An Afternoon With Wednesday Addams

Jade3

Equipment:

  • Photoflex OctoDome®: Medium
  • (2) Speedotron Explorers
  • (3) Speedotron 102 Heads
  • Grid Set
  • Nikon D4 with 24-70 2.8 lens


After seeing some Halloween party shots of Jade on her Facebook feed I knew she was a dead ringer for Wednesday Addams from the TV show The Addams Family. It was one of my favorite shows as a kid. I asked Jade if she wanted to play Wednesday for an afternoon and she jumped at the chance to play dress up!

I had originally planned to shoot Jade in a number of locations around Los Angeles, but with the winds from the beach kicking up, the roof of my building proved to be the best location to shoot. The roof of my building is becoming one of my favorite spots to shoot here in LA. There are so many textures up there and tons of turn of the century rusted nooks - plus you can’t beat the view!

I really liked the idea of shooting Jade right as the sun was setting. TWILIGHT: that moment between light and dark when all the freaks come out to play! I also wanted to use the intense California sunset as a back light for the shot.

This shot is heavily back lit with two grid splitting the 1500w/s Speedotron Explorer Packs on full plus the sun. I placed the first grid directly behind Jades body at shoulder height to create a rim light, but to also create a sun burst for when she moved slightly left exposing the raw head behind her. The other grid was placed camera right in order to separate her body from the dark tree line this heavily lit shot was creating. in order to defeat the ambient light we needed to be at F22.

I used a medium Photoflex Octadome 3 placed almost even with Jades face directly ninety degrees camera left for my key light then dialed it up to F22 on a separate Explorer Pack to meet the backlights exposure.

After getting things lit we waited for the sun to drop just below Jades head and began our shoot.

This shoot was a lot of fun for both Jade and I. I love using this combination of Photoflex and Speedotron. The wind did find us during this shoot blowing over the key light as we were shooting, but it was not a problem due the extreme durability of both products. I simply dusted things off, tied the pack to the key light stand (yes you can use your pack as a sand bag) and got back to work.

What a great afternoon!


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