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I wanted to do something different as an end of course photo,... Took this using 7 speedlites, and a smoke grenade tied to a stick :)...
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I wanted to do something different as an end of course photo,... Took this using 7 speedlites, and a smoke grenade tied to a stick :)
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miketwparr
 
miketwparr October 06, 2013
phill this is amazing man !
jvillainc PRO+
 
jvillainc October 27, 2013
WoW - voted!
CAMuir
 
CAMuir October 31, 2013
Brilliant!
SherranAndersen
 
SherranAndersen October 31, 2013
Congrats.
ArtQ
 
ArtQ November 01, 2013
Congrats on your finalist award in Group Portrait Contest.
phillipfrench
 
phillipfrench November 01, 2013
Cheers all, chuffed :)
kbrim8 PRO
 
kbrim8 November 01, 2013
Awesome shot !!!
toxictabasco
 
toxictabasco November 01, 2013
Congratulations. Nice job.
Spijkerboer
 
Spijkerboer November 02, 2013
Congrats, like your shot
jleiweke
 
jleiweke November 02, 2013
Congrats!
phillipfrench
 
phillipfrench November 02, 2013
Thanks guys :)
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta November 18, 2013
Great image. Congratulations on being the Winner.
Arzhtatiana PRO
 
Arzhtatiana November 18, 2013
A great shot! Congratulations!
phillipfrench
 
phillipfrench November 19, 2013
Thanks ever so much to everyone that voted, really appreciate it.
MGamba-Rios
 
MGamba-Rios November 19, 2013
Congratulation! great picture!
sabatesphoto PRO+
 
sabatesphoto November 19, 2013
Congratulations, great image :)
tsambaproductions
 
tsambaproductions November 23, 2013
congrats
BriZ PRO
 
BriZ January 06, 2014
Congratulations!! Great shot.
CanadianOutlaw
 
CanadianOutlaw January 06, 2014
Awesome , Congrats x 2 !
HelenRea PRO+
 
HelenRea January 06, 2014
Amazing Phillip and very well deserved! :)))
AnneDphotography
 
AnneDphotography January 06, 2014
amazing capture :)) congrats :))
anneschlueter PRO
 
anneschlueter January 06, 2014
congratulations!
Dacemac PRO+
 
Dacemac January 06, 2014
Superb design and handling. Congratulations!
333KimmySue
 
333KimmySue January 06, 2014
Congrats!!
Jewel
 
Jewel January 06, 2014
Awesome portrait! Congratulations on your win!
LoanaLMP
 
LoanaLMP January 06, 2014
Congrats! awesome shot!
kirsitodd
 
kirsitodd January 06, 2014
Congratulations! Fantastic picture!
ashrafmansour
 
ashrafmansour January 06, 2014
This is awesome :)
Frank1390 PRO+
 
Frank1390 January 06, 2014
Great capture and subject, Congrats on the win. Thanks for sharing. :-)
Joey_Howard
 
Joey_Howard January 06, 2014
Awesome photo, Phillip!!! Congratulations on the win !!!!
charlena PRO+
 
charlena January 06, 2014
what a emotional shot!
mickeyherd
 
mickeyherd January 06, 2014
Wow amazing picture
MaryAnne306 PRO+
 
MaryAnne306 January 06, 2014
Impressive! Congratulations!
susanmetzgodsey
 
susanmetzgodsey January 06, 2014
congrats amazing shot
nystylist79
 
nystylist79 January 06, 2014
great shot and congrats
lulu2
 
lulu2 January 06, 2014
CONGRATULATIONS Well done !!
phillipfrench
 
phillipfrench January 07, 2014
Thank you so much everyone, chuffed to bits ;)
lucyonions
 
lucyonions January 07, 2014
This is just amazing. It reminds me of the final episode of Black Adder Goes Forth.
Colenetjie
 
Colenetjie January 07, 2014
Amazing photo! Well done!
cmuller
 
cmuller January 07, 2014
Congrats!!
BOOKINGFRIAR
 
BOOKINGFRIAR January 07, 2014
Good old British Squaddies at play haha
Jeanne713 PRO+
 
Jeanne713 January 07, 2014
Great shot. Congrats!!
believeit2receiveit
 
believeit2receiveit January 08, 2014
Well done! Congrats on your win!
debbie_hutt_085
 
debbie_hutt_085 January 08, 2014
congrats to you on this Amazing shot!!
lauradrakeenberg
 
lauradrakeenberg January 08, 2014
Congrats!
davidconnelly
 
davidconnelly January 11, 2014
Great Shot Phillip
Davereyer
 
Davereyer January 15, 2014
nice shot
chertel
 
chertel February 28, 2014
Very dramatic photograph. Well done!
stevenhickman PRO+
 
stevenhickman April 03, 2014
Very good pic and to top it off i know exactly where that is from the badges very good imagination
DreamscapeCanada
 
DreamscapeCanada April 04, 2014
Epic!
PICSVETSvetlinYosifov
 
PICSVETSvetlinYosifov May 09, 2014
Nice!!
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita May 16, 2014
superb...congrats!
ritafayeadams PRO
 
ritafayeadams May 28, 2014
congratulation on awards with this awesome photo !
phillipfrench
 
phillipfrench June 05, 2014
cheers all, appreciated :)
IndieJ
 
IndieJ July 31, 2014
Great shot!
Dacemac PRO+
 
Dacemac October 27, 2014
Awesome portrait, Phil! Congratulations!
BOOKINGFRIAR
 
BOOKINGFRIAR December 06, 2014
Very simple living, but the best
18ricco PRO+
 
18ricco December 29, 2014
nice
lisawiza
 
lisawiza January 25, 2015
perfect for this!
root
 
root February 27, 2015
This is AMAZING!
hemzabenyoucef
 
hemzabenyoucef March 03, 2015
hhhhhhhhhhh soo nice
jaegillentine
 
jaegillentine June 22, 2015
Very fun photo!
glennmostert_0272
 
glennmostert_0272 June 27, 2015
"Absolutely Badasses!"
Wonderful shot!
phillipfrench
phillipfrench July 18, 2015
Cheers Glenn :)
Oceanblue22
 
Oceanblue22 July 03, 2015
Great job
jamiicenhower
 
jamiicenhower July 18, 2015
Great photo!
HelioConceicao
 
HelioConceicao August 17, 2015
woow
adavies PRO
 
adavies May 15, 2016
Yowza! Awesome image! Nicely done! :)
EJMPics
 
EJMPics September 06, 2017
Out of all your shots this one stands out the most, excellent job on it
brendanjulian
 
brendanjulian Jan 16
Iran or Area 51
phillipfrench
phillipfrench Jan 16
Training area in England lol!
KBAUTHENTICIMAGES PRO
 
Awesome shot .
sdlucas PRO+
 
sdlucas Jun 18
crazy impressive

Behind The Lens

Location
This was taken in the south of England, on a Military training Camp. I was the Squadron Sgt for a promotion cadre, which gave me a bit of free time to get my camera out now and then.
Time
So, this was during their exercise phase. At this point they are drained, and tired from lack of sleep, but still have to be able to react to situations as they arise, this was about 2000hrs just after a serial, so they were still full of adrenaline.
Lighting
The lighting consisted of 7 canon EX420mk2 speedlites on stands in a horseshoe shape in front of them. All set to half power and triggered by an ST-E2 on my camera.
Equipment
This was a canon 5Dmk3, hand held, I didn't need a tripod due to the lighting which freezes motion.
Inspiration
The guys normally get a basic stand there in a row and don't smile course photo, but I thought I'd try something a bit different. I love to do action shots, and also love to do 'big portraits', so this just popped into my head as we were shooting.
Editing
Yes, I added a slight Matt, darkened it slightly with curves, added a bit of darkness to the bottom corners, and painted on a high pass filter over detail such as eyes etc.
In my camera bag
I have progressed slightly from when I took that, so now I have 2x5Dmk3, canon lenses-35 1.4, 50 1.4, and a 70-200 2.8. I normally carry my EX580mk2, and 2xEX420mk2's. Also the ST-E2 trigger. The cameras are carried on a duel black rapid harness.
Feedback
Well, it isn't really hard to do funnily enough, as long as you are using speed lights, and there isn't much ambient light around you won't get motion blur even if you stop down to 1/60. I kept the light high up on the stands pointing down to add a bit of atmosphere,and also had a guy off camera waving a big stick around to which I had tied a smoke grenade, hence the foggy look. Just make sure your subjects are feeling the mood you want to portray, if that means winding them up a bit, then do that lol!

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