Finn Beales: Behind the Scenes with a Chocolate Cannon
Profoto recently published an interesting behind the scenes video of photographer Finn Beales shooting stunning visuals of firing chocolate from a DIY “Cannon”.
The bizarre but cool project was ordered by Nom Nom Chocolate – a Welsh brand specializing in hand crafted chocolate.
In an interview Beales gave the Profoto website he was asked how did he build the Chocolate Cannon?
His answer – “Lucky enough I have a friend who works at a special effects company in the film industry. I called him up and said I needed a Chocolate Cannon. He didn’t hesitate a second. He loves that kind of stuff!”
Lighting was a very important part of the project and Beales needed to freeze the Chocolate hitting all the different objects. Beales explained his lighting setup like this: “Well, I knew from the start that I’d need at least two lights – a main light and a rim light. I also knew I’d need something with short enough flash duration to freeze splashes. Also, I knew that I’d need a wide and even light source to be able to light the entire splashes. The solution was to use a Profoto B1 Location Kit with two different softboxes. Set to Freeze Mode, the B1 can go as fast as 1/19.000 of a second, which was more than enough for what I wanted to do. So I had one B1 with a Softbox RFi 1×1.3’ positioned camera left. This was my main light. The other B1 was equipped with a Softbox RFi 1×4’ angled horizontally and positioned behind and to the right of the place of impact. This was my rim light, separating the chocolate and the ingredients from the background.”
As always, you can find many more behind the scenes videos on the BTS section here on LensVid.“