Chris Gale: Flashes in the Dark

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The good people over at Phase One just published a video featuring photographer Chris Gale, who ventured down a disused London Underground station called Aldwych.

Needless to say, working at a disused London Underground station poses a number of challenges. Chris had do the shoot in almost pitch darkness, without any mains power, and he had to wrap up the shoot in only three hours.

The fact that Chris needed to use flashes to fake the tunnel lights posed yet another challenge, as the flash packs had to be placed a couple of hundreds meter away.

“I’m shooting over a comparatively large area, so I need to ensure that I can reliably trigger the flash, ” says Chris. “There are no second chances to get this shot, so I can’t have any problems with
my camera system, software or lighting.

“I’m using six Profoto battery generators. The images will be shot using a Phase One 645DF+ with a Profoto Air Sync on the camera’s hot-shoe. I chose the Air Sync as it should work
on a range of around 300 meters.”

Complete gear list and final image can be found below.


©Chris Gale

©Chris Gale

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