I was able to (finally) meet and attend a photo workshop by Neil van Niekerk. This particular workshop was in Nelson Ghost Town in Las Vegas. The weather was a bit chilly and windy, although the light was very good for photography. Our models for the shoot were Travis and Haley G (http://travisandhaleyg.com/). Hats off to these folks for braving the weather for the sake of art.
Neil provided the Profoto B1 and individual triggers for us to work with, and I must say it is pretty neat to have gear like that for a free flowing shoot like this. No wires, no battery pack tethered with wires...just a monopod and the Profoto B1 in TTL mode :) ...for those wondering why it was in TTL and not in manual mode, this was due to the number of shooters sharing the light.
First up to be photographed were Travis and Haley. They're Oklahoma based wedding photographers, and for this workshop, they are working in front of the camera.
Here's a pull back view of the group.
These next photographs were taken inside one of the decaying buses parked in the town. These photographs were without the B1.
Neil is giving some instructions here to get a similar shot to those taken above while avoiding the hot spots.
I posted two of the same pose here to show natural light (only) and a shot with a bit of kick from the flash to get a little more "oomph" for the shot.
Here's Haley posing with the 38 Chrysler Plymouth.
There's the Profoto B1, taking a break.
...Would not be complete without a photo of myself with Neil.
That was a great experience overall. It was awesome to be able to ask questions while being on location with Neil and other photographers that share the enjoyment of the art.