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Diary of a shoot

6 Apr 2009 8:10PM   Views : 330 Unique : 221

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27th march 2009

For the past four years my photography has been getting more serious, at first I was shooting anything I could. be it landscapes, portraits, objects and insects.
With access to the internet being a major factor and access to online model portfolios (like net model, pure storm and model mayhem to name but a few) the ease of getting models to pose is easy. Most you don’t need to pay as they are beginners and intermediate models and are willing to pose for prints or CDs. From fashion and catwalk to nude and fetish. Anything is available.
With this recourse on tap im getting used to opening my mind to all the images stored in my brain that have been battling with for years. However I still feel frustrated at not being able the get these visions in my head into reality and into the lens.
So it’s time for me to get creative, and not to keep shooting portraits that are “textbook” or “classic” I need the images in vogue and cosmopolitan “hote coture” I think it’s called.
No longer do I want to shoot in a studio with backdrops of black and white. Paying the owner £30 and hour to fill his studio time as he cannot fill it himself shooting classic nudes or family portraits.
More and more I will use the endless supply of backdrops with cliffs, urban street lights, seascapes with sunsets and any derelict building I can find.
The lighting will come from a Nikon SB18 (from the 1970s) speedlight on top of the camera and bounced off of a reflector positioned hope fully at an angle as to light the model.
My next shoot is planned for this weekend, Friday evening to be precise, I am hopeing to shoot the model in a bronze swimsuit on a headland near Falmouth with the setting sunset as the backdrop. “Not too may variables there then!” It looks like I may have got this right as well. The weather looks as if it will be sunny, the tide should be just high enough. But it could all go wrong at the last minute, so im not holding my breath as it’s only April.
We are shooting two sets the first is where im hopeing to get a contrast between hard jagged rock and the models skin. With the setting sun behind her the light should be nice and warm and I will bounce it back with a reflector. The second set she will be wearing a dark evening dress, shoes, bottle of champagne (empty! For health and safety reasons). Ill use bounced flash for this and should get some nice contrasting light.

Sunday 6th April
Well we didn’t shoot on Friday night because the cloud came over and it rained! We shot on Saturday instead but I only did that because the forecast for Sunday looked bad as well.
The model turned up at 5.30 sharp and the skies were still cloudy with broken sun, so light levels were up and down. This was going to be hard work,
I explained to the model what I was hoping to do. And as I need to set up she could wait till I was ready. I also explained that we might be waiting for the sun to play ball for a while and then it might be shoot, shoot, shoot!
The first set with the swimsuit went ok I got good light off her skin and her swimsuit and the rocks were pretty jagged and apparently pain full to lie on.
Next was the evening dress shot, by this time it was 7.15pm and the session of her in the swimsuit was taking its toll. She was not happy the cold had set in.
Now not only having to work with the weather I had an unhappy model to contend with.
7.25pm it all fell into place, the sun was hanging just above a cloudy horizon. A shaft of sunlight made its way to me across a cold blue sea and light the champagne glass held in a small shivering hand. Six weeks planning and e-mails mad made it to this next 15 seconds. And I so had to work the model to get the shots in.
Job done!



riprap007 17 1.6k 37 England
7 Apr 2009 2:35PM
interesting to hear of the amount of planning required

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