Julia Fullerton-Batten’s striking lighting for her “In Between” series

August 10, 2010 — 1 Comment
fullerton-batten's photo lighting of falling woman on guess the lighting blog

ted sabarese photo lighting diagram of falling woman on guess the lighting blog

copyright, Julia Fullerton-Batten

Here’s one image from Julia’s “in between” series (really provocative series of women not exactly falling). My guess is that she used 3 lights to make this image.

Camera: Hasselblad H4 with 50mm lens and Hassy digital back, on a tripod 8 feet from the falling model. Shot at 1/250, f11, ISO 100.

Lighting: The key light on the model is an Elinchrom octabank at f11, up high and to the left of the model, out of frame, pointed downward. A small softbox is boomed high and overhead of the bed at f11, creating that nice highlight in the middle of the duvet cover. Another small softbox is boomed high over the chair at the right of the image, also at f11. By using only these 3 lights in such a large room, the absence of light in the other areas helps bring emotion and focus to our falling woman.

Comments: This image was shot after lunch where Julia finished half of a tuna fish sandwich and a green tea. The model, a trained stunt woman, actually launched herself into the air and fell for each take. Just before hitting the ground, she spun around and landed on her feet just like a cat would, to much applause.

  • shahnyboy

    I think there is at least one more light on the model. There is nice highlight on her shoulder and forehead/head area so I would guess a beauty dish or standard reflector pointing right. In fact, that might be a deep shadow right under her neck.

    Also, the 2 lamps in the back have 2 shadows around them from different directions.