III — Goodbye Gravity
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.
- 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
- Shutter Speed: 1/80th
- Aperture: F/1.8
- ISO: 200