Montego Bay. The most amiable bunch of folks I’ve had the pleasure of spending time with in quite a while. A little off the wall, and all very different, and all so very, very talented. I first met them in October 2012 when I photographed the Captive Music live final, held in Preston’s 53 Degrees club. I’m not a fan of live music. It’s loud! However, I can no longer say I hate all live music. The night turned out to be full of surprises, not least the fact a enjoyed the whole thing, and especially Montego Bay’s performance. Apparently, you’re never too old to learn new tricks.
Anyway, what’s a music contest got to do with the above image? Well, as part of the prize for winning the competition, the band would get a shoot with yours truly, and the images would be used for PR and brochures. So off I trundle to York to meet the group.
The above image was almost at the end of the shoot, at 1430hrs. I wanted a moody look to the image, and the bright sunshine would certainly create interest. I wanted to drop the ambient as much as possible, and then create enough light to make the group pop against the background. I used five bare speedlights, no modifiers. For one reason, I needed as much light as possible, and secondly, the way the speedlights were to be spread out, they would act as fill lights for each other.
Two speedlights to the left of the group, one central, and another two to the right of the group. All were on full power. The speedlights were triggered by Lencarta Mach 1N transceivers.
Nikon D3 1/8000th sec ISO200 24-70mm Nikkor f5
Last shot of the day, taken about twenty minutes after the top image. It had become a little more overcast, so dropping the ambient was much easier, which was a boon as the lights actually needed to be further away from the group for this. Similar sort of set up insofar as there were two speedlights at each side, one high and the second about elbow height. You can see the light path on the wall. Again, there was a single central speedlight which was immediate camera right, as can be seen by the shadowing behind the group members. The vignette effect isn’t added in post, it’s the natural light fall off due to the dropped ambient.
Nikon D3 1/2000th sec ISO200 24-70mm Nikkor f4
The whole shoot thing was recorded for posterity by Captive North. Not sure how much it will cost me to have them lose the thing, but they can be found here.