Kenneth Volpe’s Overhead Cherry Shot

Kenneth Volpe recently put together a great photo shoot utilizing a Mamiya RZ67 Pro IID with a DM33 digital back. What follows is a breakdown and video of how the shoot came together.

Cherries Kenneth Volpe

As a previous long-time user of Canon DSLR gear, Volpe wanted to do something different on this personal shoot. “With the recent acquisition of my first medium format camera system, I wanted to use the Mamiya RZ67 Pro IID for something fun and artistic while putting it through its paces,” said Volpe. “I have always been drawn to this camera outfit for its old school charm, but it was more than that. Mamiya’s update to the ‘D’ version, sealed the deal with its ability to pair with a Leaf digital back without any cables. Looking even further into things, I quickly realized the RZ67, designed for a 6cm x 7cm film frame, would yield beautiful images on the DM33/Aptus II-7 48mm x 36mm digital back. Only the best part—the sweet spot—of image circle is captured. Think about it: the right side—historically the worst part—of the MTF chart doesn’t come into play!”

For lighting, Volpe used a Profoto Pro-8a, a Profoto D1 Air, Profoto 1×6 ft. softbox, a Profoto grid and a Chimera softbox.

A model was provided by Look Models in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Gina Osborne of True Beauty Marks provided makeup and hair, and a few local farm markets provided the many, cherries.

Volpe locked up the mirror of the RZ67 Pro IID and mounted it high on a boom stand. It was tethered to Phase One’s Capture One software for instant feedback and tweaking of focus and all aspects of the image.


Along with all the great gear, Volpe feels the human element made the final shot what it was. “In the end, it came down to the pose,” he says. “Of the many captures, a little bit of direction and feedback resulted in the image I was looking for.”

Awesome job, Ken! More of Kenneth Volpe’s work can be found at his site.


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