Many photographers dream about images they want to create. It is part of the creative process. You're flying back home from a shoot and start thinking about a new image you want to create. Something bigger, better and more stunning than your last one.
I am constantly thinking about new images I want to create. But the reality is I may never create these shots. Sometimes I don’t have the time, other times I get so busy that I forget about these shots, and sometimes I just can’t create them because the technology isn’t there yet.
When Elinchrom introduced the ELC Pro HD units, I knew one of my dream shots was about to become reality. Finally I had a light that could keep up with the blazing frame rate of my Nikon D4.
I shoot a lot of action sports. I spend many days each year photographing kayakers, climbers, mountain bikers and skiers. One of my favorite techniques is shooting image sequences. This involves shooting at 7-10 frames a second as a skier or biker goes flying off a jump. In Photoshop I will seam all the images together into one frame, creating a dramatic sequence of motion of the jump.
One shot that has been on my radar for years is shooting a sequence shot, but using flash for every frame. The challenge is having a light that can flash at 10 frames a second for every shot in the sequence. When the ELC Pro HD came out, I finally had found my light.
For this image we hired a pro BMX biker to do some big jumps at a local track.