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A personal website by Mark Howells-Mead

Out of the blue

The newest addition to my One Frame Movie series; a series which hasn’t been put on ice, but which I’m only extending if the opportunity presents itself as part of a non-specific photo shoot. Here, Jo posed for me in the stairwell to an underground car park during last Sunday’s Swiss Strobist practical day.

The great lighting was created using a technique I came across at a workshop held by David Hobby in Geneva last year. Daylight is essentially blue, so setting the white balance of your camera to a lower setting (“Kelvin”) than regular daylight will exaggerate the blue tones. (In this example, the white balance was set to 2,500 K; as low as my camera can go.) Underexposing the daylight will then further enhance the saturation of the colour.

Regular light from a flash gun would also have been turned blue by the camera’s white balance setting, so I added 2 warming CTO gels to the flash, which was positioned at the top of the stairwell and focused on Jo using one of my home-made snoots.