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Maja Stina 16/1

This might be my favourite pic so far this year.. taken just before Christmas with model / aerialist Maja Stina Andersen


Gridded strip boxes behind and to either side of model, pointing 45 degrees forwards

Large softbox high above and behind model, pointing forwards and down - flagged with black velvet to prevent flare

Two large white v flats behind camera position to provide fill by bouncing the top rear light

And the most important - and most novel - element: The Isis wings diffuse and reflect the rear light providing a beautiful soft but sculpting light on Maja. Without them in the position shown she'd be very much darker and need a lot more fill.

Processing was mainly skin work and a replacement background, with a bit of dodging & burning. The original background was similar - and lit with a spot - but tidying it up would have been more work than dropping in a replacement.

Lighting diagram here: https://goo.gl/YgfMVf

Nikon D750
60mm · f/6.3 · 1/160 · ISO 100
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very cool concept, looks like a bird caught in motion

thanks David!