This post was written by Dylan Furst and Rob Sese of Raincamp, a production and lifestyle brand company in Bellingham, Washington State.
The Pacific Northwest is a place where it rains constantly, It’s a regular part of our lives and has naturally been a subject to create around. Since rain plays a big role in our work, we approached this next shoot with the idea of bringing a more abstract style to our photo and video clips, testing out some new techniques with the Move Outdoor 2 Kit. Since summer is creeping in, the rain has slowly been fading away. We had to get creative for this one.
While most of our work is remote and in epic locations, we challenged ourselves to use the backyard. From the deck, we ran a hose off the edge to attempt to create a consistent “rain”, as it fell off onto a bush of ferns directly below. In order to achieve a more abstract look, it was almost necessary to stand directly in the falling water, getting close to the ferns.
To best illuminate the rain, we set up a spotlight from the deck with the MobiLED. This was best achieved without a modifier to get it as bright as possible, as we had nearly a 15 foot drop from the deck to work with. We set up a second light on the ground, choosing the Beautybox 65 to cast a light onto the ferns.
For some of the images, the rain hit the lens which made for a unique look, adding an otherworldly element. The result almost looked like a scene from space, with the falling water acting as stars and the drops on the lens resembling planets, at least from our interpretation.
We fired the grounded MobilLED on a low power, feathering it slightly to graze the edges of the ferns, creating a more cinematic look.
We also experimented with the MobiLED on the deck, turning it to the modeling lamp option. With the shot composed towards the blue hour sky, the illuminated drops made a cool effect when shot at a slow shutter speed. This photo can also be up for interpretation, but it looked almost like a space rain or space traveling scene with the added element of drops on the lens.
Using the Move Outdoor 2 Kit with more of an abstract approach to nature opened new doors for experimentation. It was a good challenge creating something from nothing at home, setting up and creating within minutes of having the idea. All of the images were taken with one exposure and no photoshopped elements added, besides some color grading.
Dylan Furst is a photographer and filmmaker from Bellingham, Washington State. Inspired by nature, he has developed his style with inspiration from the dark and rainy forests that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Rob Sese is a photographer from Chicago, Illinois, who recently made the move to Washington State to assist Dylan with his production company and lifestyle brand called Raincamp. You can view more of their work at Dylanfurstphoto.com and Robsese.com, or on Instagram @fursty and @rob.sese.