Pinkman! More from the recent extended photo session with the Modern Gypsies. After the photo session with Martin on stilts, we moved to one of the many colorful areas in Brooklyn where we started with Dread Eye. Working in the same spot, Michael Saab fitted his character, PinkMan! out with jumping stilts. Absolute lunacy!
Working in such bright light, I thought the best approach would be to cross-light the sunlight with off-camera flash …
As you can see in this image below, I removed the front baffle on the Lastolite Ezybox softbox. It cut down too much of the light. But with just the one baffle, I was able to match the sun at that working distance.
Camera settings for all these images: 1/250 @ f11 @ 200 ISO
The flash was set to full output, in manual mode. That was the only way I was sure to get the most juice from my flash, with every shot. I used PocketWizard Plus II units to fire the flash.
- other posts featuring the Modern Gypsies
- Modern Gypsies – official site
photo gear (or equivalents) used during this photo session
- Nikon D3
- Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S
- Nikon SB-910 Speedlight controlled by PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver & AC3 Controller
or alternately, the Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite controlled by Canon ST-E3 Transmitter
- Lastolite EZYBOX 24×24 softbox
The first time I saw Michael on these jumping stilts at an event I was photographing, I wanted a set! It just looked so much fun. But then, common sense prevailed … as a working photographer, I can’t risk any injury, especially to my hands or wrists. But still, they look fascinating.
6 Comments, Add Your Own
Great work as usual Neil!
Wow, stilts have evolved quite a bit. Michael is jumping very high in those stilts. Nice dynamic shots, Neil.
3Corby Chapin says
Neil,Awesome as always.
I don’t claim to shoot my flash in manual so this may seem like a dumb question, but by throwing your flash on 100% power in manual how did you manage to still shoot at only 1/250 in full daylight at ISO 200? There must be a “neil secret” here.
4Neil vN says
5Corby Chapin says
Re reading my question I realize that I wrote it a bit stupidly. You did answer my question, though, so it all makes sense. I was too focused on the question “how can you simply blast your flash on full power and randomly set your camera to 1/250 of a sec and hope for the best? That’s madness!!” No, not madness…..aperture. Yep, I was the guy in school who always asked the really stupid question, only to interrupt the answer with “oooooohhhhh” as I realized just how dumb it was.
Thanks, and sick work as per usual!
6Neil vN says