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Behind The Lens

This photo was taken at Anime Expo 2015. The convention is held in at the Los Angeles Convention Center during July 4th weekend.
This photo was taken mid day to early afternoon.
I use the profoto B1 air strobes for my photography. My main light is usually modified with a grided beautydish. For this shoot though i need to light 2 subjects and used a small softbox 1.3' x 1' to modify the 2nd strobe. The beauty dish was aimed towards Chun Li from above left side of the frame, while the softbox was aimed at Sakura from above right side of the frame.
I shoot with a Sony A99 and use primarily a 16-35mm and a 135mm lens. I used the wide angle lens for this and hand held the camera. I used my Profoto B1 strobes for this and triggered them via air remote.
I'm a pretty big fan of arcade fighter games so when I came across these two cosplayers I had to do a shoot. Chun Li's (cosplayer on the right) signature fighting is her kicking acts and I wanted to illustrate that here. The Sakura (cosplayer on the left) was great with expressions and body movement so she was perfect for acting out the motion of being kicked.
All my images receive post processing. Between my lighting style and editing is where my style gets developed. The head band flying forward from Sakura was composited in from another shot. Chun Li's tassels had movements added to them with the liquify tool. A lot of my editing comes down to enhancing the lighting and color grading.
In my camera bag
I currently only use one camera body which is my Sony A99. I like to limit my lenses to the 16-35mm and 135mm as they give a more interesting perspective than what our eyes are used to seeing. My two profoto B1 strobes are always with me as I love the process of lighting a scene. I also always have my beauty dish and small softbox modifier. On my belt i also keep and polarizer and ND filter. I use the ND filter a lot to combat the sun along with my strobes. I also have colored gels for my strobes.
Always trying new perspectives is I think key to finding the best way to display an action shot. This shot I tried from multiply angles besides straight on. They all had their own appeal but the straight on view captures the arcade fighter feel.

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