i recently purchased a set of Radiopopper JrX gizmos. they’re radio frequency triggers used to fire flashes off-camera. i wanted to use the Allentown Fair as a backdrop for some interesting experiments with the new devices. before we started, we had a bit of a scare as they seemed to be triggering randomly and without any input from the transmitter. for whatever reason, the optical slaves on my Nikon SB800s were just firing the flashes randomly as if some giant source of IR was out there blasting away in the darkness. don’t worry, its probably just the government protecting us somehow. in the end, covering the optical slaves did the trick.
it kinda took me a little while to bring this all together, finding the right model, getting a HPLS (human powered light stand) to assist, but when it all came together we had lotsa fun. Genna Bee is a great model that brings a lot of creativity to something like this, especially given my minimal direction. i’ve seen her style herself for various shoots and i just trusted her.
the sweat really comes when it gets down to the brass tacks for me. when i actually have to produce something, and do it with a lot of people watching. i’m getting better at it, not being so self conscious. trusting that i really do know what i’m doing here. in the end we got some loverly shots and had lots of fun along the way. Genna even got a big, loving hug from a little 3-year-old girl that was walking by! i mean, its still cracking me up!
its good to think about breaking out of my molds from time to time. and when i attempt projects like this, it just convinces me that Annie Leibovits got nothing on me. so, i’m for hire and mostly debt free, so my rates are pretty good. got a magazine? want something cool and unique? you know where to reach me now.