There’s a gypsy camp just outside the town limits of Pushkar, India. During the camel festival all the gypsy girls come to town in search of photographer’s and the nice tips they are more than willing to pay for pictures.
This is Rekah, who is twenty years old. I had pre-scouted the area for some nice old doorways to be used as backgrounds for my environmental portraits that day. She didn’t know her exact birthday nor could she sign my model release in Hindi but she speaks fluent English. She couldn’t sign her name in English either but was able to write it in block letters.
On camera left was a LumiQuest LTp Softbox fitted with a Canon 580EX II Speedlite that was being handheld by my Indian assistant, Pintu. I commandeered Rough Guide photographer, Tim Draper, to hold a 430EX II rigged with a LumiQuest Snoot for the rim light from camera right. Hordes of world-class photographers converge on the Pushkar Camel Festival each year and one evening I bumped into Tim, whom I’d never met before, and was amazed when he mentioned he’d already photographed twenty-two Rough Guide editions over the past few years. On camera I used a Ray Ring Flash powered down about two stops for fill. All were triggered via Pocket Wizard TT5 radios. The ambient exposure was set down one stop. On my first test shot, Tim’s rim light was powered up a bit hotter than the LTp softbox but I liked the effect and decided to let this snooted flash unit become the key light.
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