Corey Boland’s “There’s Magic in the Winter” Is Geniously Lit

Corey Boland There's Magic in the Winter

Image by Corey Boland. Used with permission.

Photographer Corey Boland is no stranger to the Phoblographer; he’s demonstrated himself to be an excellent strobist and well on the way to becoming a professional photographer. But more than anything, Corey demonstrates creativity with his images and concepts: as is evident with “There’s Magic in the Winter.” He credits Frank Doorhof and Von Wong for his inspiration.

“I always liked the idea of ‘glowing bubbles’ or floating orbs. I also am really influenced by Ben Von Wong and his ability to create so much original light and almost surreal effects in camera and had the idea of white snow with glowing bubbles in the snow.” says Corey. “At first I had two lights but one was not syncing and therefore had to improvise to one”

Corey shot this images by using a Yongnuo 560III flash with built in a wireless receiver. The he proceeded to wrap it in a white garbage bag then stuffed into a ceiling fan glass dome to both act as a diffuser and a water proofing system; then it was set it full blast. Then he put the package in the snow and there was no messing with the settings. He used the YN 602 triggers to sync the flash.

His post-production was very minimal and pretty much added blue to the highlights to accent the “cold” snow.

Although none of his gear was wrecked, Corey states that it was all too possible. However, the flashes are so cheap that he wouldn’t have lost too much sleep.