Sonia x rah
The cinematic lighting of old, is one that has always had a magnetic hold on me. And opportunities to shoot with those big lights are few and far between, especially for creative exercises with complete control and the luxury of time.
What cannot be replicated from that age, is the condition of our photography today… or at least mine; digital and LED. The nature of film and hot-lights make the process much slower. And by slower, I mean only the positives that come from such - the opportunity to be more deliberate, mindful and a develop a deeper connection to the people in front of your lens. That is, unless you truly make an effort.
On a 3.5 degree night (pretty cold for Sydney!), we had the chance to work with these lights; all the pieces just fell together… Sonia was available, Rah was generous enough to open his home (and with amazing Briyani) and my set of convoluted circumstances simply “wasn’t” on this night.
Here are the results from our session.
Team and Tools:
With Sonia | Rah Sharma
Nikon D850 | 35mm | 105mm | 58mm | 85mm AI-s Nikkors
Nanlite Forza 60b | Pavotubes 30C & 15C | Nanlux Evoke 1200 with Fresnel
Pre-Colored on Capture One | Retouched on Photoshop CC


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