This photo was taken in Delta's MRO facility in Atlanta, GA as part of an MRO magazine project. It is one of the largest Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) campuses of its type in the world with over 9,600 aviation technicians and support staff servicing all of Delta's planes. They also provide MRO work for an additional 150 other airlines in the USA and from around the world.
I knew, that for this photo, having all of the exposed metal would cause problems if I used any hard light, so a very large "Soft" light source would be required to be able to get an interesting image. Using a motion picture light modifier, a 12x12 silk, allow us to get what I was needing. I have been using these for years.
My assistant & I toured part of this facility a few days before to get ideas of what and how to shoot this project. As a result I knew what I was going to need for lighting and my crew was able to set it up in about an hour. All I had to do was fine tune the light then show the technician what I wanted him to do.
When shooting with "Real" people, there is an element of chance in getting them to be able to relax and just be themselves. Fortunately Steve has years of experience working with real people and he just spends a few minutes talking to them so they can become comfortable with "the process". These few minutes spent with the mechanic pays off in getting credible images.
The Gear: Canon digital camera set to 1/50 of a second shutter speed, 100 ISO and a Canon 200mm f1.8 set to f6.3 sitting on a Sachtler FSB8 fluid head on a Gitzo CF tripod.
The Light: 2 Dynalite 1000ws strobe packs using 4 Dynalite 2040 heads blasting the light through a Sunbounce 12'x12' 1 stop silk and frame mounted onto 2 "C" Stands FourSquare 48x48 softbox using a Lumedyne 200ws pack for fill.
We are based in New York City, Atlanta, Georgia, USA & Milan, Italy, and serve the nation and travel worldwide for projects, both video and stills. On average we travel 175 days a year from all over the USA, to Singapore to Japan, Europe and the Middle East. We are normally in Europe 2 or 3 times a year, mostly Italy and Germany, shooting for clients there.
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