01. Both of these shots were lit with a pair of Nikon SB900 Speedlights firing into a 105cm silver parabolic umbrella mounted in a Lovegrove Gemini bracket on a Lastolite Jupiter stand. It’s my usual street kit for non windy days. Unfortunately it was windy and I could have done with a 50cm brolly instead.
Munich is colourful and vibrant when the sun is out. Radmila and I went to Starbucks for 10am in the centre of town to meet up with Julia, our model for the day. After warming up over coffee we exited the cafe by the back door and ventured into the park. Within seconds we were shooting. Here is a selection of the images I shot on my trusty Fuji X100
02. The Speedlight set up lifted Julia and gave her a radiant glow on what was a very cold dull day at this time.
03. It was too cold for Julia to take her coat off at the start of shooting but the day soon warmed up and so did we. I love Julia’s beautiful, cute look. Radmila kept saying “you have such perfect teeth” and that made us laugh. We had fun despite the cold.
04. Columns and arches are everywhere in Munich. This gives me plenty of locations to take delegates if it is raining. After all, this was a recce shoot for a street fashion workshop.
05. I struggled to get the flash ambient balance right for the shot on the left but finally I settled on this mix. The shots on the right are just delightful and lit with natural light. I love shooting into the light and the X100 lens is fabulous at rejecting flare.
06. When shooting portraits with the X100 (with it’s fixed 35mm eqv lens) I have to ensure I don’t get too close. These are on the limit and are really better suited to a 50mm eqv lens like the 35mm f/1.4 on my Fuji X-Pro1.
07. Rather than faff around with carving blocks of stone for these buildings a few decorators popped in and painted the façades instead. (Natural light)
My X100 settings for this shoot:
ISO 200, f/2 with a suitable shutter speed required to expose the scene as I wanted. I then added flash to taste. The X100 has an in lens shutter so I tend to use 1/60th – 1/1000 second as required.
08. Munich was empty for us. I don’t know where everyone was but I was quite happy shooting in what looked like a large film set.
09. Every now and then a group of tourists cluttered our backgrounds but really, I could cope with this. I spent many moments lying or kneeling on the cobbles. Radmila picked up a model shoot from a passing local right here. It’s being out and about shooting that gets the business, not sat in front of a computer.
10. Here are a few sunlit portraits from our mini shoot session. The Fuji X100 pictures look fab straight out of camera. I’ve not had to adjust the colour balance on these at all. I whizzed them through Lightroom and here they are.
11. A bit more of the abandoned film set. The fountains were off because of freezing temperatures at night but in the summer this fountain must be spectacular.
12. A splash of direct flash from my Gemini set up lit Julia beautifully. I needed both Speedlights on full power so I could cut the ambient exposure sufficiently. The whole scene including the background building is in full sun.
13. After a fabulous lunch amongst the business elite of Munich we found it hard to get going again so we shot for another twenty minutes or so and called it a wrap.
14. We love you Julia. You are beautiful and fun.
If you would like to join me on a fully styled street shoot in Munich later in the year when it is a bit warmer, please email Laura.
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