Kurtis Kronk Tries the new AcuteB Two-head Split Cable

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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.

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“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.”

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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!”

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“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?

“With the Split Cable connected you get symmetric power distribution with half the normal power to each head,” says Kurtis. “That is not a bad thing as long as you do not need to overpower the sun. I would actually argue that halving the power is a benefit when shooting in dim light assuming you don’t want to completely overpower the ambient light and achieve a more natural effect. Having two light sources from one ultra-portable pack (the AcuteB2) will be a great asset when I’m doing headshots, indoor portraiture and perhaps for weddings as well. In those situations, this kit with just a small generator and two heads becomes a miniature studio.”

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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  • Matt

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    The “continue reading” link in the Profoto blog RSS feed have produced a “404 – Page Not Found” error since they were first added in early March. It appears that some of the URL is missing. Today the link was given as “http://www.profoto.com/blog/kurtis-kronk-tries-the-new-acuteb-two-head-split-cable/” when it should have been “http://www.profoto.com/blog/news-2/kurtis-kronk-tries-the-new-acuteb-two-head-split-cable/.”

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    • Fredrik Franzén

      Fredrik Franzén

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      Hi Matt,

      Thanks for pointing this out. We’re working on a solution now.

      /Fredrik Franzén, Profoto

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  • obad

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    tankyo

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  • pedonaphoto

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    Whats the brand-name of the outdoorbag in the video?

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    • Quentin

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      It looks like a Kiboko 30L or a Bataflae 32L, both from Gura Gear. Great bags, and I was considering getting one but wasn’t sure my Acute B2 would fit, so I’m glad to have watched this video for that too !

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  • Mike

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    Where can you purchase this cable?

    Best,
    M

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    • Fredrik Franzén

      Fredrik Franzén

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      Hi MIke,

      It depends on where you live. Where is that?

      /Fredrik Franzén, Profoto

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  • Melody Valiant

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    wouldn’t it be nice to have this also for bigger packs like the 7B?….. I Sold my 600B after being told this cable would come out shortly after I bought it… years later I sold it and kept 7B pack…. also it would be great if Profoto could catch up to other companies and have power control with iphone or remotely on their battery packs. The Y cable for 7B should be just as easy to make… then I could use my 2 heads and ringflash at same time and I wouldn’t have to buy an Elinchrom ranger to replace my 600B.

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  • Toke

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    yeah, a cable for 7B would be fantastic! Great idea.

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  • DesignOHO

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    Thank so much for review tip for light.

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  • NYCamerman

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    In one of the photographs the camera settings were indicated as f/8 at 1/500 sec. Does AcuteB2 allows high-speed sync with Nikon d800?

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