This is the first image for my “How I Lit It” section here on my blog. This image was chosen by a fellow shooter on twitter, CarlJonesPhoto.
This was actually very simple lighting. For this image, I used a Paul C. Buff Einstein 640 watt second flash, powered by a vagabond mini, and firing though an SP Studio Systems 37 inch deep octa softbox(poor mans version of Elinchrom’s deep octa) with both the inner, and outer diffusion material. The softbox was about three and a half feet from her, camera right, at around a 35 to 40 degree angle. The background is actually an old gate here in Brooklyn that just looked really cool to me, and I loved the way it framed her head when she stepped in front of it. I had her just a few feet from the gate because I wanted to light the gate as well(gotta love that old inverse square law huh?).
I used my Nikon D700 with my 24-70 f2.8. Settings were f6.3 at 250th of a second.