Last weekend I did a casual shoot with Natasha to finally get back into shooting mode after tapping out for a few months. As you might have realized it has been quiet around here: I needed to make some tough decisions on how to move forward and what to focus on and that required me to put down my camera for a while, which ultimately lead to a dry up on posts here as well as my queue slowly emptied.
As part of my decision process I have been traveling a lot and my only tool has been my iPhone. I am still quite surprised what you can get out of it under the right conditions – I will talk about this elsewhere.
It was nice to get back into shooting mode though, especially with all my travel coming up, where I have to perform no matter what: all those pesky philosophical meditations are for the winter. We shot in Grant Park close to Octane and Oakland Cemetery. I (still) don’t like shooting around a lot of “green” as I find it really hard to control it in an acceptable way – I am more the subdued colors type. So I tried to stay away from all the lush vegetation.
The shooting was really nice and relaxed and Natasha really knew the game – not unexpected given her extensive experience (she was e.g., in the Delta ads). The light was quite unpredictable that day and I was happy to have my Lumu light meter with me (very impressed with it – put it on your iPhone and you are good to go). I shot mostly in open shades as I really like the flatter, low contrast look. Also, note the cool prob: Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” – shooting with style.
Exposure: (around) 1/400s f/2.8 at ISO 200 (digital)
Lights: Natural light only.
Great pics and post. I hear you about addressing the issues causing you to pause…I just went through it. It was tough but I’m really glad to be back now. I hope the same for you. 🙂
thanks a lot! yes – i guess i am back now 😉
Love this photo’s, don’t know Lumu but go check it out.
thanks! Lumu is a very cool light meter for the iPhone. I use it quite a bit when shooting film (but works also great with digital)
Just googelt and found it out 😄 good to know it realy works thanks.
yes – it actually works very well. In fact there have been some tests showing that it is very accurate compared to other light meters
Thanks a lot!
Thanks – has been a while!!
Nice shots Terence !
Do you think the light exposure is a bit more on the faces in the first two pictures?
Sorry , first and last pictures are great ! I mean light ( over ) exposure in the second and third pictures !
Yes agreed – the exposure is off!! In fact I believe it is not so much the exposure but the extremely flat light that removed all contours and structure: an issue I have run into a couple of times, when not using a reflector or flash. Even the raws that are -0.75 EV compared to the ones here are very flat. I should say used a light or reflector!
Beautiful shoots! Just amazing Terence….
Good to knw tht u r back now….
Keep your spirits high!
U will shine as bright as The sun…
Ur shoots are different frm the rest…felt like writing here…So, keep up the good work…
thanks a lot! very kind – I am hope to be posting more regularly again!