Back to Dobbs Ferry. My studio used to be in this little town on the Hudson, in an old, funky factory building, spitting distance from the might river. It was a great space, and I even actually lived there for a while, given the up and down life of a photographer. Some 4 or 5 years ago, round about Photo East time, I would stage a series of very informal lighting workshops that proved to be popular. We had fun and evidently the folks who came did as well, cause over time I have gotten pinged about, “When you gonna do those Dobbs Ferry workshops again?” We are. This week, For seven straight days. In the old building, which is one of the better photo locations I have ever encountered.
Above shot D3, 24-70 f2,8 lens, with this cool new thing coming on market, called the Bogen Tri-flash. It’s a 3 hot shoe deal and you can use both SB800 and 900 on that puppy. Running these three through a Lastolite 3×3 panel, boomed overhead on a c-stand. Just out of frame below Jasmine’s face is a Lastolite tri-grip, with one SB-800 hand held. In the background, on the floor, is a green gelled SB-900, coming through a bunch of industrial plastic draping. Whole thing ran TTL with no EV comp dialed in at all, which you know, still sets me back on my heels a bit.
We ramble all over the building, but our main location is an 8000 square foot space overlooking the river. What a studio space this would make. Beautiful light, 16 foot ceilings….yikes….
All production pix courtesy of workshop participants…thanks gang! The whole place is awash in lighting gear, Lastolite panels, dishes, Octas, SB units, tri-grips, you name it. As always, my equipment page is hotlinked, and anything I mention is connected there.
Did some lighting from the parking lot. Two Elinchrom Rangers, each with a long throw reflector, each being adjusted and triggered with the Elinchrom Skyport system. Pretty cool. You can fire the lights and adjust their power right from camera with a triggering unit about the size of matchbook.
That produced this. Andrew Tomasino, Pa. shooter and friend of our studio, is helping us out. He makes a pretty good lost boy in the stairwell.
But the same light, does, well different things for Jasmine.
Poor Will, a Connecticut based photog, was stuck in the snow out in the parking lot for this, so we put him in front of camera for a bit. One light solution, Elinchrom mid-sized Octa soft box. Here he is, making his bid for a role in The Departed. (Uh, Will, they shot that movie already.)
We also went to the basement, one of my favorite places in the building.We put the elegant Katarina near some boiler valves. One small boomed soft box, overhead of Katarina. Key to the pic is the two Ranger units outside the building, firing into the underground basement window. Nothin’ like a dirty window to give you good light and nice diffusion.
And of course Andrew just got a new tat, so we had to figure out a way to show that. He was a bit reluctant, so we restrained him while doing the picture. One overhead Elinchrom beauty dish, with a green gelled Ranger in the background.
We had a great day. Got a lot of people to thank….first off…Adorama, Bogen and Lexar. Adorama supports the Faces of Ground Zero Giant Polaroid collection, and photographic education in general, and they helped us out, and gave $25 store coupons to all participants. Bogen, with Kriss Brungrabber and Mark “The William Holden of Lighting” Astman pitched in with support and Mark came on location with us. He’s a huge hit with participants, knows the gear backwards and forwards, and can double as a model when called on. All the above were shot on Lexar digital media. Every digital picture I have ever shot with any serious intent has been on a Lexar card. In the shifting world of shooting ones and zeroes, Lexar cards are that one beautiful thing–reliable. As are Jeff Cable and Michelle Pitts, who run their Lexar Elite program and support photogs across the board.
And, huge thanks to the lovely Jasmine and Katarina, who braved the cold and the train to come up from NY. They are affilitated with Emmanuel Model Agency which is run by my good friend Aristeo. He is a force of nature in the fashion industry, and has connections and respect throughout that world. He always pitches in to help us pull this off.
And, finally to Dawn, FOL (friend of Lynn), former model, current physical trainer, mother of three, and drop dead gorgeous in front of camera. She came over to help us out as well……more tk…..