Strobist session

7 03 2010

Had a little strobist session with Rick Valenzuela from the Phnom Penh Post in the evening. This might turn into a regular event as its nice to throw ideas back and forth on lighting.
First up is Rick. Lighting was a gridded Viv 283 (1/2 power) at Rick’s 10:00, a gobo’ed Viv 285 (1/16 power) at Rick’s 2:30 and another Viv 283 (1/2 power) on Rick’s hands for an interesting effect. Looking back a day after, I should have thrown another flash just above Rick just to give his hair a bit more oomph. Well, there is always next time.

Rick and a light globe

Rick and a light globe

Second is a portrait shot with Brian Calvert who works at VOA. Lighting is simple with a gridded Viv 283 (1/2 power) at Brian 2:00 and a Viv 285 (1/8 power) at his 7:00.

Brian profile

Brian profile

Lastly is Brooke who also works at the Phnom Penh Post as a journalist. Before that, she worked as a model in London and Milan. I had the pleasure of working with her on a previous shoot with the Post on a Hunter S Thompsonesque theme. Lighting is another three flash combo with a gobo’ed Viv 285 (1/4 power) at Brooke’s 11:00, a gridded Viv 283 (1/2 power aimed at her face) and a monster Sunpack 622 Super (1/4 power) that can light a whole city block directly at Brooke’s 6:00.
Also, to Brookes immediate left and right are a couple of helpers using a broken down Anchor box as fans to flip up her hair.

Brooke and her hair

Brooke and her hair

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Flashlight my Nokia

12 07 2009

I just bought a Nokia 1661 after losing my Sony mobile at Preah Vihear last week.
A very basic phone, it has one great feature which is the flashlight. Nice to have when trudging around Phnom Penh after a power cut or just heading down a dodgy alley.
Yesterday I took a photo at a bar just to see how the light looked (though several people have suggested that I should sell the photo to BIC).
Tonight, I used it in conjunction with a gridded Vivitar 283 just behind and to the right of my subject.
What do you think?

Portrait taken using a Nokia 1661

Portrait taken using a Nokia 1661





A bit late….

11 07 2009

Technically, I took this photo before midnight but the post is a bit late. Have a friend in town. Sorry.
As for the photo, an experiment with the flashlight on my new Nokia phone. Nice controlled light which has some potential for certain lighting situations.

An experiment with my new flashlight

An experiment with my new flashlight