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Elinchrom Rotalux Indirect softbox

Monday, October 24th, 2011

I recently was able to try out a new lighting tool, a 59″ deep rotalux octabank.  The smaller version, the 39″ deep octabank is one of my favorite softboxes ever.  This box has  a deep profile and adds just a little more edgy look to the light, somewhere between a softbox and beauty dish. While the new version has the same profile in a bigger box, it also rigs the light to shoot into the back of the softbox before it projects through the front of the box.  If you have ever used the famous 74″ Elinchrom Octabank, you know how soft this light is.  I first used the 59″ inverse octa for a mountain biking portrait, and was very impressed with the light. Softer than the 39″ direct deep octa, but still retaining the specular quality I like in this light.  Nikon D300s, 14-24mm, 1/250 at f14.

Going from outdoor to indoor settings, I used the inverse octa in a clam shell beauty set up.  This was a great light to add soft wrap around light from above, but still add some edge to the shot.   This new light is going to be very versatile in where I use it. Nikon D3, 85mm 1.4, 1/200 at f16.

Also did a basketball image using a familiar style I like for edgy portraits.  I used a 27″ square rotalux softbox with a grid on it for the light.  This was positioned on an overhead boom arm to cast strong shadows from above.  A slower shutter speed and high ISO was used to burn in the dim light in the gym. Nikon D3, 24-70mm, 1/160 at F7.1.  ISO 400

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kayaking by headlight…

Monday, October 10th, 2011

I was just starting to wind down the other day when my friend Patrick called with a photo idea.  Patrick is a incredible kayaker, and lucky for me he knows what works in photographing kayakers…and he comes up with some wild shooting ideas.

Patrick wondered how it would look paddling at dusk or even in the dark with a headlamp on. Not just any rapid, but a technical Class 4-5 section of the Cache La Poudre River.  Most folks get gripped paddling this in the daylight, let alone at dark.  I jumped in my car and headed up the canyon.

This was a one shot event.  By the time it was dark enough for my 13 second exposure, I wasn’t sure how Patrick was even going see the river.  Luckily Patrick has paddled this section numerous times, and had no time running the rapid.  Nikon D3, 45mm tilt-shift, ISO 100, 13 second exposure at F32.

I just returned from teaching a workshop in Ouray, and shot some abstract shots of the color. Eric Meola came along to produce some new work.  Eric has had an incredible photography career, and is a great guy.  He had the entire group shaking their camera before the trip was over! Nikon D3, 85mm, 1/13th at F16, ISO 100.

Off to Acadia NP this week, looking forward to combing ocean, fall color and light painting into one shot!

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