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Holy umbrella batman!
Old 10-05-2005, 10:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was reading the Sept/Oct issue of American Photo, the interview with Steve Wayda. He uses these massive "focussable" (?) umbrellas made by Briese. Thay are huge! Fresnel envy, beauty dish envy, ws envy, and now umbrella envy! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]


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Re: Holy umbrella batman!
Old 10-05-2005, 02:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I posted the exact same thing about a month or so back and got ZERO responses! BTW, I like the ones made by Sinar Bron.

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Old 10-05-2005, 04:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Wow, really? Well I guess I only have one response. I never realized they make 11' umbrellas, in fact I looked into it and Sinar Bron's largest one is 12.5'! I think the 60" is about the largest size in my price range. The one thing I don't understand though is the focussing part.
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If I remember correctly, the strobe goes in from the front and is focusable, not only in and out, but side to side as well. When I open my studio in Boise, I'm in Burbank now, I may get one.

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Old 10-05-2005, 05:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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a shooter i know has rented that monster a few times. he's now back shooting with mola dishes. he's french--which means he knows everything there is to know about photography--and he mostly shoots for hu$tler.
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the light source moves in and out on a shaft in the center. i suppose it works much the way a focusable fresnel light works: the closer you move the source to the lens, the wider it throws the light, farther away equals more narrowly focused. i guess it would be same for the umbrella: closer is wider and further is narrower. i could be wrong, tho.
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I recently (within the last three weeks) went to a Sinar-Bron sponsored event where they demonstrated their power-packs (very sweet, very expensive) and Para umbrellas. They had the 330 (3.3 meters) there. It works very much like JimmyD described. They call it de-focus control, but essentially the umbrella is parabolic-ly shaped, so that there's a sweet spot where the light from the strobe head can be focused on a subject. As you move the light in towards the inner surface it de-focuses and throws a huge cylindrical (nearly parallel) cone of light toward your subject. It allows you to get amazing textural effects on clothing and it's really soft and flattering (as a 3.3 meter umbrella should be). You have a great deal of control over the light, unlike most other umbrellas.

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Jimmy,

Is a frensel light the same as an HMI?
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no. fresnel refers to the glass lens that sits in front of the lamp in various light fixtures, usually tungsten. an hmi is an intense light that creates daylight color temperatures, i.e, the light it creates is in and around 5600 degrees kelvin.
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If I was standing in the middle of that thing,...the silhouette would be much more pear-shaped".. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]

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