Personal work - Salerno, Italy - an old boat
Personal work - Salerno, Italy - an old boat

Steve Thornton Photography

About the Video

While in Cologne for Photokina, I shot a couple of advertising images for Alan Michael USA, a client in Beverly Hills, California. I had shot with Esther 2 years earlier while giving a presentation on Guido Karp's "Leading Photographers of the World" stage at Photokina. I knew I wanted to shoot at the train station and had e-mailed Esther about the shoot and she agreed to meet.

I asked a friend if I could use his studio to shoot a little and have the makeup artist/hairstylist work on Esther. We shot some in the studio and then got into the car to drive to the station.

We finished shooting the first look then we then regrouped and while Esther was changing I started to get the crew to move all of the gear to the next location and started to set up the lights I knew I was going to use on the twilight shot.

Understanding that the roof and the skylights in the station would turn blue because we had a cloud free evening and I wanted to be sure we were there in time to get enough blue to work. My crew was able to move quickly and we were almost set when Esther arrived.

I had one of the guys help Esther up on the wall and told her to keep her coat on as it was a chilly late September evening. I never make a model uncomfortable if I don't have to and my crew knows this too.

I moved several times to get the framing I needed for the shot and I finally found where I wanted the camera to be. I then asked Esther to remove her coat and started shooting, 3 minutes later we were done.

Steve Thornton Photography

For Photographers

The Gear:
Canon camera, 640 ISO, 1/20 second shutter speed with a
Canon 85mm lens set to f2.8.

Lighting:
A FourSquare 20x20 "Firefly" lantern,
A Lumedyne head connected to a 200 ws (200 Joules) pack set to about 50 w.s. (50 Joules),
A light stand to hold the Firefly,
A Manfrotto umbrella adapter,
A Sunbounce Pro reflector, white side,
Pocket Wizard wireless strobe trigger.

Steve Thornton Photography

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