Monday’s shoot in Bristol ~ Pictures

Apr 24, 2009 | Flash, Location | 2 comments

This time of year the dappled light is just fantastic. The leaves are small and the patterns they create on walls and other surfaces make striking shots.

This shot of Lisa

This shot of Lisa is typical of the frames we were shooting. Nikon D200, 24-70mm f/2.8

I was training a couple of Nikon wielding photographers so I borrowed Julie’s D200 for the day. Apart from a bit of exposure variation between frames in manual mode I felt quite at home with a Nikon in my hand.

I've started looking for scale impact in pictures lately. The lack of permanance apeals to me too.

I've been seeking out pictures that have exaggerated scale in the composition lately. I'm also drawn to the lack of permanence in the backdrop.

I love a kick light with a soft key combination. This picture, taken in a cafe using natural light has been given a timeless look by Marko.

I love a kick light with a soft key combination. This picture, taken in a cafe using natural light has been given a timeless look by Marko.

Luke joined us for the afternoon and we shot a few frames with both Luke and Lisa together.

This very simple picture taken at f/4 relies on an emotional tension to work. This frame is straight from camera. There is a tendency to over post produce images at the moment. We are guilty of that too, and sometimes its refreshing to see a straight picture for once.

This very simple picture taken with the 70-200mm f/2.8 VR lens at f/4 relies on an emotional tension to work. This frame is straight from camera. There is a tendency to over post produce images at the moment. We are guilty of that too, and sometimes its refreshing to see a straight picture for once.

I couldn't resist this dapple

I couldn't resist this dapple. I needed a bit more tension in Luke's look but the pattern created by the sunlight through the leaves is great. The sun is at the same elevation as it is in August at the moment so it can create some strikingly intense contrast.

I found grafitti in Cork and I've got some in Bristol too. I lit this frame with an SB-800 on camera zoomed into 105mm and panned slightly to the right.

I found graffiti in Cork and I've got some in Bristol too. I lit this frame with an SB-800 on camera zoomed into 105mm and panned slightly to the right.

My delegates wanted a bit of wild and Lisa obliged

My delegates wanted a bit of wild fun to go with the backdrop. Lisa and Luke obliged. The sun provided the kick light while my on camera SB-800 gave the shot some punch.

It’s great to see the sun out again and to have the air a bit warmer. My street shooting resumes in earnest on Monday with my first Urban Portraits workshop of the season. There are still places left on my Bristol workshop on the 25th June or why not come and join me in Sienna in October.

Please feel free to comment on the pictures and techniques.

2 Comments

  1. damien

    Thanks Ziggy,

    If you think 19 months is tough just wait for the terrible 2’s :)

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  2. Ziggy

    Third shot of Lisa is a killer. Wouldn’t look out of place in a major advertising campaign. Have been trying some similar shots myself with my daughter. Do you remember trying to direct a 19 month old?

    Great mix of images. I am enthused.

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