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.