Lighting: Mountain Biker at The Devil’s Punch Bowl

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: October 22, 2015

Category: Photography

Following on from my post earlier this week showing an action picture from a recent Mountain Biker shoot using the new Elinchrom Skyport Plus HS, at the end of the shoot I did manage to shoot something more in keeping with my usual work.

At the end of the shoot we packed away all but one of the Elinchrom Quadra Packs and my 135cm Octa to grab a picture of Patrick at a spot we saw at first on the way in; a great location that was high up on the rim of the Devil’s Punch Bowl in Surrey:


Thanks to the supporting arms of my friends Brian Worley and Brian Dukes, the Octa was held in position slighly higher than Patrick, angled down slightly and close in, literally just out of frame on the right.

To match the naturally overcast soft light I kept both the inner and outer diffusion panels on the Octa and also positioned it so that it was aiming to the front and past Patrick so that he would catch the softest part of the light aka feathering.


As the light was starting to fade I was able to shoot wide open at f/2.8 and not exceed the 1/200sec sync speed; which I could have quite easily using the new HS (Hi Sync).

And of course grabbing a quick Father and Son picture of my Buddy Brian Dukes and Patrick with the same set up was a must!


As always if you have any questions, feel free to make use of the comments section below and I’ll get back to you asap.


•Check out the LARGE version of the Mountain Biker picture over on my 500px portfolio page by CLICKING HERE

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  1. Sean Mahoney

    Great as always Glyn, thanks for sharing. Are you able to give a brief synopsis on how you processed this image?

    • Glyn Dewis

      I’ll be recording some material for this fairly soon Sean

  2. Nick Bayliss

    Glyn great shots. Do you still use the Godox LP-800x portable power inverter. If so is how are you still finding it?

    • Glyn Dewis

      Yeah still use it and love it Nick

  3. Larry J Rutledge

    I love these lighting setup posts, very informative. But I also really like the final images, any chance of you writing up or doing a video on your post processing?

    • Glyn Dewis

      I will be recording something in the near future Larry.

  4. Luis Orga

    How do you give that key to the photo? some filters?


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