Think studio lighting can sometimes be stressful? One adventure photographer tried it while freefalling at 125 mph for a skydiving photoshoot, complete with a Profoto flash.
After years of shooting outdoor adventure photography, Jesper Gronnemark conducted the impressive shoot as a means of pushing the boundaries. He wanted the photos to be the genuine article, shooting his subjects mid-skydive, and without losing studio quality lighting.
Gronnemark shot the images using a Sony a7R II, lighting them with a Profoto B1X flash. The initial plan had been for the shoot to take place once the parachutes had been deployed since they’d be falling at a slower pace and it’d be more practical to shoot. Alas, fate would have it that on their chosen day, intense winds meant it’d be too dangerous and it was ruled out.
When shooting, the flash was held by an assistant who was freefalling to the left of the subject, serving as a fill light while Gronnemark utilized the natural light surrounding them. Check out the below picture, taken from the behind-the-scenes video, to see the boys in action.
The camera and flash team jumped first, getting comfortable and steady in their position before the subject jumped and caught up with them. The end result is a series of images showcasing a skydiver falling head first towards earth. Before they took to the skies, Gronnemark also took a series of portraits of the team beside the aircraft.
All images used with permission.