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Many thanks to the models and the location for allowing me to start a blazing inferno. You've really got to admire that kind of dedication to photography. I must admit I was a bit hesitant to light everything on fire at first, but once I got my hands on a new protective casing for my camera (good up to 6000K: that's hot enough to shoot on the surface of the sun!), all of my concerns melted away.

Kidding, of course. If I remember correctly, this was shot with an on-axis Orbis ring attachment on a Canon 580 EXII, two monobloc strobes at camera-left in softboxes, one camera-right and behind her bouncing off a wall, and one Canon 580 EXII on a stand directly behind her firing back at the camera.

The background was taken from an old shot from the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and the guy falling outside the window was actually a break dancer on Starry Arbat street in Moscow.

The fire and smoke were all painted in by hand with Photoshop. I would've much preferred to edit in shots of actual flames but I discovered, to my dismay, that I didn't have anything good enough, and resorted to creating them myself.