Having shot snowmobiles in Sweden before, I knew exactly where to go for my latest project. I have been here a number of times for previous shoots and I knew that Camp Gauto was the ideal location. The last time I was here, it was for the 2018 Mercedes-Benz passenger car photo shoot. While that was my first time going there during the summer, I have experienced the winter weather out here before.
For my return, I was greeted with amazing winter weather with the temperature being -31ºC. With an abundance of snow all around, this extremely remote area in northern Sweden was the perfect setting. The subjects of the shoot were a pair of Polaris snowmobiles packing 150 horsepower capable of doing 0-100 KPH in 3.5 seconds. I knew I wanted to capture these snowmobiles in action blasting across the snow leaving a trail of powder all around them. My vision was to use mostly ambient light for the scene combined with a strobe to highlight the subject. I needed the strobe to have amazing power output and the ability for high-speed sync to freeze the action. All this without having to be plugged into an external power source since we were at this remote location. The broncolor Siros 800 L battery-powered monolight was the perfect light for the job.
With a pair of snowmobilers at the shoot, the one that wasn’t riding at the moment ended up being my assistants for the shoot. I had them hold the Siros 800 L and be my voice-activated light stand, which worked out splendidly. To focus the light on the subject, I used the broncolor P 45 reflector which narrows the beam’s spread to 45º from the monolight. I positioned the light to the far right off-frame to achieve the look I was aiming for. After a few passes from each rider, I knew I nailed the action shots I wanted. Another successful Camp Guato shoot in the books!