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Wayland’s Smithy – mixed lighting

Adjacent to the Ridgeway, on the chalk downland above the Vale of the White Horse and under 2 miles walk from Uffington Castle and the White Horse itself. This shoot required carrying almost 60kgs of photographic equipment half a mile (0.8kms) from the car – surely one of the over-riding reasons why I took up this profession?

Wayland’s Smithy, take 1

Wayland’s Smithy, take 2

Details: Phase One c/w IQ160, 35mm, ISO 200, 1/4sec , f12

The difference between these two images is purely time. They are 5 minutes apart and in that time the ambient light level dropped by over 2 f-stops as the next rain storm approached.

Again the versatility of working with the Phase One & this time shooting tethered direct into a Mac enabled me to set-up, light & shoot all of this in just 3 frames. My intention was to frame this ancient chamber tomb with the silhouettes from the beech trees whilst lighting the the tomb entrance in particular in such a way to lead the eye inwards and add to the mystery of the place. Lit with a combination of Lumydine and Elinchrom Ranger lights supplied by TFC in London. Legend says (amongst other things I’m sure) that if you’re a traveller whose horse looses a shoe then leaving it overnight here will mean that when you return at dawn it will have been reshod by Wayland himself.

Two other essential tools to me on this shoot where:

The Photographer’s Ephemeris (more soon) in conjunction with the weather from the BBC online.

The Photographer’s Ephemeris

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48 Hour Photo Project, post B

03.37, 19 June 2012. The night shift on the edge of Smithfield Market, London, EC1.

L to R: Caz Goldsack, Andy Morgan, Julian Hawkins, Naomi Geczy

Details: Phase One c/w IQ180, 35mm, 4sec, f22, 50 ISO

The Night Shift © Andy Morgan

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Prof Robin Baker, OBE

This morning I shot Prof Baker in his Philippe Starck styled office at Ravensbourne College as a collaborative shoot with 1st & 2nd year students and with the Phase One tethered to a Mac. Curiously I shot a portrait Philippe Starck at the The Sanderson Hotel in Berners Steer, London some years ago using a Hasselblad and Fuji Provia 100F.

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Prof Robin Baker, OBE

Details: Phase One c/w IQ160, 35mm, 1/8 sec, f14, 50 ISO, 2 x Elinchrom RX600s, 1 x Elinchrom Ranger Quadra flash

This is as part of the 48 Hour marathon work-in organised by second year Digital Photography BA students at the college as a showcase for their work and also their organisational skills. With participation from trade partners The Flash Centre, Phase One, Calumet Photographic and Profoto.

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Clerkenwell Design Festival

This evening I will deliver a presentation at Clerkenwell Design Week in central London as the guest of the City of London & Cripplegate Photographic Society in the upstairs room of The Horseshoe Inn, 7 – 9pm.

The theme is how to light portraits on location using both flash as well as mixed lighting technique, an ever popular approach which gets tackled every year in my workshops.

Bust!

Bust! was shot on the top floor of Alaska Works in south east London, a former fur warehouse converted into smart apartments that was caught up in the financial crisis. Oddly enough I opted to use a Fuji 617, 90mm using Ilford FP4, 1/8sec, f11 2/3. The model (actually Steve Devane, my art director on this occasion) holds a portable flash that came from The Flash Centre. Proessing and printing by Adrian Ensor.

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Light Painting in Wiltshire

Light Painting, Avebury Stones, March 2012

Details: Phase One c/w IQ160, 35mm, 1/30 sec, f14, 200 ISO, no filtration, 1 flash

I always relish a challenge and this was certainly just that. Leaving home at 01.00 to meet the team then drive 140 miles (225 km) with a car full of Elinchrom Ranger Quadra lights, the Phase One camera system and a Nikon to shoot the time lapse we headed out along the M4 away from London. These sort of shoots are always a gamble as the weather or the light doesn’t always work out so I need a head full of optional ideas ‘just in case’.

On this day good fortune was with us. Though the previous day had been very warm and overnight the temperature had fallen considerably causing for a damp atmosphere we weren’t greeted with dense mist as can often form as dawn approaches.

We reached Avebury at 03.45 and were set up by 04.30 with the Nikon already runing in repeat mode to provide over 1000 jpeg stills as content for the DV below and a Sony digital recorder fitted with an external mic to pick up background sound.

My plan was to do a light painting exercise of the stones using the Ranger kits. This is a technique I first learnt as an assistant 30 years ago when we would light industrial machinery in engineering works using just one photoflood tungsten head. I knew that the moment was essential – getting the right balance between a brightening sky before the sun rose whilst having sufficient darkness to make the power/intensity of the flash pull the stones out from the shadows. I shot a total of 23 frames, the entire shoot was completed by 06.45 and we got to Marlborough in time for breakfast at 08.30. A very productive night and day’s photography.

Why not watch the video to get a feel what it was like and for a sense of what happens on Shadows and Light workshops? Listen to the crows greeting the dawn, they always know best.

Time lapse video

Shadows & Light video page

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Mixed Lighting – Hoxton

© Indi Petrucci 2012

Details: Canon  EOS 5D MkII, EF 24-105mm at 24mm, 1/60 sec, f5, 800ISO

Indi Petrucci’s recent black and white street fashion shoot in and around Hoxton Square shows the versatility of the Elinchrom Ranger Quadra portable flash equipment and it’s suitability for mixed lighting technique. In her own words, “Easy to use, efficient and simple. The perfect kit for a photographer on the go on London’s streets.”

© Indi Petrucci 2012

Details: Canon  EOS 5D MkII, EF 24-105mm at 28mm, 1/125 sec, f5, 500ISO

When practicing mixed lighting to create strong visual images with a single flash head the Ranger is an ideal tool. To achieve these particular shots Indi chose to use a ring flash attachment hand held by her assistant either as the principle light source or as a discreet fill-in bounced off a Lastolite. Having scouted locations in advance as part of the pre-production process the whole shoot was completed in just under 3 hours and the results speak for themselves.

© Indi Petrucci 2012

Details: Canon  EOS 5D MkII, EF 24-105mm at 55mm, 1/125 sec, f5, 500ISO

The Flash Centre at their various UK locations are the principle supplier of Elinchrom. I’ve used this brand for more than 20 years suppled by TFC and can’t recommend them enough. I find them sturdy, reliable, built to last and able to copy with the worst of the British weather. The guys to talk to are Alex and Sav in London or Kevin in Birmingham.

If you’re keen to learn about implementing the mixed lighting technique then come and join one of our Mixed Lighting workshops. It’s not as complex as it may at first appear.

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