1. I shot this frame on the beach at Ladye Bay in Clevedon. I was looking out to sea and had a home made diffusion filter on my 100mm lens. The exposure was right off the scale in my viewfinder. Probably plus 4 stops. Interestingly you have to shoot a Canon 5D2 in Manual mode to achieve this.
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Every month I have at least one test shoot where I can try out new ideas, new models and develop my photographic skills without a risk of failure or having to stick to a tight brief. A few weeks back I was fortunate enough to have a day of shooting with former Evolvers Chris & Claire Hanley. Chris suggested a pier shoot and Blaise my PA set about getting the various permisions etc. The plan was to have a leisurely shoot on the pier, a pub lunch and a beach shoot to finish the day. Here are my pictures:
2. We started our shooting on the Victorian pier. We were being blown by a constant chilly wind on an otherwise sunny day. This was my first frame taken on my Canon 5D IR camera.
Model & Stylist: Sarah Beesley
Make up: Vicky Waghorn
Assistant and guest shooter: Cat Hepple (an Evolve 3 delegate)
Sparring Partner: Chris Hanley assisted by Claire Hanley
I started the session with my infra red converted 5D camera to further explore how it responds to sunlight and portraiture. I know very well how it works with foliage and grass but I think there is a further use of the infra red camera I have yet to discover. It will probably be interior etherial portraits, but that is for another test shoot.
3. The slatted peir deck had iPhone 4 sized slots with a big drop to the ebbing river Severn tide below.
4. It was windy. The infra red camera bleached Sarah's dark red lipstick.
5. Chris set this shot up with a Nikon Speedlight with a full orange gel on a Gemini bracket so I parked a Canon Speedlight in the spare slot alongside it with a similar gel.
6. I just used sunlight for this shot.
7. By changing position the flag went from left of frame to right of frame.
8. I found some shade for Sarah and lit her with a single Speedlight to simulate the naural light shot above.
9. This frame was lit with sunlight and I reduced the exposure to create this low key look in camera.
10. The pier has many cast iron railings and features. I used one Speedlight to light Sarah.
11. With the super effecient flash timing of the Pocket Wizard TTL system it is easily posable to compete with the sun and create dramatic pictures. Marko chose to be led by my 10,000k in camera white balance setting and give this shot a warm look.
12. I used 2 Speedlights on my Gemini for this shot. Using 2 Speedlights greatly reduces the flash recycle time.
13. Another picture set up by Chris.I grabbed some natural light shots while Sarah demonstrated her pole swinging skills.
14. I then shot a sequence of frames through some glass to reduce the contrast and change the mood.
16. Sometimes it's nice to let wind and hair do their own thing. I used a low viewpoint to add drama to Sarah's look.
Feeling thoroughly windswept we headed straight for the Moon & Sixpence pub for a spot of lunch before negotiating the 5 minute drive to the beach.
19. A high viewpoint challenges Sarah's determined look.
20. Hazy sunlight gifted us some effortless pictures.
21. We warmed up our shots in camera to release the colours in the rock.
22. Shooting into the light is where I feel most comfortable. I love the bokeh from my 100mm lens too.
25. The rocks and boulders at Clevedon are fabulous compositional elements.
26. This last frame is quite a departure from the rest and utilises a pair of Speedlights on a Gemini bracket.
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