Aorta’s heroic and cinematic lighting for 125 Magazine

August 26, 2010 — 3 Comments
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This cinematic and heroic image for the cover 125 magazine was created with 5 lights. FYI, Aorta is Swedish duo Marco Grizelj and Kristian Krän.

Camera: Hasselbad H2 with 80mm lens and Phase One P30+ digital back, set on a tripod twelve feet back. Shot at 1/125, f11, ISO 100.

Lighting: The key light is a silver beauty dish at f11, seven feet to camera left and angled down. Another silver beauty dish (for fill, if you can call it that here) at f8 is set seven feet to camera right and angled down. A 30 degree grid reflector at f11 is positioned behind the door out of frame to the left. This creates the punchy light on the kneeling woman’s face and arm. An Elinchrom spot reflector at f11 positioned outside the glass doors shoots in. A normal reflector at f16 is boomed high above the main model and slightly behind her and to camera right. This gives the strong highlights on her hair.

Comments: Team Aorta likes to give the talent intricate back stories to help shape the cinematic tenor of the image. For this shot, our hero woman’s husband smashed one of her favorite Norman Rockwell collector plates when she told him he couldn’t participate in fantasy football. She’s deciding between keying his cherry red 1967 Mercedes 250SL or divorce. Her mother, on the floor, is relieved because she had accidentally chipped the plate earlier this month and glued it back together. Now she will not be caught and disinvited from any future Thanksgiving dinners.

  • Guest

    What size beauty dish was used here?

  • I’m guessing it was a 17″ Elinchrom.

  • I think the backstory is funny, but you’d never get all of that info out of seeing the image. Although, I understand the use of coming up with a story to drive the images and not answering all the questions.