I figured we would need a break for two reasons: 1) to go over the drive and talk about any events that happened along the way, and 2) to let me practice some Noon day sun shooting.
PLM, Combi-Boom and my Vagabond 2, which weighs about 19lbs. I setup the PLM, attached the battery to the light stand and headed back to the car since there was no apparent wind. As I was looking in the trunk, Drew said "Dad, your light fell." I looked over to the spot and saw the light stand on the ground resting on the PLM. The shaft was bent at about 45 degrees. It was still usable, but couldn't be freely rotated. I realized I had placed the battery on the same side as the PLM. I usually make sure I place it opposite to counterbalance the stand, which means placing the battery on the windward side of the lightstand. At least the PLM cushioned the fall of the AB1600 and spared me an additional expense.
What Did I Learn:
- Even if there isn't any wind, always set-up your modifier opposite the battery - I knew that and had done it on four other shoots, but most likely I was still thinking about teaching Drew.
Hoping everyone had a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving, and thanks for reading. BTW, yes the car color looks different in each image, which is due to me playing with different warming and cooling filters. The middle image matches the car's actual color.