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Light & Motion LED’s – part 1

Over the past year I’ve been working with the people at Light & Motion to show off their incredible Stella LED lights. There’s lots of benefits to using LED lights for both photography and video. These continuous lights are powerful, lightweight, don’t generate heat, don’t need to be plugged in, produce daylight balanced light, are dimmable and, as a bonus, several of the Light & Motion Stellas are completely submersible. I’ve got the Stella 5000, Stella 2000 and the Stella 1000 lights.  They can go anywhere I can go.

This last spring I did a shoot with some friends on a camping trip to Big Sur. We were setting up a outdoor, fashion-style shot in a creek to show off the qualities of the lights. I’m photographing Gabbie Morfeld and there’s a Stella 5000 on a light stand to my right as the key. The Stella 2000 that we’re using as a backlight is clamped to a branch, and the Stella 1000 is in the creek filling in shadows. Photo © Daniel Brittain

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Here you can see the little Stella 1000 just sitting in the water. Check out how sharp the 120° beam angle is, which allows for very precise feathering of the lights. Photo © Ralph Clevenger (l) and Daniel Brittain (r)

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The shot on the left is the final of Gabbie with the 3 lights. I lit the portrait of Daniel with just the Stella 1000 underwater in front of him. ISO 2500, f/4, 1/60th sec with the Sony A7R2, 16-35mm f/4.

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Rubber Boots

The thing about shoes is that if we trust them, we can go anywhere.  That’s why I think your shoes are one of the most important tools for location photographers.  Whether it’s bare feet, cowboy boots, climbing shoes, flip flops or snowshoes, if your feet are happy you won’t think twice about where to step to get the shot.  The rubber boots I wear, Xtratuf Boots, were recommended by a friend of mine, Tom Backer, who shoots for TV shows like Deadliest Catch and Ice Road Truckers.  My feet are happy.

Kayla McKenzie and I working Hare Creek in Limekiln State Park, Big Sur, California.

Fun with rubber boots and a 16mm fisheye.

Splash and Flash; Big Basin Redwoods State Park, CA

This area just north of Santa Cruz is full of redwoods, banana slugs, newts, organic farms, and lighthouses. It’s beautiful in the spring when everything is green and there’s still chances of rain. Rain is good in the forest, just put your rubber boots on and keep shooting.

Big Basin Redwoods State ParkRedwoods and fog

I was photographing this banana slug and reached over to move my reflector, which was attached to my tripod leg with a really useful tool called the plamp.  Anyway, as I moved the reflector my tripod fell off the bank into the creek. Luckily the creek wasn’t too deep, but I still had to wade into the water to fetch it back. Just dried off the tripod and went back to photographing.

Tripod overboard - fortunately the creek wasn't very deep.My tripod sans camera
Banana slugAn eight inch Banana slug

Wireless flash again with the really cute young Ensatina and a little forest of moss sporophytes. Used 2 flashes, a small softbox and the amazing Justin flash clamps.

Ensatina in little forest of moss.An Ensatina salamander in moss forest