The Underworld – Nyx Using Round Flash

The Underworld – Nyx Using Round Flash


Nyx is the Greek goddess of the night. A shadowy figure, Nyx stood at or near the beginning of creation, and was the mother of other personified deities such as Hypnos (Sleep) and Thanatos (Death). Her appearances are sparse in surviving mythology, but reveal her as a figure of exceptional power and beauty. She is found in the shadows of the world and only ever seen in glimpses. – Wikepedia

Photographer: Rebecca Bathory
Model: Tina Eisen
Fire: Neil Watts
Assistance/ Filming: Kostis Nikolas
Dress: The Couture Wedding Dress Company
One Thursday evening I meet for the very first time, the wonderfully talented Tina Eisen, who is a beauty/ fashion photographer from Germany, but now living in Milton Keynes. For a while we have become friends thanks to Facebook and I just knew we would get along, her passion for photography, her love of cats and a general sweet nature to everything that comes out of her mouth.
I had decided to do this shoot just a week or two before and the lovely Joanne from The Couture Wedding Dress Company sent me over some beautiful garments to photograph. Originally we were going to shoot down in a Victorian reservoir in London, my friend Neil said he wanted to go there and do some fire spinning, so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to get a model and create something epic for my Underworld Realm series.
We also meet up with Nikolas, who has been working on a documentary on myself for his final university project, so he was there to capture the fire and madness. We arrived at the reservoir after dark, but was sad to find it had been locked tight and welded shut, out mood livened up when we realised there was another way in, but soon dampened when we realised this was shit as well. Disheartened we decided to go for back up plan one. We headed to Abney Park Cemetery and after jumping a wall we carried the clothes, lights and equipment into the depths of the cemetery where we would go unnoticed.
A lot of lighting equipment was needed as it was literally pitch black in the graveyard, its was pretty hard to find a spot to shoot as we couldn’t see further then our noses. We were super happy to come across an abandoned chapel in the middle, but I made the decision to not shoot inside as it was so dark and the surroundings of the trees and gravestones was far more exciting then the brick wall within the chapel.

So we began to set up the lights, I wanted an ethereal, strange atmosphere in the photo, I also wanted Tina to be well light from the front, so I began by placing a Canon 430ex II speed light with a Round Flash attachment, camera right and pointing at Tina. I used a Lowel GL – 1 Hotlight behind the camera to fill the scene and finally a Lowel ID light tobadk light the model, pointing at the camera. I made sure that the model was covering the light, this gave her a nice hair lightand also light the smoke I set off behind her toachieve the ethereal glow I was hoping toachieve.

In this photo the setting were F 6.3, 35mm, 1 sec, iso 400 and I set the white balance to tungsten to get a cool tone. Tina had to stay very still for the 1 second exposure, but the flash helped to freeze her. In this photo I asked Tina to move around a little, by gently swaying from side to side so I could capture her movement in the slow shutter. Camera setting were F 6.3, 35mm, 1 sec, iso 400
For this shot the lights were set up in the same way. this time the Lowel ID light was placed to camera right back lighting, pointing at towards the models back. Camera setting were f8.0, 29mm, iso 200 and a 5 second exposure. After the initial flash of the Canon 430ex II camera left pointing at Tina, she had to be very still during this exposure as the 5 seconds allow the sparks of the fire spinning to be picked up with the slow shutter.

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