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.

Creating the Photograph: Corey Boland’s “Daughter Performing Magic”

Daughter Performing Magic

Creating the Photograph is an original series where we interview photographers about a photo that they shot and how it was achieved. The results are some knowledge passed on to you. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com.

Photographer Corey Boland is a physical therapist that wears the photographer cape and cowl at night, but like the great Williams Carlos Williams before him, he surely has a creative and artistic side. We found the image that is the center of this post when he posted it on Reddit–naturally though, we know exactly how it was lit. But even though the methodology is fairly common, many don’t know how a photo like this is achieved. Nor do they always have the creative vision to pull something like this off in a very smart way.

Here’s Corey’s story.

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