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Music in a key of fire dance



with Julia Book

with Julia Book
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Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken in Paris's biggest wood called the "Bois de Vincennes". By night, it's a very quite place, so we had all the time for us without being annoyed.
Time
By night obviously, the best time for fire photography, by day, the flames don't really stands out like they do by night.
Lighting
This was a two strobes setup, one in the back with a Fresnel light shaper (behind the talent), one in the front in a deep parabolic softbox on a C-stand. The weather wasn't windy at all but I sandbagged it anyway because I had to put it quite high.
Equipment
As usual, my trusty D750, a 50mm lens, a carbon fiber tripod and an ND filter for the long exposure part of the photo. For the long exposure part, I had two guys moving the fire fans towards the dancer, and when she could grab them, I had the strobes freezing her. It took quite a few attempts before getting the shot.The strobes are Godox AD600 and AD200.
Inspiration
The idea was to draw a musical staff with the fire fans and a have the model dancing in the middle of it. Of course, you can figure it's supposed to be some fiery music -;)
Editing
As usual, developing and grading in Adobe Camera Raw and some cleaning in Photoshop, but I hadn't much to do for this shot because it was quite alright straight from the camera.
In my camera bag
Usually, a D750 and a 24 70mm zoom lens. Now, I've switched to the D780 for the new AF, the new Timelapse mode as well as the 120 fps in video. The true silent mode is also quite usefull in this camera and the buffer really great compared to the D750.
Feedback
As always when fire is involved, security is essential. This time, I had two guys taking care of it with pro level security equipment. Wether the model as experience with fire or not (it was a first time for Julia, our dancer), you don't want your talent feel afraid and getting burned!

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