I periodically go to Crunch, a NY gym, and meet my friend Ederin there, who’s a boxing trainer. He then takes me into a ring and kicks my sorry ass, up, down and sideways. I figure I’m just honoring a long and proud tradition the Irish have of getting hit in the head.
I did the pictures Ederin uses on his training business cards quite a while ago, so he knows I’m a photog. Last week, I walked into the gym and there was this unconsciously beautiful trainer with a whole bunch of great hair piled on top of her head. Ederin told me her name was Valarie, and she was looking to have someone do pictures of her.
“Step aside! This will be difficult task, but someone has to do it!” I introduced myself and asked if she would be interested in helping us at the workshop. She immediately said yes. Logical, really. I mean, who would say no to me?
Boy, are we lucky. Valarie came up yesterday and lit up the loading dock at the old factory, big time.
This was a more complicated setup than I bargained for, but well worth it. The light is a combo of one Elinchrom Ranger with a long throw reflector, out on the dock, firing back into the plastic draping, along with 6 SB units. One is camera left and responsible for the green wall. Another green highlight is down and on the right. The red glow is coming from 2 units laid down on the floor, courtesy of a suggestion from Dale Zanine, who, glutton for punishment that he is, came back for another workshop after having spent a week with me in Santa Fe. He’s a terrific shooter with a long history of great sports photography. Below is the scene on the dock. Another Ezybox hotshoe solution. Can’t get enough of that light. Photo by participant Richard Haber.
Then, there was Joy.
Very appropriate subject for a beauty light combination, yes? Wonderful look, wonderful presence. Her mom and brother came along for a time and hung around with us on the set. And, speaking of the set, we had my bud from Ladder 6 in Chinatown, recently retired firefighte John Starace, up for the day.
John posed for some character portraits, cause he is, well, a character. He’s in SAG and in his next career, expect to see him in Goodfellas, Part 2.
All the above shot D3, tethered to Macbook Pro. All images shot on Lexar digital media. We’re back at it again today. More tk…..