Guest post: The making of “Trick or Trick…” by Leo Rosas & Michael Ramhardter
In this series Leo Rosas collaborated with professional retoucher Michael Ramhardter – he is an avid golfer so our aim was to combine all three – horror, golf and photography…
Usually movies are the most popular format for horror stories, so they decided to do something different with this sequential series featuring "Jason Voorhees" from Friday the 13th. This is the story:
For the close portrait of the Golf Player I used a Elinchrom Quadra with standard reflector placed from camera right for a big contrast (45 degrees angle to get that nice "Rembrandt triangle") and for Jason with umbrella and from above for drama and softer light quality.
A Nikon SB 900 speedlight was used from the back to create a edge light which would be complemented with the mood and the other images of background later on in post.
For the playing scene where Jason approaches the golf player, I decided to add a little light paint effect with the use of the continuous light from the Elinchrom Quadra and trigger the flash on rear curtain to freeze the subjects.
The speed-lights where quickly placed in different positions to add some information on the trees and on the mini golf court. (sometimes even on the ground in a very rough way to just obtain that bit of information that would help us working our the images in post.
It was a tricky shoot, no much light and a really cold night, the models (firends of us, were rockstars and did their best under the cold weather :) )
In resume, the Quadra was our main light and the speed-lights were a fill in light for the place. All this was possible thanks to the team work with Michael Ramhardter who is a great friend of mine and we both planned the shoot from the begging, so we both were 100% aware of what was needed and help us complete the shoot in a couple of hours during a spooky night bringing Jason Voorhees to live once again :)
Nikkor 70-200 mm 2.8
Nikkor 24-70 mm 2.8
Nikon speedlights SB-900
Elinchrom Quadra flash system