A classic Lovegrove shot started the shoot on Tuesday. Eleanor was back lit with hazy sunlight and I rigged a Speedlight vertically on a stand to provide the key. I shot this frame from below the eyeline with a 20mm lens on my Canon 5D mk2. Costa, our start of the day rendezvous point is on the left in the background. Bristol architecture makes a striking backdrop for an urban shoot.
Better weather and some Costa cappuccino gave us a great start to our shooting day on Tuesday. The variety of photographic opportunities available on the streets is fantastic.
A gloss painted piece of shuttering plywood was too good to miss as a background for this on camera flash picture.
A low viewpoint and some interesting louvers gives this picture it's simple appeal. I chose a tight crop to the top of the frame to add some tension to the composition.
Cafe lighting was all I used for the next few pictures. We all shot on manual to let us use extreme background tonal values without faffing with varying exposure compensation.
I guess we would have needed plus 3 or 4 stops of exposure compensation to have captured this frame using aperture priority. I love the highlight flare, it is really in vogue at the moment.
Simple bar lights out of focus make a great background. Shooting into the shadowed side of Eleanor's face is one of the elements that make this shot work. The hair light on the left is from another window.
Back out on the street, it was time for a zoomed on camera Speedlight shot. Marko used a very narrow colour gamut when he post produced this photograph.
Here is the same graffiti as I used as a background on Monday's shoot. This time I used two Speedlights on stands, one as a backlight and one as a key light and I chose to use a wider framing to include the signature text. The extra lighting effort at the taking stage really pays off and I love the result we got from the ST-E2 triggered Speedlights.
The railway sleepers were dry on Tuesday so we could take a series of shots like this. Natural light, a 200mm lens and the sun as a backlight are the vital ingredients for this shot.
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Please feel free to comment on my pictures and techniques used. – Damien.