Ben Von Wong Lights an Octopus

©Ben Von Wong

©Ben Von Wong

HyperSync® enthusiast Ben Von Wong keeps getting drawn to rocks and water. In his most recent shoot, no fire was involved this time, but his model had to contend with wildlife. An octopus. Deceased. On her face.

Jen Brook also had to endure lying on cold boulders and wearing clothing in some frigid-looking water. Fortunately, Ben made quick work of the shoot, and shot at speeds only possible with HyperSync technology. Using PocketWizard gear to shoot at speeds of 1/1000th, Ben called on FlexTT5 transceivers, the AC3 ZoneController, and the AC9 AlienBees Adapter.

©Ben Von Wong

©Ben Von Wong

Regarding lighting, Ben writes, “A quick lighting test with my D800E told me I would be shooting at ISO 100, f/2.8 and 1/1000th. Classic sync speed for strobes is 1/250th but thanks to PocketWizard’s HyperSync (using the FlexTT5 for those of you who are curious), I was able to get a 1/1000th with my X1600 with relatively little loss of power.”

The inspiring post on the shoot goes into solid detail on the original concept and what the reality of the shoot was like. The video below covers some great behind-the-scenes footage.

Don’t miss the full story, including a lighting diagram, at Ben’s blog. You can also get details about a giveaway print of the “Shipwrecked” shot. Learn more about Ben Von Wong on his blog, 500px, and YouTube.

 

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