City Lights Shoot with the Weeylite K21 Light stick and the Fuji GFX 100s

Weeylite sent me two of their new LED K21 Light sticks and I needed to try them out. Also, it’s been ages since I did a shoot just for fun and trying out new things. Now I took some time and planned a little city lights shoot in the evening here in Salzburg with the new Light Sticks. My friend Mariana joined as a second photographer, and she also organized the model, which was also called Mariana. My colleague Hartwig also joined, to shoot some BTS video content (check out the video below).

Mariana, shot on the GFX100s & 45mm f2.8

Disclaimer: Weeylite provided me with two units of the K21 LED Light Stick for testing and creative purposes.

Here, a few initial thoughts about the Weeylite K21 LED Light Sticks:

  • The different settings are awesome: Change the HSL to get the colour you want, change colour temperature, you can also set up different modes like police car, bonfire, party, etc.
  • It’s magnetic, that was a very pleasant surprise. So you can just attach it to anything metal, and they hold pretty strong.
  • The light is also very compact & portable, with its size of 300 mm x 40 mm and 270g you can put in every side corner of your backpack.
  • They are fun to use, but you have to get used to the little menu on the stick.
  • The only downside right now is, why is there no bigger second option. The stick is fun for small & simple portrait sessions, but if you wanna light a bigger scene they are just too weak. There is a chance to screw three of those together, but that’s just going to be annoying as hell. I hope Weeylite will produce a 600 mm or 900 mm version too.

So about the shoot, we went to the Kapuzinerberg mountain in Salzburg and hoped for a good sunset, unfortunately it was very cloudy that day. For this shoot, I chose my Fujifilm GFX 100s with the 45 mm f2.8 and the 80 mm f1.7 lens. Since I got this camera pretty recently, I want to try it out more, to see how it performs under different circumstances. We shot the first few photos without the lights.

Mariana shot on the GFX100s & 45mm f2.8
Mariana shot on the GFX100s & 45mm f2.8

After we grooved in a bit, we started to play with the lights. It also got darker too, so the effect was better.

Mariana shot on the GFX100s & 45mm f2.8

After that, we did a small location change and I started to use both lights more, here classic with red & blue light scheme. Also, I wanted a washed out / vintage look and feel for the photos, that’s why I added some light leaks, scratches and blur in Photoshop. Color Grading was done in Lightroom. If you want to see more photos, check out the YouTube video below:

Mariana shot on the GFX100s & 80mm f1.7
Mariana shot on the GFX100s & 80mm f1.7
Mariana shot on the GFX100s & 80mm f1.7

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