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How Would You Light This: Vincent Ricardel

How Would You Light This: Vincent Ricardel

As seen in Shutterbug August 2014

As seen in Shutterbug September 2014

Vincent Ricardel had a unique vision for capturing in both still image and video of a “Human Butterfly,” using a variety of Dynalite heads and modifiers he was able to accomplish the desired lighting effects this project needed.  Each light was placed on opposite sides behind the model. Both of these lights were positioned high and aimed at a 45º angle toward model’s hairline. The spill created enough luminance to highlight the silk shear fabric that was sewn to resemble a butterfly wing.  The ends of each wing were held by assistants carefully moving the fabric to create texture and simulate a sense of movement.  The back-light created a dynamic effect not only on the hair but on the texture of the sheer fabric.

The spill from the Key, Fill and Background lights also created a soft-light on the dry ice hovering on the studio floor.

Key-Light- 71″ Grand, SH-2000 Bi-tube Head, and SP-1600  Studio power supply.

Fill Light- MH-2065v Head- with 12×16 softbox, Roadmax MP-800 Power Supply.

Two more SH-2000 heads, each powered with a XP-800 power supply, outfitted with a 35″ Grand Softbox with no diffusion.

It took one day to prep the studio and construct  a 1.5′ high retaining wall around the shooting area to contain the dry-ice from dissipating throughout the studio.  Another six hours to paint the model on day of production. Almost a full day to sew the shear and construct a pulley system to manually adjust the fabric to simulate the contour of the butterfly wings. The model had to move carefully since the ends of each wing was attached to her back with gaffer tape. The call time on the day of the shoot was 8am and the first shots were probably not made until 3pm. We wrapped by 5:30pm just under 3 hours of shooting for what took nearly 2 full days to prepare for.  Many thanks to my 4 photo production assistants, stylist, body airbrush make up artist, traditional make up artists, hairstylist, and the director of photography for the video content of the shoot as well as his 2 assistant camera operators who all made this possible.  

The video was back lit with two 2065 heads using 650 watt modeling bulbs. As I said above, the stills portion of the shoot ran till 5:30pm,  each segment of the video portion ran additional 3hrs.  Each segment was filmed and photographed over three days. Here you can see the completed Butterfly Video

BUTTERFLY from Vincent Ricardel on Vimeo.