Paperbark Lodge lifestyle shoot

Posted: June 8, 2010 in Shoots in short

We were shooting a lifestyle session for the Lodge near the Botswana border, using two models, two lights (all we could pack) and a pair of Nikons, using ambient light mixed with the flashes. This made life quite difficult, since the backlight from outside was stronger than those of my strobes.

Me taking a rest during setup, waiting for the make-up to be  completed.
Me taking a rest during setup, waiting for the make-up to be completed.

What further complicated matters was that once I had the setup sorted, the sun went down rapidly, which meant some nimble footwork to keep the background and foreground light intensity balanced.

It necessitated, in the end, shooting “naked light” or bare bulb – no difussion, as my studio lights were not strong enough to balance the outside light when bounced off umbrellas.

Martie, our model, at one of the last shots as the sun sank behind  the horizon.
Martie, our model, at one of the last shots as the sun sank behind the horizon.

I used a Nikon D300 with 28-70 f2.8 and a D200 with 14-28 f2.8 on the shoot, and lit the scene with two Bowens 250J strobes, using only the reflectors, and placing the lights just out of shot. In the picture above, I managed to go in closer and thus could bring my lights in too, which meant that I could start using a white umbrella to soften the light on model Martie’s features.

The couple "arriving"
The couple “arriving”

One of the exterior shots we did, depicting a couple of guests arriving at the lodge. Shooting outside wasn’t great – I don’t like the lack of lighting control when shooting such large objects. Fortunately the helipad gave some reflection to light up the models’ features during the midday sun. The web site will be loaded with the new pictures soon. Check it out at http://www.paperbarklodge.co.za, and view a trailer of the video at

Jaco Wolmarans, March 2009, http://www.wordsource.co.za

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Comments
  1. Roxanne says:

    Ag shame, I can see you lead a really boring life. NOT! I know it’s
    hard work (so my friend the sound man keeps telling me every time I’m
    drooling with envy as he goes to wrestle with lions or hippos or cool desert
    locations), but heck, it’s way better than working in an office… Love the BW pic of Paperbark Lodge, sigh.

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