Shooting Colorado! – by Rick Friedman

Rick FriedmanRick Friedman has been a photojournalist for over three decades. Based in Boston, he travels the world for numerous publications, corporations, advertising assignments and film and television productions. His published work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Nature, USA Today, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Stern, Discover and many other publications. He has produced over 75 book and magazine covers.
Rick writes the weekly blog Tuesday’s Tips and you can follow his work on FB Location Lighting Workshops.

A few weeks ago I traveled through Colorado from Denver to the Telluride Photo Festival. I had the honor to teach two Location Lighting Workshops and presented two lectures; one on location lighting and one on my career as a photojournalist. While in Denver, I went to the Denver Botanic Garden to view the Chihuly exhibit. It was amazing! In Boulder, I stopped off at Chimera Lighting to see where my softboxes are created. The next day, I headed to Colorado Springs to visit a great photographer and friend, Allison Ernest. After Colorado Springs, I had an amazing drive across the beautiful state.

Here are a few photographs from the trip:

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Location Lighting Workshop attendee, Mark Burrows, modeling in front of a gray backdrop. This gray backdrop was colored using blue Rosco gels, with a pattern created by shooting the strobe through Rosco CineFoil with holes cut into the CineFoil.

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The setup for the above photograph: The main light is a Dynlite Uni 400 with Rosco ToughSpun over the strobe to soften the light. The background light is a Nikon Speedlight SB-900 with gels and Cinefoil.
I used a Sunbounce MicroMini reflector to bounce back some of the light.

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Here, we have moved outside the studio and are using a Dynalite Baja strobe with a Chimera beauty dish as our light modifier. In this photograph we are using the strobe and beauty dish to control the light on the model’s face while initially exposing for the background. Each of the students had a PocketWizard PlusIII on their camera to fire the strobe. The Baja recycled fast enough for every student to work off one strobe.

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Here is our set up at the beginning of Colorado Avenue in Telluride. My friend, and an amazing photographer, Marla Meredith is modeling for us. We are using the Dynlite Baja and the Chimera Beauty dish to light the model’s face and balance the background light.

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Back in the studio, this was lit using a a Speedlight and with a large Flashbender as the main light and Rogue Grid set as the hairline light. Thank you Carin Somers for being a wonderful model!

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The Chihuly exhibit at the Denver Botanic Garden in Denver. This is amazing art and light.

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Sunrise over Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. Yes, I really did get up early enough to photograph a sunrise!

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Hanging out with Eileen Healy at Chimera in Boulder, where all my soft boxes are born!

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Reflections over the Box Canyon in Telluride. This town is a photographer’s playground!

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Sunset over the hills above Telluride.

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Star trails over Telluride. The exposure on this image 1221 seconds at f16, ISO 100. The light on the mountains and the forest is from an almost full moon.

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Telluride, CO

Time to leave Colorado and head for New York to PhotoPlus!

Leaving Telluride… Next stop… New York for PhotoPlus. I’ll be presenting my Location Lighting for Rosco, where we will be introducing my new Location Lighting Kit. I will also be at Shoot NYC for SunBounce, at the ExpoImaging booth and at Unique Photo. Hope to see you there!

PhotoPlus Schedule:

Thursday October 30
Noon- California SunBounce #245
1:30- 2:15 Unique Photo Booth #937

Friday Oct 31
ROSCO Booth #165

Saturday Nov 1
12:30 – 1:15 ExpoImaging Booth #134
2:30 – 3:15 Unique Photo Booth #937

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