This is not the Chase Jarvis Bank Robbers photo, this is just a tribute :)

Really I wanted to just reverse engineer the lighting and see if I could reproduce it.

Strobist: Vivitar 285HV taped to ceiling above the table @ 1/4 power, optically triggered.

Nikon SB-600 camera right, 1/8th power (maybe 1/4), trigged by G.I. Cactus.

Nikon SB-26 into silver umbrella camera left @ 1/4 power triggered with built in optical slave.

Spotted on the front page of Explore, and according to Scout #6 for 22nd of June 2008.

View all photos taken: Sunday, 22nd June 2008, This photo: 3:45pm

Previous Photo: Ambra
Next Photo: Ambra up close


  • shonkathan said:
    I am loving it - especially the guy with the muscles. Doesn't Ambra look the part ...
  • David de Groot said:
    Oh yeah, top class last minute model that one ;-)
  • NKN Photography said:
    Great shot Dave
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Nick :) I'm fairly happy with the approximation of the original.
  • richardfenton75 said:
    He's gorgeous! Chase's mate may have had the muscles, but that steely look, I don't think so!

    Thanks Dave, Had a great time, and a great photo to boot. Frame it big and put it on your wall!
  • said:
    Wow nice mate, was wondering why you taping a flash to the roof haha
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks for standing in on this one :) Worked out pretty well indeed, and you definitely nailed the steely look.
    Isn't that how everyone attaches flashes to the roof ? ;-)
  • Vucko1000 said:
    wow - professional look dave!
  • James Ottaway said:
    Ooh, looking good Richard! Who brought the pieces?
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Ana :)
    They'd be my iron^H^H^H plastic ;-)
  • Adam Bolt Photography said:
    WOW!!! Super cool. I love the whole image... even to the graffiti bunny rabbit on the back window!... Makes me laugh
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Adam. I'm pretty pleased with how it came out, and yeah the bunny isn't half bad ;-)
  • LouGarou said:
  • Steadyhands said:
    Looks real good Dave. Well done.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
    Thanks Greg :)
  • D'Arne, Ming & Jack said:
    fun !
  • Shaun Johnston said:
    Looks great! Love the lighting and selective focus (sharp inside, soft out).
  • David de Groot said:
    Indeed :) We had a blast doing this.
    Thanks Shaun. I must say, the focus took some doing. I wanted shallowish depth, but the bright light outside was making it difficult (without blowing the windows completely). I reckon I could have made it even more pronounced if I'd had another 20m to work with. ;-)
  • norbography said:
    Front page of Explore Dave. Excellent shot.
  • David de Groot said:
    Hey whaddayaknow it is too! Hmmm, that's gotta be a first for me.
    Tribute on Explore
    Thanks Norbs, 'twas a lot of fun.
  • joeyyepez said:
    awesome shot!!!! strong explore homepage! congratulations
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
  • RobertsonPhotography said:
    fantastic shot there david!
    so jealous i wasn;t there!
  • TheForma said:
    freeze sucka!
    great job!
  • Sodabowski  said:
    Whoa, excellent work!
  • Mr Magoo ICU said:
    Great work David, a good tribute to the original. When I saw Chases' video I was thinking to myself "now there's something i could do full time". I'd already started going down that road style-wise but it was great inspiration material and gives you something to aim for (oh the pun). You're getting good value out of that location too.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :) 'twas a good fun arvo.
    I can't take credit for the concept, but thanks :)
    He definitely leads what appears to be a pretty neat life, that's for sure.
    I fear the location is going to be gone soon. Surveyors have been seen there, and the fences out the front have been removed. I'd give it no more than 6 months and it'll all be gone.
  • Sodabowski  said:
    Whatever, talent is talent and you have it :)
    The quality of the 70-200 2.8 is amazing even on a 400D: no damn vignetting at all!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks. This is pretty much straight out of the camera (well after conversion from raw, and a wee straighten) too. The 70-200 is a wonderful lens, and you do get used to the weight eventually.
    I actually did another version of this shot with vignetting added in post, but went with the cleaner one.
  • jmven said:
    Buen trabajo
  • lydia63 said:
    A Big Fave
    You are invited to add this image to
    Please tag this photo with ABigFave when you add it to the pool.
  • David de Groot said:
    Grazias :)
    Thanks Lydia, but I gave up on groups using graphical invites ages ago. After a few the comment stream gets so cluttered with it that it's hard to follow.
  • Paul Sears Photography said:
  • fatal.vampyre said:
    i love the lady's face.. so pretty
    two thumbs up on this one...
    instant fave :)
  • darrenmaccann said:
    I actually like this one better than the orignal! The guy looks so mean!!! Great picture
  • ` ®© ROBERTO CARBONI said:
    Enchanting shot,well done
  • Vasanthakumar said:
    Now its #11 on Explore. congrats!!
    nice shot!
  • MoRomy said:
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
    Her innate prettiness was a problem - soo hard to make her look angry ;-)
    Big thanks :) I'm sure Richard (the guy) will be pleased with his performance too.
    On the up-and-up. :) Thanks!
    Thanks. Now to come up with another neat idea....
  • pato_garza said:
    hey congratulations man!
  • richardfenton75 said:
    I'm mean, but not that mean! meaow!
  • Salvatore Falcone said:
    Really great!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
    hehehe Well you pulled off the part well anyway.
  • richardfenton75 said:
    Elouise was talking on the way home of organising another shoot with some of her friends there. I will let you know if she get's it organised.
    I think that she may be catching the stobist bug!
  • David de Groot said:
    Ah cool, sounds good :)
  • petepothole said:
    Great series of shots David!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Pete - 'twas lots of fun :)
  • pierofix said:
    Great! :D
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
  • zebra404 said:
    lovely light. good job and thanks for the technical info.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks, I had fun :)
  • FrAcTuReD...fOtOs said:
    Beautiful lighting!
    Love the building!!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Jeff - we all had a lot of fun doing this, and I'm pretty happy with how it came out. The building however, may not be there much longer.
  • stephenk1977 said:
    Very professional looking shot!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :) 'twas the plan after all.
  • anyclub_full said:
  • fotograndprix said:
    I like it hehehe
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
  • wmiami said:
    Great, great, great!
    I'm also a fan of that Jarvis' video and photoshoot. This image specially can come out of my mind... even bought a prop gun to play around... Are u using props? Mine is 'cheapo' ebay one and comes with an orange barrel that sucks (i know, it's for safety purposes)... any suggestion to where to get a better prop?
    Keep up the awesome work ! :)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :) These are prop guns (plastic cap guns) that I've spray painted the orange ends over with black spray paint.
  • Aussie.501 said:
    Fantastic shot
    Very creative concept
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks, really quite happy with this one. Can't claim the original concept, as that was the work of Chase Jarvis, but I'm pleased with my interpretation of it.