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This fashion advertising image was shot for an American boutique designer in Beverly Hills, CA. The location is Milan, Italy, specifically on the Passerella San Cristoforo al Naviglio, or the San Cristoforo footbridge at the Naviglio. The Naviglio is a canal in the city of Milan.

In the XII century the construction of the Naviglio Grande started. The later addition of locks, invented by Leonardo Da Vinci in the XV century, allowed much of the pink marble used to build the massive Cathedral (Duomo) to be shipped within one and a third miles of the construction site. The bridge is used all the time in the day and at night it has fewer people using it. I did need to get out of the way a few times.

We arrived at sunset, shot a series of images then, then a night shot on the street then this was the last image of the night. I started with Veronika sitting just to see if I liked it, see below. The light you see is ambient. I then asked her to drape herself onto the stone steps, which she did with aplomb. In seeing this I asked Emiliano to hold the softbox over Veronika and a little higher than where he first had it.

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See the behind the scene photos below.

For Photographers

The Gear:
A Canon digital camera set to 1/8 of a second shutter speed, 320 ISO and a Canon 24-70mm zoom lens set to 24mm and f4.5.

The Light:
The main light is from a Lumedyne strobe inside a FourSquare "Travel" softbox. I call it a travel softbox in that it will fit into my roll on bag and assembled it is 30"x30". There is very little ambient light on the model, but you can see light in the background. I think we were using 50 or 100 watt seconds of power.

Test shot to check where I wanted the camera to be:

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The lighting diagram is below.

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We are based in Los Angeles, California, Atlanta, Georgia, both in the USA & Milan, Italy, and serve the nation and travel worldwide for projects, both video and stills. On average we travel 175 days a year from all over the USA, to Singapore to Japan, Europe and the Middle East. We are normally in Europe 2 or 3 times a year, mostly Italy and Germany, shooting for clients there.

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