Like many other communities, we have a local group of photographers & models who meet regularly to get to know each other. I started attending last summer and so did Justin, the model in this photo. He looks a bit different than he did in his suit & tie last time around. I never knew he was inked up like that when I first met him. Personally, I'm not a fan of tattoos, but I think they work with this kind of image.
When I go to these events, I want my gear to be simple & effective. That meant using one Nikon Speedlight and a Lastolite Hotrod Octa soft box on a light stand. I shot using CLS in TTL mode and it worked perfectly. Almost perfectly. CLS is a line of sight trigger, so I missed my flash on a couple of occasions when I didn't have a good line between my camera and the Speedlight. That just meant I had to adjust my position or the light, and then I was as happy as tornado in a trailer park.
The quality of light from this combination is just beautiful. Great contrast, shadows and falloff. For a lightweight setup, the Nikon Speedlight and Lastolite Hotrod Octa pack a lot of punch.
My Photography Gear
I added a page showing what photography gear I use, along with some sample images to show how the gear impacts the results. You can find it under the Gear menu link, or just click this link.