Years ago when we shot our solar eclipse in the New Mexico wilderness we wanted to bring that experience into the studio. The studio however was in the process of transitioning from the midwest to the west coast so that idea got put on the back burner.
The recent solar eclipse across North America however re-ignited the drive to recreate this phenomenon in the studio. As with most of our props and gear, this was a custom development involving a bit of trial and error. But at least we had a good starting point — the turbine fan from an earlier project. We wanted to be able to upgrade the fan to support a solar eclipse look without destroying the turbine aspect since so many of our clients have an affinity for aeronautics.
Here you’ll see the evolution of our eclipse as we tweak on its features to get it to look like the real thing…
The multiple attempts included fabric blowing, smoke, and projections, finally culminating in a rope of light tightly bound to the outer ring, and a flash lamp for the “sparkle”. Covering the turbine fan “blades” required hand stitching two giant pieces of felt on hands and knees. Dedication! The giant circle of darkness is then held in place with magnets for easy set up and tear down as needed. Compare our final version to the real thing. Pretty convincing.
If you didn’t see the August 2017 eclipse or didn’t quite get the shot that captured you at your diva best, you can still be the Eclipse Queen at INFINI! Book YOUR session today!
As a fringe benefit, the unique lighting can be used for unusual Alien/UFO style effects. Explore your outer weird!