III — Goodbye Gravity

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There are few places spookier than the heart of a forest shrouded in the darkness of night — so it seemed like a good place to do some lowkey gravity defying. If I was slightly more sensible I’d have done it at dusk… setting up what became a quite complicated lighting setup in complete darkness was a pain. I ended up taping my torch to a gorilla pod and climbing a tree to give us enough light to work by.

I wanted to get a real feeling of emptiness in this shot so I opted for the lowkey look with a couple of trees for a sort of haunting framing.

I started out with just two lights, the key softbox at the front and the rim light at the rear, but I decided that a bit of light on the ground behind would help with the illusion. Finally I added a 580ex on the floor to the right to get rid of the shadow that was hiding it and add some detail in the hair. Let me know what you think.

Goodbye Gravity - Goodbye Gravity III Photographed by Rick Nunn

Lighting Diagram

Lighting Diagram for Goodbye Gravity


  • Camera: Canon 5D MkII
  • Lens: Canon 50mm F/1.4
  • Flashes: Canon 580ex & 3 430ex
  • Accessories: 3 light stands, 3 light brackets, 2 Westcott Apollos, a tripod & RF-602 Triggers

Camera Settings

  • Shutter Speed: 1/80th
  • Aperture: F/1.8
  • ISO: 200