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Jack Sparrow

Last year I stumbled on this youtube video of showing this man dressed up as Captain Jack Sparrow I decided that that is the one guy I want to take photos of and make some movielike posters. I definitely love all about the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, especially the movie posters of the whole series.

In reality, Cardiff Jack Sparrow is a a lookalike of the famous pirate character, portrayed in this case by Terry Cooper, an actor based in Cardiff. And HE IS AWESOME! Not only he has all the bells and whistles to portray Jack Sparrow but his voice and acting in character is just perfect.

So .. I contacted the guy and after few months trying to find perfect day for the photoshoot we booked the day and off we went.

Garage Studio

Since I dont have my own studio here in Cardiff I decided to go ahead with basic solution. I will use my garage for the photoshoot. This way I can also show that you dont need lots of space and gear to make these kind of images. I is just about knowing how to work what you got.

Setup was basicly two light setup with bit of gels to get that right mood to the images straight from the camera. Used Canon 5D MK II frame with 24-105 4L lens. My flashes are Godox Witstro 360 bare bulp flashes. Another flash with umbrella to the back to give bit of kick / edgelight (with gel), and the mainlight with bigger octabox to the front. So in a way I want also show that you dont need 10.000k worth of gear and lights etc to make great pictures. It is about the idea and execution with what you got.

And then it was showtime. Terry got into the character and started acting as Jack Sparrow in different poses. I had already few shots in my head so we did those and lots of more.

Escape from Rumrunner's Isle

I also wanted to create this never seen scene where Jack Sparrow escapes Rurunners Isle with sea turtles. I thought it would be just so funny to put this image out there and see the reactions :D The scene was never shown, so nobody knows how Jack escaped that Island, but this is my take on the subject :D

So All in all, the photoshoot was just fun and I got a new friend from Terry! I wish him all the best and be sure to check out his website. the new pictures should be going there soon!


Canon 5D Mark II
35mm · f/7.1 · 1/160s · ISO 100
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