Smokin' Ninja

One of the more effective Ninja smoke shots I got at the 6th Brisbane Strobist meet.

Strobist Info: Nikon SB-600 behind model triggered by Cactus V2s. Nikon SB-26 triggered by built-in optical slave, camera right and behind photographer. Nikon-SB-600 with green gel camera left next to photographer. White balance changed to correct for green gel (thus making the smoke red).

View all photos taken: Sunday, 17th August 2008, This photo: 3:28pm


  • [ Kane ] said:
  • -Gadabout- said:
    omg, no idea what you did, but this is a great shot :) very sci-fi
  • Panorama Paul said:
    Yikes... that is one scary looking dude! Lighting is spot-on David... perticularly the exposure on his face! Superb!!
  • David de Groot said:
    Turned out fairly well :)
    Thanks :) Amazing what a smoke machine, a couple of flashes and a ninja costume will get you ;-)
    Thanks Paul :)
  • schmick.01 said:
    Where'd the ninja costume come from???
  • David de Groot said:
    We can thank Glen for his masterful Ninja Costume location and hire. I have no idea where exactly he got them from, but they weren't cheap.
  • suburbanvoodoo said:
    Now don't start going all dark on me Dave :-)
    Realy nice job.
  • David de Groot said:
    I'll leave that mostly up to Mr Magoo ;-)
  • Wes Cooper said:
    Very cool, love the smoke detail.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Wes. We had a fair bit of fun, mixed with bouts of frustration, but got some decent shots in the end, and nobody got hurt, which given the amount of leaping with swords that happened, is pretty good really.
  • leadegroot said:
    They're my swords! :)
  • HPVD Photos said:
    Fantastic work, looks great.
  • Peter Hegarty said:
    So, why not use a red gel on the rear light instead of the green and correction?
  • David de Groot said:
    Indeed and they worked well :)
    Thanks, fairly happy with it myself.
    Ah, well mostly because, a) I didn't think of it, b) someone had green gel'd the ground level SB-600 and I'd not noticed and c) I think the rear flash may have blown out the colour, so this looks to have worked better anyway ;-)
  • Peter Hegarty said:
    It looks very cool for sure, I was just confused about the green that's all. BTW, I have an array of stage lighting and a smoke machine (for future reference)......
  • David de Groot said:
    Ah, that could be very handy indeed Pete :)
    You should come along to the next meet, it's loads of fun and educational too.
  • smurfie_77 said:
    Looks like a screen capture from a video game.
  • David de Groot said:
    Does a bit, or a cheesy movie based on one ;-)
  • Mr Magoo ICU said:
    Nice shot, effective lighting too. I've wanted to do something like this ever since seeing the chase jarvis video. Ninja's rock.
  • David de Groot said:
    It was a fun, if somewhat frustrating shoot. Smoke isn't that easy to work with and getting the front lighting right was tricky, but worth it in the end.