Day 51 of 365 - "Toys. When you're not looking" project

"How do I load this thing ?!?!"

I chose to shoot this the day before I attend Gregory Heisler's Master Class at the Ilford Imaging Center in New York City.  Greg is Time Magazine's go to guy for most of its biggest magazine covers through recent history and noted as being one of the top editorial photographers in the field today.  Ilford HP5 is an excellent high-contrast B&W film to use in cameras like this Russian Lubitel 166B from 1983 and James P. Sullivan aka "Sully" seems to like it a lot.
Shot with the Nikon D7000 and Nikon 35mm F1.8G prime lens.  Manual exposure mode, F8, 1/80th second shutter speed, ISO 200, spot metering.  Camera was tripod mounted and shutter triggered with Nikon infrared remote.   

Main Light:
Nikon SB900 speedlight in manual mode @ 1/32 power with the flash head zoomed to 50mm.  Flash shot through a large sized Rogue Flashbender with the diffusion panel attached.   Flash placed on a boom arm attached to a light stand, camera right and triggered via PocketWizard Plus II radio transceiver on camera and flash.

Rim Light:
Yongnuo YN560 Mark II speedlight in manual mode @ 1/128th power with the flash head zoomed to 105mm.  A HONL speed grid was used on that flash to concentrate the light onto the back of the Lubitel camera to provide some separation from the dark background material.  Flash triggered using built in optical slave mode and hand held in place.

Fill Light:
30" Westcott silver reflector held to camera left to kick some light back onto Sully to fill in some of the shadows.

In 2013, I'm doing a 365 shot a day project with the theme "Toys. When you're not looking". The idea is to capture familiar toys dealing with the situations and challenges that life throws at them in the real world, just like a human would.  You can follow the progress of the project on