Adorama’s Flashpoint XPLOR 600 TTL Review
UPDATE: June 22 2015
Sadly I can no longer recommend Adorama’s Rovelight. Click here for my reasons. I still highly recommend the Streaklight 360.
UPDATE June 16 2015
I had the opportunity to use both the Flashpoint 360 and Rovelight in combination today during an on location dance session. I again ran into inconsistent firing of the Rovelight with the CellsII-C HSS trigger. I have yet to determine the root cause of this inconsistent misfiring outdoors. In studio they perform better than outdoors even at moderate distances.
Streaklight 360 with a Bowens Maxlite 8″ modifier.
I recently had the opportunity to utilize a pair of Adorama Rovelights as well as a Godox AD360 and a Adorama Streaklight 360 bare bulb strobe on a commercial assignment. All four of the units are capable of High Speed Sync (HSS) when triggered by a CellsII-C trigger
My assignment was to create imagery of ballet dancers in and around the Dallas area. The art direction conveyed to me was to place the ballerinas in recognizable venues in the Dallas area. In order to achieve imagery with production value required me to shoot at higher than normal sync speeds to greatly reduce the ambient light. For all of these shots I utilized my Canon 5DIII rather than my 1DX to obtain the maximum resolution since the images will be used for posters with an option to create billboard size media materials. I would have liked to use my Pentax 645Z MF camera, but at that time HSS options were not available. As recently as June 10th 2015 I discovered a possible solution to the 645Z’s slow sync speed, but have not yet tested these units. Alex Munoz has done extensive testing on the Priolite strobes which seem very promising
One of the fantastic benefits of using Rovelights with the variety of 360 bare bulb flash units is the ability to use one triggering system, the CellsII-C. As illustrated in the photo below placing the Rovelight’s trigger on the hot shoe of the CellsII-C allows simultaneous triggering in HSS of both the Roves and the 360’s.
CellsII-C trigger which allows HSS with the Rovelight trigger attached to its hotshoe.
The sessions did not go without some angst. One of my Rove’s would not fire consistently and it became frustrating. In one case I replaced the Rove with one of my Streaklights as to not interrupt the flow of the session. I was able to do so because the session was later in the day when I did not need the power of 600WS. I will test that Rovelight further to determine if it is the CellsII-C trigger or the actual Rove. In addition adding smoke to a shot in windy conditions and trying to ‘control’ the direction of the smoke is akin to herding cats! What was I thinking?!
I’ve explained each of the images below in regard to what was used for the shot. All in all I am very pleased with the performance of these light separately as well as in combination. More to come.
How the infinity pool appears with natural ambient light. This was around 7:30am CST. Two Rovelights with two Bowens Maxlite reflectors and one Streaklight 360 was used for this shot.
As you can see using two Rovelights with two Bowens Maxlite reflectors facing one another to give the dancers a rim light and one 360 as a backlight to illuminate the water texture proved effective for this shot.
How the ‘wings’ appear in natural ambient light. Two Rovelights with two Bowens Maxlite reflectors were placed to illuminate the wings and the talent. The AD360 was used to light the water spouts.
The final shot of the talent in front of the wings.
A very small room in the graffiti room. I wanted some dramatic light here, so I decided to place one Rovelight outside the room shot through the only window to create a diagonal beam of light. No modifier was used on the Rove to create a defined shadow and beam of light.
Final shot of the ballerina as she jumped in the beam of light.
An extremely cool graffiti barn as seen with natural ambient light. Because this was indoors I used two of the bare bulb 360 units, one a Godox the other a Streaklight. The key light was placed above the wooden box to the right where the talent posed. I used a gridded cone reflector for the key light. The second 360 was place about 30 feet away from the box pointed toward the Humor word but pointed at the ground. I wanted some illumination to the background and to cast shadows on the floor.
Final shot of my ‘ballerina in a box’ concept.
As seen with natural ambient light at Santiago Calatrava‘s Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.
The final shot using a single Rovelight in HSS at 1:1 power. As you can see its ability to reduce ambient in bright light is remarkable. It was damn bright there and the AD360s just would not have had enough oomph to overpower the ambient in the manner I wanted. The right tool for the right job….
An incredible sculpture at the Latino Cultural Center in Dallas. It was later in the day and the sun was behind the buildings in the background. This was a test of the Rovelight’s ability to illuminate the smoke from my portable smoke machine. Having high wind made for a VERY difficult shoot here with the smoke.
Final shot with the talent, the smoke and the light. Because I was having difficulty with the Rove triggering consistently, I ended up using two 360s, one for the smoke illumination and one as the key light for the talent camera right. And NO the smoke was NOT added in post, but in camera.