Posts Tagged ‘Matt Hill’

Flashing the Headless Horseman at Night in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

© Matt Hill

© Matt Hill

On June 23, I was fortunate to be invited back to teach flash lighting to Lance Keimig‘s workshop, “Finding Your Way in the Dark” at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. I’ve done this for a few years now and I enjoy showing fresh minds the possibilities when using multiple off-camera flashes combined with light painting and long exposures at night. Here is one setup for you and you can read the rest at MattHillArt.com.

Our first setup tried to take advantage of the rising full moon and open sky. Unfortunately, the clouds were not really cooperating (but it wasn’t raining!).

The white balance was set to Flash to match the three strobes we had trained on the horse and rider. The orange glow was from NYC and White Plains light pollution – we were facing east/southeast. If we had gelled the lights with a CTO, then we could have set the white balance to Tungsten and made the skies a little more blue. But it was fitting when shooting a Headless Horseman in the cemetery of ill-repute (but I must say quite lovely at night), to have this somewhat garish orange sky.

Sometimes, there were planes in the sky. This one almost looks like a light saber. It is a little too sci-fi for this aged tale, but I like it anyway.

© Matt Hill

© Matt Hill

I prefer black and white for night photography, so here is my final pick. The color version is for illustration.

© Matt Hill

© Matt Hill

Below is a lighting diagram for this setup. There were FIVE light sources:

  • Ambient
  • Profoto AcuteB with Magnum Reflector and 10-degree grid
  • Nikon SB-900
  • Vivitar 283
  • Tungsten Flashlight

I scrawled out the measured light readings for you, too. I used my trusty Sekonic L-758DR with PocketWizard Transmitter inside to walk the scene and trigger the PocketWizard Plus III radios on every flash. I used Quad-Zone Triggering to set each on a separate zone so we could trigger different variants of the scene without having to hustle over to each light and turn it on/off.

I had one Plus III on my Nikon D700, and Lance would count down so that everyone got to open their shutters, then I would release mine so everyone got the flash in their 3-second exposure. I also carried a Plus III in my hand for those times when I went out to make minor adjustments and could trigger the flash for everyone from anyplace in the scene.

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© Matt Hill

I have even more examples and a second setup, complete with lighting diagram over at MattHillArt.com. Check  it out!

And drop by Lance Keimig’s website for more of his workshops and a fantastic film. I also highly recommend that if you want to learn more about the craft and history of Night Photography that you pick up a copy of his incredible book, “Night Photography: Finding Your Way In The Dark.”

 

 

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Matt Hill’s Paper Burlesque & Night Paper Project (NSFW)

My colleague Matt Hill has succeeded in fusing his two main artistic passions, night photography and cut paper art, in his ongoing project entitled Night Paper. It’s been exciting to watch him find the heart of this amalgamation, and even more exciting, it has culminated (for the time being) in a live art experiment in New York. Read his own account of the execution and find full details of how you can witness this in person below.

©Matt Hill

©Matt Hill

NIGHT PAPER is a personal project I started dreaming about over five years ago and began executing last July. It’s the combination of long exposures at night and surreal, hand-cut paper fashions. I live for playing with time-dialtion and by introducing portraiture at night, especially when they are only wearing paper, makes for a visually challenging combination of the practices. I’m constantly surprised by how well they blend and continue to evolve together. And, it must be said, all of these images are done in-camera. There are no composites in this series. Also, since this involves tasteful nudity in the context of fine art, you may want the NSFW warning if you are in the wrong place…

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