suspecting everyone. Larena is our yet to be caught, innocent looking, doe-eyed perp. And the marvelous Erica. What can I say about an actress who will climb into a dryer and a garbage can for me? Thank you to all!