Take a tunnel full of graffiti, one model, a parkour expert, enough lighting equipment to create daylight and a head full of ideas.
That was the plan, it had been for a few months. A good mate (Ross Holkham) and I had discussed doing something like this for a while. We both had several training days and collection of DVD’s from the likes of Brett Harkness, Damien Lovegrove, Zack Arias, David Hobby and various Creative Live seminars I was eager to put it into practice.
This shoot was the first of many personal projects that I will be doing over the Autumn/Winter. It allowed me to experiment with the Elinchrom Quadra and Ranger whilst not being under the pressure of a client shoot.
If you are interested in helping or participating in future shoots let me know. I’m planning on a few shoots in Norfolk, Dublin and Chamonix.
Below are a few shots from the session. I have tried to include some of the EXIF data.
ABOVE: Canon 5D ii, Sigma 85/1.4 :: 1/60 @F8 ISO 200 :: Quadra @ 1/2 power 70×70 SB to camera left about 5ft
ABOVE: Canon 5D ii, Sigma 85/1.4 :: 1/60 @F10 ISO 200 :: Quadra @ 1/4 power 10 deg grid on 21cm reflector directly above Gary
ABOVE: Canon 5D ii, Canon 24-70 :: 1/50 @F9 ISO 200 :: Quadra @ 1/2 power 70×70 SB to camera right about 6ft :: Speedlight with blue gel on full power
ABOVE: Canon 5D ii, Canon 17-40 :: 1/160 @F20 ISO 200 :: Ranger RX @ 1/2 power :: 70×70 gridded SB over my head. I used the grid to get better light fall off on the background.
ABOVE: Canon 5D ii, Canon 70-200 :: 1/60 @F2.8 ISO 100 :: Quadra @ 1/4 power 70×70 SB to camera right about 5ft from Anna
ABOVE: Canon 5D ii, Canon 70-200 :: 1/100 @F7.1 ISO 200 :: Quadra @ 1/2 power 70×70 SB to camera left about 8ft from Anna :: Ranger @1/2 power with 21cm reflector and 10 deg grid lighting Gary from camera right :: speedlight behind Gary to give rim light and separation from background @ full power zoomed to 50mm about 15ft (or a container length!) away.
ABOVE: Canon 5D ii, Sigma 85mm :: 1/80 @F6.3 ISO 200 :: Quadra @ 1/4 power 70×70 SB to camera left about 4ft from Anna
ABOVE: as before
ABOVE: as before
This must have been great fun, and the results are excellent! As usual in your work, the colours are wonderful, but I think today my favourite is the monochrome one of Gary looking upwards. The lighting is so restrained and the result very subtle and engaging. Good stuff!