I prepared my strobes as always. I do not want the modes to wait for too long before I start shooting – it still takes some time when it starts. When Karo came in, I instantly know that I had to soften the light. What I prepared was way to hash. But I decided to start with the configuration I prepared to have some orientation. We tried several configurations and viewpoints, but nothing worked for what I wanted. Only after 2,5 hours and no more ideas in my mind that the light turned out to come close to what was needed. The black background turned to much smoother gray tone and the warm tone made it softer.
I used the X-T1 with the XF 56mm all the time. I was so concentrated, that I forgot to test or use other lenses. The peak of quality was at f8, no doubt. At f11 or even f16, it became worth. The sharpness became moody and the skin tones waxy. As I work very close with all the studio strobes I had to power it all down and take some more distance. Then I found the balance between light and aperture. Next time I will use neutral density filter to stay at f8 with some latitude on the Elinchrom strobes.