Bounceman: A Hero For Our TIme.

Editing through the results for Boot Camp 2, Assignment 4, which will be up on Monday. (Some nice stuff in there!)

In the meantime, this is one of the video entries in LIME's ongoing "Bounce Competition," which you can learn more about here.

And, um, thanks for not making those pants any tighter.

[UPDATE: At some point, the guy who played Bounceman is gonna be walking down the street in Belgium somewhere and someone is gonna come up to him and ask, "Are you Bounceman?"

Bonus points if he stares at them for a moment, turns his head sharply and gallops away . . .]



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Blogger GWC said...

this guy will now win first prize after 100K strobist readers watch the video today...nice!

September 25, 2009 12:28 AM  
Blogger tersha said...

Thanks for posting that! I loved it! :)

September 25, 2009 1:05 AM  
Blogger TenisD said...

But it was pretty funny :DD

September 25, 2009 3:13 AM  
Blogger Rockhopper said...

Need an extra strobe you could call on Flash Gordon...

September 25, 2009 3:39 AM  
Blogger Kitography said...

This is so epic. I love how he transforms into bounceman!

September 25, 2009 4:02 AM  
Blogger Peter Wright said...

Brilliant - I laughed all the way through my coffee.. but awesome images and a stunning model too..

September 25, 2009 4:55 AM  
Blogger C. Kurt Holter said...

That's just simply excellent.

September 25, 2009 6:28 AM  
Blogger David said...

Did anyone else think that was weeeeeeird...?

September 25, 2009 6:41 AM  
Blogger Dewayne said...

Hey! That dude just stole her flash!

September 25, 2009 9:10 AM  
Blogger Debbi_in_California said...

This should win, it's hilarious! I want to do a video funny like that!!

September 25, 2009 10:02 AM  
Blogger Stephen said...

Hey, wait a second! Bounceman took off with that poor girl's flash!!!

September 25, 2009 10:14 AM  
Blogger Jakob said...

Good fun!

September 25, 2009 10:23 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

What a great concept. I love that you can actually get something out of the video too!

September 25, 2009 10:29 AM  
Blogger Dennis Pike said...

That is freakin hilarious. loved it. Good photo stills as well.

September 25, 2009 10:50 AM  
Blogger said...

wow some people have a lot of time on their hands. funny stuff. they should make a series out of it.

September 25, 2009 10:56 AM  
Blogger said...

wow some people have a lot of time on their hands. funny stuff. they should make a series out of it.

September 25, 2009 10:58 AM  
Blogger Stephen said...

I swear that guy pointed the flash at his junk at once or twice.

September 25, 2009 11:59 AM  
Blogger Our Place said...

"Bounceman, you're my hero!"

September 25, 2009 12:53 PM  
Blogger Eça da Palmeira said...

This is the coolest thing going down in the lighting community for some time now. Thanks for spreading the news. I’m already thinking about a decent project to present, although for the moment I can’t think of anything better than the “bounceman” video. He’s bound to became the new best super hero for many of us !

September 25, 2009 12:53 PM  
Blogger DPG said...

So this comment is only relevant to this post in that it references something else from today. For that, I apologize. But I thought any reader of this blog who reads closely enough to read comments would appreciate photo number fourteen from the slideshow in the linked posting on the Lens blog and I wasn't sure where would be better to share with you all. Anyway, sorry for the distraction:

September 25, 2009 1:09 PM  
Blogger Mike Murrow said...

i think bouncman needs to meet goldbondman ... the way he walks looks like someone's gotta little chafing going on..

September 25, 2009 1:11 PM  
Blogger Anderson Creative Productions said...

Were those final images really produced by reflecting the strobe off of his body?

September 25, 2009 2:06 PM  
Blogger najee said...

kinda weird with Bounceman just standing there like that, but I actually took something from the video. And Bounceman took her flash haha.
Was that an LP 120?

nice gallop.

September 25, 2009 2:09 PM  
Blogger charles said...

Luv'd the "bounce Squad 2009" video @

Several good on-camera flash, bounced off of walls, CSB reflectors, etc. For real horsepower outdoors the Ranger stuff was great. I've been using a Profoto AcuteB 600R for bounce.

September 25, 2009 2:50 PM  
Blogger Josh said...

@anderson creative productions:

My guess is no. She shooter's position doesn't coordinate well with some of the later shots shown, and it looks like they're using looks to me to be _much_ larger than some guy's chest/package for some of the pictures.

But then I'm kind of new to this and I'm not sure how much our yellow sun amplifies Bounceman's powers.


September 25, 2009 3:26 PM  
Blogger Rocky Slaughter said...

Does anyone know what camera was used to film this video? The quality is excellent!

September 25, 2009 5:38 PM  
Blogger Schorschi said...

I want one of those suits! Where can I get one?

September 25, 2009 7:12 PM  
Blogger jamesf said...

How about adding a button to download the video, before it plays. I hate the fact the video must stop every two seconds for updating. It makes view just to much of a pain otherwise!

September 25, 2009 8:47 PM  
Blogger James B. said...

Voice activated light stand is evolving!
Congratulations! Voice Activated Light Stand has evolved into Bounceman!

September 25, 2009 9:50 PM  
Blogger Scott Kevin Ralston said...

After watching this video and the others on his You Tube page, I've come to the conclusion that this guy rules!

September 25, 2009 9:51 PM  
Blogger RaNGeR said...

That was totally awesome! Brilliant piece of work! :D

September 25, 2009 10:52 PM  
Blogger marcoman said...

All we need is Grip Man, Boom Man and 15% and we'd be set!

September 25, 2009 11:03 PM  
Blogger Cesar T Sanchez said...

Bounce Man has to be a special guest at the 2010 Strobist World Summit.

September 26, 2009 12:24 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

Rocky... I was just about to ask the same thing. The video is hilarious, but it got me wondering what they used, video camera wise... hehe

September 26, 2009 1:16 AM  
Blogger AlexH said...

Love it, so funny. Genius!

September 26, 2009 8:02 AM  
Blogger MingitaAdmirer said...

Great Video! What video camera was used?

September 26, 2009 11:06 AM  
Blogger Thom said...

Were Dean Collins still alive, he would love this!!

September 26, 2009 11:15 AM  
Blogger Pepe said...

That's my Grandpa!!! How embarrassing!

September 26, 2009 3:22 PM  
Blogger Max said...

This was so awesome. But now I wonder if you can actually bounce off of a white shirt now. Good show sir, good show.

September 26, 2009 4:19 PM  
Blogger Heipel said...

The sound of galloping was the very sweet icing on an excellently educational cake :)

September 26, 2009 4:38 PM  
Blogger Rob Horton said...


Agreed. Apart from anything Bounceman brought to the party, most of the finished shots have some hard shadows coming from the "wrong" side of the frame. e.g. Two of the shots at 1:32 look like they actually did have a bare flash sitting on the tarmac at camera left...not a galloping superhero on camera right.


September 26, 2009 8:44 PM  
Blogger ron said...

That was soo funny !

September 27, 2009 12:38 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

Great! This afternoon I will be attending a LIME workshop, hopefully they will bring Bounceman along

September 27, 2009 3:26 AM  
Blogger mikepenney said...

This is all well and good but Canon's wireless system doesn't work worth a damn indoors let alone outdoors in sunlight.

Those final images were produced using some other equipment.... with waaaay more power than a hotshoe flash.

September 27, 2009 4:41 PM  
Blogger Jayce Van Der Linden said...

I was just wondering what is that infrared thing in the hot shoe called? and does it work for the 580ex?

September 27, 2009 9:05 PM  
OpenID photomaking said...

It's a Canon ST-E2. It's pretty much a $195 paper weight.
It's infra red beam is weak and the width and height of the beam is narrow so it barely works.

I don't think there is ANY chance you could get it to work outdoors in sunlight.

September 28, 2009 4:46 AM  
Blogger James B said...

Gee, if I ever find myself without a modifier, I should just put the camera on sticks with a timer, then run over and be my own hero.

September 28, 2009 4:52 PM  
Blogger TenisD said...

Hei, yes it was ST-E2 and yes it works if You know how to use it ;)
Its actualy a pretty good transmitter IF You use it properly.
Read about one of those only nikon type in McNally's new book. Or somwhere. I use it all the time and its great.
H speed sync, ETTL, and even without flash.
To focus faster in realy dark conditions.

September 29, 2009 4:24 AM  
Blogger Andy M said...

The video was shot with a Canon 5D MKII ( from the youtube page).

And it's quite obvious (with a bit of reverse engineering) that the lighting in the stills don't match with the suggested setup (i.e Bounceman), since that wasn't the point of the video.

September 29, 2009 1:42 PM  
Blogger DDCAM said...

alright, I'm hoping this happens in real life so I can put "light softened using bounceman" in my strobist info.

October 02, 2009 10:46 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Personally, I found Bounceman's neck warts/skin tags really distracting. Surely even a superhero isn't above going to the doc and having them removed!

November 01, 2009 12:39 PM  
Blogger Dalton Gomez Photo and Stuff said...

BEst video of all time! Today i was in the city and people were doing wedding photos and i almost grabbed my bounce umbrela and a sb 600 out of the car, galloped over and stood majestically. Instead i got coffee

January 09, 2010 7:40 PM  
Blogger Henri said...

I need your help Bounceman! :D

This video is absolutely great!Very nice pictures indeed. I'm laughing tears on my eyes :D

Thank you Mr. Strobist for sharing all your fantastic information!

June 25, 2010 7:06 AM  

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