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1. Mischkah Scott in the countryside near Volterra captured on the GF 110mm lens at f/2. I used a tripod for almost all of the shots in this post including these. A tripod allows me to set the composition precisely then I can concentrate on directing the action and generating rapport.
Camera: Fujifilm GFX50s
Lenses: 32-64mm f/4 zoom and 110mm f/2 prime
Lighting: Natural light plus Godox AD200 and AD600 units
Film simulations: Pro Negative S and Acros G
2. Mischkah Scott is in the stable block of an abandoned villa tucked well out of sight in a secluded valley near Volterra. Both of these shots were taken with natural, available light with Mischkah standing in the same place. A big part of this workshop is about lighting control.
This first workshop location is a 400m walk from a bumpy gravel track the locals call a road. These hard to find locations are often full of wonderful textures and muted tones. It takes a lot of planning, searching and a bit of local knowledge to find the best shoot spots in Tuscany and it’s a skill I’ve honed over recent years. I’ve fallen in love with Tuscany and I am going to add a 7 day Tuscany adventure next year to this already popular 3 day workshop. The adventure will continue further South for a couple shoot on the Streets of Siena and then three days of landscape shooting.
3. Four hundred and twenty years ago Caravaggio painted in warm tones with very narrow colour gamuts. Not a lot has changed. I love to isolate colours and to keep the backgrounds dark. The shot on the left: ISO 1600, f/4 at 1/15th second using the 32-64mm zoom lens. The shot on the right was lit with a Godox AD200 fitted with a small gridded soft box to simulate the light from the window. There was already window light in that room but I wanted to boost it by two stops.
I like to be led by what’s already there or to create the light from imaginary windows where none exist but could logically be present.
4. A minimalist composition and a splash of flash outside the building aimed back through the window to light Mischkah worked wonders for this shot on the left. The sun gave the shot some magic reality too. The shot on the right is a lovely dappled scene in the morning light coming through nearby olive trees.
We all were shooting with a freedom and a creative spirit. It was lovely to see the photographers on this workshop taking the initiative at times and producing their own rendition of these scenes using natural light and occasionally repositioning the flash to add more drama.
5. Mischkah’s red dress caused a stir on the streets of Volterra. We had quite a gathering of locals watching us as we created some fun moments. The shot top right was lit with a Godox AD200 tucked away behind a pillar.
Italy is relaxed, laid back and very accommodating. We are able to rig lighting stands, tripods and other paraphernalia without being asked to move on and I find it so refreshing.
6. The stone is ancient, the warmth embracing and the light exciting. The hilltop towns of Tuscany are magical places often with a Gelateria too. What’s not to like. These two shots are lit with the ambient light. ISO 1250, f/4 at 1/15th second using the 32-64mm lens.
7. Glancing afternoon light picks out the grasses dancing in the breeze.
8. The view from our Villa in the evening is wonderful. There were taken from the terrace where we have our pre dinner drinks.
I love the colours, the heat, the smell of the thyme, sage and oregano as I crash through the undergrowth. Late summer in Tuscany is a magical time. Mists hang in the valleys in the morning and the golden light at dusk caresses the hills.
9. “Lost in my thoughts”. 110mm lens at f/2
10. Calmness and serenity with a muted colour palette in late afternoon hazy light.
11. We were shooting among the olive trees at the villa when this kitten came to say hello. I just love the curl of her tail.
12. Part of my syllabus for this event is to introduce flash as a light source in daylight. Here I used a couple of Godox AD200 units triggered by a X-1TF. I love how the texture on the wall of the villa (right) comes alive with punchy flash.
13. The shot on the right was taken at ISO 5000, f/4 at 1/60th second using the 32-64mm zoom lens with the camera on a tripod. With the Fujifilm GFX there is no need to fear shooting at high ISO.
The workshop ended with a boudoir shoot at the villa followed by a farewell dinner. In the three full days of shooting we had photographed a lot of genres in a wide variety of locations. We spent time off the beaten track and witnessed some fabulous sunsets.
If you would like to join me in Tuscany in 2018 as part of my 7 day adventure tour of Tuscany please visit this page for the schedule, dates and prices. We will be shooting portraits and landscapes in the most wonderful locations.
I am running a 3 day intensive workshop in Tuscany too, just like the one featured here. Please visit this page for the schedule, dates and prices.
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