Sunshine On A Rainy Day (Well A Little!!)

This week I took delivery of a new piece of kit that I had been scouting around for for quite some time, a Bowen’s Gemini strobe together with a Travelpak.  I’d been keeping an eye on several of these over the past few months but they always seemed to attract a high price on EBay.  They say patience is a virtue and it certainly was in this case as I managed to pick up a set in great condition for a really good price so I was a very happy chappy 🙂 .  As a guy with a new toy I was dying to try them out and was lucky enough to have a shoot with Eve set up for the following weekend.  I have worked with Eve several times now (link to last shoot) and I’m always delighted with the images we produce and this time proved to be no exception.  We headed for the coast on what proved to be a rather dull and overcast day and quickly abandoned the bikini shots we had in mind (this is the NE coast of England!!) and Plan B was to shoot something a little more commercial / fashion style.  During the course of the morning we shot at 3 different locations, interspersed with get warm and bacon sandwich stops.  There was a bit of a breeze blowing in from the sea so I was extra careful to make sure that the light stand was well weighted down with some strategically placed rocks to prevent the whole thing blowing over.  With a 1m 10cm Brollybox attached I was able to shoot at about f5.6 to f8 with the 400W strobe on about 3/4 power.  Recycling time was pretty good at about 2 seconds and the power meter had hardly moved after shooting a couple of hundred shots, so all round I was really happy with the way it performed and the quality of light it produced.  As always Eve was an absolute pleasure to work with, great fun but also totally professional.  I really like the feel of these images and look forward to using the kit again on future projects I have planned for the summer, considering adding a second strobe too for some ideas I have.

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