I wanted to post a quick look into the work that went into pulling off the Halloween project for 2016.

As it has been an incredibly busy year, there wasn’t all that much time to plan this project. I had ended up booking a last minute job down in Tampa and that almost meant I couldn’t’ do the project at all. After such a great reaction to last year’s images, I couldn’t not shoot it again.

A friend tipped me off that Ybor City, in Tampa, had some great parties and lots of people would be down there in crazy outfits. And they weren’t lying.

So after a 12 hour shoot day, I grabbed photographer Scott Schmidt and headed to Ybor.

We shot about 60 people in over the span of about 3 hours. I simply walked along the sidewalk and asked those with the best costumes to follow me to the area which I had set up.

I picked a random wall, taped a 4 foot grey paper backdrop to the brick and used a Large Deep Throat Elinchrom Rotalux with my trusty ELB 400 pack and head to shoot the series. I brought 3 of their lithium ion-batteries but we hardly made a dent even in one battery.


The raw images show that we didn’t really have a lot of wiggle room when it came to composites, the retoucher Matt Richards really pulled off some amazing work to very quickly turn this mess into a coherent set of images.

Then the hardest challenge of all is the final composite, and like last year, it was a test of patience to get the visual layout just right. that means a lot of costumes just didn’t work in the final result, and endless nudging, remasking, repositioning and experimenting. There’s no formula here, it just kind of has to feel right.


With thanks to Scott Schmidt!

Final images are here

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  1. Judy K reply

    These are fabulous, Felix!! Really well done especially with such a short time to prepare!

  2. Michael Dave Dizon reply

    Hey Felix! Amazing work as always. Thank you for giving us insight into your setup. Just wondering, is the Rotalux pointing past the subject (ie., past her right shoulder but not directly at her)? I’ve been experimenting with feathering and (a la AnnieLieb), I’ve been positioning the key light (almost) perpendicular to me and the subject. It’s great to see how other master-strobists, such as yourself, position their key light. Much appreciated!

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