On March 25, Profoto released the AcuteB Two-head Split Cable – an uncomplicated accessory that lets you connect two heads to your AcuteB2 battery generator. Photographer Kurtis Kronk has tried it out. Here is what he has to say.
The new AcuteB Two-head Split Cable is a cord with one plug in one end and two in the other. Connect it to the output on your AcuteB2 and you have two outputs at your disposal. Very simple, yet very effective.
San Antonio-based photographer Kurtis Kronk was the first to shoot with the Split Cable. Kurtis had long planned on doing a shoot with a yogini at Enchanted Rock – a huge, pink granite exfoliation dome a couple of hours drive from his studio. Before the release of the Split Cable, however, Kronk had to choose between using just one light and carrying two battery generators with him on his trip. But now there was a third option.
“I knew that we’d have to hike for at least 45 minutes, so I was quite limited in what I could bring, says Kurtis. “So, I decided to bring only one AcuteB2 with two AcuteB Heads and a Split Cable. I also had four Light Shaping Tools with me: two Zoom Reflectors, one Softbox 3×4‘ RF and one Softbox 2×2’ RF.”
The sun was still shining when Kurtis and his small crew arrived at Enchanted Rock, and he spent the first few hours hiking to the top, scouting the location and balancing the sunlight with a subtle touch of flash.
“The Reverse Namaste poste she is doing with her hands behind her back… I love that, and she makes it look effortless but try it for yourself,” says Kurtis. “In that image we’re using the Softbox 2×2′ RF just outside of the frame at camera right, primarily giving us a nice bit of light on the foreground rock and acting as a feathered fill on the model’s right side. The Softbox 3×4′ RF is placed as far as possible to the left, again just outside of the frame, acting as a beautiful soft key light for our model and also helping us sculpt the interesting shape of the foreground rock along that inner curve. Each lamp cable is four meters long and the Split Cable is one meter, so that gave me nine meters in total between heads. Finally, the sun was shining through the gap between these huge rocks, creating that beautiful rim light along her right side.”
Most of the images Kurtis shot at Enchanted Rock were, however, taken after sunset, and in these cases, Kurtis did not want a realistic light, but rather a striking light that accentuated the colors and shapes of the yogini and the rock formations.
“I used two Zoom Reflector 2s to create the image where our model is standing on top of the rock with her arms raised above her head in the Tree Pose,” says Kurtis. “The key light is feathered quite a lot. The Zoom Reflector is pointed up and away from her. I did it this way because I wanted the ground to be dark but her amazing, intricate back tattoo to be clearly visible. The second Zoom Reflector is standing as far to the right as possible, creating the rim light along her side. By the way, a huge gust of wind knocked over one of my light stands right after this shot, and the Zoom Reflector absorbed the full force of the impact and left the head undamaged!”
“The last image we shot is the one where she is balancing on her arms in the Side Crow pose. The setup here is very similar to the previous image. The only difference is that we replaced the Zoom Reflector on the key light with the Softbox 3×4′ RF, moved it in much closer and only feathered it up enough so that it wouldn’t completely light the ground. By repositioning the key we were also able to move our rim light a little further around the back side of our model for a better rim accent. Again, this is a look that would not have been possible to create with just one light. In that case the result would’ve been a much flatter image with no rim light and the back side of our model would just blend into the darkness of the background.”
So, Kurtis got to do his shoot at Enchanted Rock and he achieved the results he was hoping for. But then what? Kurtis does not usually shoot yoga practitioners on top of cliffs, but portraits and weddings. Will the Split Cable be of any use in those situations?
See more of Kurtis’ work at his website.
Behind-the-scenes video by Weiss Eubanks Films
Learn more about the AcuteB Two-head Split Cable here.
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