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Photoshoot with Eli and the Orbis™

Posted in People by tokyobling on May 17, 2009

Yesterday I had a photoshoot with Eli, a great model just starting out. We were mostly doing fashion (bikini to be honest) shots in some really difficult places (for example, shoulder deep in razor sharp bamboo grass and billions of bugs all to get into “jungle mode” while never leaving central Tokyo). But yesterday was cloudy and incredibly cold to be Tokyo in mid May. After we got the money shots we hiked back to civilization and after a well deserved lunch we decided to fool around a little in some more urban settings. Eli is an challenging model, she has up and downs like no other model I have ever worked with. One moment she is high as a kite, throwing excellent poses that I can barely keep up with. The next moment she stops and we just chat for awhile until she’s back on the “model mode”. But this characteristic is what makes her so popular. And the fact that she has a great tummy for bikini shots! We also share a love of horses, and, she is fluent in English, which makes her very popular with foreign photographers in Tokyo.

Eli holding a SB-900 and Orbis Ring Flash modifier

Eli holding a SB-900 and Orbis Ring Flash modifier

This picture was shot with my new lens (a Sigma 10-20mm) that I recently acquired lit by a single SB-900 corded to my camera, as you can see on the picture. The light modifier is an Orbis™ ringflash modifier, made by the excellent James Madelin in New Zeeland. Usually you would use this gadget around your lens for a ringflash look, but I like this one even better. Model and photo assistant all in one, Eli is an excellent person to work with!

This kind of shot is the easiest one light flash-off-camera set up you can imagine. Jack up the exposure time to get the ambient light correct, then stop down the flash until you’re happy with the result. For more on this kind of photography, please have a look at David Hobby’s Strobist or Zack Aria’s blog.


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  1. Christoffer Lernö said, on May 17, 2009 at 7:12 am

    Wow! You may say the setup is easy, but the result of the lighting is extremely impressive.


  2. SeaSquid said, on May 18, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    don’t know what to like most:
    – the model (hmmm)
    – the SB-900
    – or the lighting (indeed)
    Once I get a glimpse of those bikini-shots, I might be able to make up my mind ;o)


  3. Gregoire Bolduc said, on May 21, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    That’s a great image! And there is nothing better than shooting with a fun and energetic model!!


    • tokyobling said, on May 24, 2009 at 3:22 am

      Thank you Gregoire! Eli is the best! Whenever I get lost for inspiration she just starts dancing. What better way to find new cool poses?


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