|Jinbei HD 600 Strobe|
Recently I had a food shoot for a regular client Centuno in Highgate, London. I woke up at 4.40am, showered and had my breakfast by 5.00am. My pre-arranged taxi to take me to Runcorn train station collected me at 5.30am which gave me ample time to make last minute checks and get all my kit together to make it to the station (I always like to give myself more time than what I need when making long train journeys as you never know what can crop up). I also like to travel by train for long distance jobs like this to allow me time to edit during the journey home - something which I could never do if I drove to the shoot.
My train had a slight delay but nothing major. I got down to London early for my shoot so stuck around in Euston station and finished a little bit of work before making my way via the tube to Highgate. I eventually got to Centuno on time at 10am and started setting up for the food shoot. Centuno is a lovely little Italian with delicious wood-fired pizza and tasty pasta dishes situated on Hampstead Lane in Highgate. They are operated by the same guys that own Wildwood restaurants and Dim T both of which I also regurlarly shoot for.
I always carry backups of most items of my kit in the event that anything should go wrong with an item I would be able to carry on shooting. On food shoots I carry the following items:
- Sony A7R
- Sony A77II
- Sony Zeiss 24-70mm f2.8 (A-mount)
- Tamron 90mm f2.8 Macro (A-mount)
- Samyang AF 35mm f1.4 FE
- Samyang AF 50mm f1.4 FE
- Sony LA-EA4 (A-mount to E-mount adapter)
- 1x Jinbei HD600
- 1x Pixapro Lumi200
- 2x lightstands
- 120cm Pixapro easy-open octobox
- 2x Yongnuo YN560IV
- Millions of batteries
- Lots of SD cards
- 2x Lacie Rugged hard drives
|Broken Bowens S mount ring|
The moral of this story is to definitely carry backups of your gear! I was very lucky that I didn't learn the hard way.
Here's some of my images from the shoot at Centuno
I contacted Golden Shell (the manufacturers of Jinbei products) in China, was told that they did have a replacement part and it would be free to me. I just needed to pay the $22 shipping which was fine. The part took around 7 days to arrive direct from China and I'm pleased to say that it fits perfectly. Hats off to Golden Shell for sourcing the part for me despite the strobe being a discontinued model.
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Check out Centuno in Highgate and take a look at their Instagram for more from this shoot.
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