How does he get perfect shots in the jungles of Borneo and Uganda, or in the ice floes of Antarctica where natural lighting is not always perfect?
â€œSince Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate when you’re out in the wild, I always bring along supplemental lighting because it can really make the difference in my portraits,â€ says Chris Rainier, this monthâ€™s Kingston Icon of Photography.
And what does he bring with him? A Norman 400B system and a Chimera light box combo for lighting and a Hasselblad for a camera are among his equipment. Rainierâ€™s photos have graced the pages of Life, Time, National Geographic, The New York Times and publications for Amnesty International.
He once hired a native to be a lighting assistant, with disastrous and comical results; all the natives around the shoot scampered and fled when the big light went off.
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