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Today I feel like new things need to begin, so it seems more than appropriate to present another one from the series GLAUBE | LIEBE | HOFFNUNG (Faith, Love, Hope). It is entitled GEBURT (Birth).

Chantal, our six year old model for this image, was a real trooper and professionally endured the massive strobe power we threw at her. In fact, this image was shot in bright daylight, while I pulled a heavy key shift to create the nightly feel. I underexposed the background by 5 stops and compensated the Elinchrom strobes accordingly.  I had one bare strobe head sitting in the hole in the ground in front of Chantal and large softbox to her right.

The location was the backyard of a friendly farmer in Germany. Besides his farming business he runs a holiday lodge which overlooks the location. While I was digging the hole the night before, all of his guests were standing on the balcony watching me. Until the shoot the next day, conspiracy theories about the strange proceedings went haywire. Dead dog, treasure hunt and terror attack were among them…

At the end of the day it’s a seemingly innocent picture about planting new and exciting things in the secrecy of the night.

Posted by nicolas_henri on February 16th, 2010 :: Filed under Lighting, Making Of, On Location, Photography, Set, Uncategorized
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