Saturday, September 25, 2010
I also brought my Olympus PEN E-PL1 camera to test it out and take some Behind-The-Scenes (BTS) video. We all set-up our gear and began firing off shots, moving from one place to another, but I just wasn't feeling the shoot. The dress really wasn't working for me, so we pressed on until Nikki asked if she could put on her new White dress she bought. We played more with some lights, but and got some interesting images, however; I just didn't feel like I captured any of my original vision. As an aside, I kept telling Nikki that if Darnah was here, I probably would have gotten the shots.
Have a backup plan of images I want to capture - I was so transfixed on specific looks that I most likely missed some opportunities for some killer shots.
What's on the schedule? I have a shoot in October with an "Agency-Signed" Model and then a shoot with Kelsey scheduled when we visit State College. Both should be fun and rewarding. Aside from shoots, I'll just take them one at a time and "That's A Wrap!!!"
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Back at the end of June, I received a Private Message on Model Mayhem from an Australian Model/Make-up Artist asking if I would be interested in working with her when she came to the States this Summer. Her name is Darnah and she said that she read my entire "About Me" section on Model Mayhem, which, at the end, states "P.S. If you read this far down, then "Heck Yeah!!! I'll work with You!!!" So I figured if Darnah did make it to the States, that either I wouldn't be available, or I'd still be stuck in my rut and I would cancel our shoot.
I arrived at Darnah's beach house and was greeted by her. The first thing I noticed were her piercing blue eyes and her high cheek bones. Hmmm... a model who looks like, well, a model. For you gentlemen, her Australian accent is really cool, too. I asked to do a test shoot by her window and after chimping at the LCD I got that urge to shoot. IMHO, Darnah is a cross between Christy Turlington and Evangeline Lilly, but with blue eyes.
For a majority of the shots in the hotel room I used my SB-900 in the Brolly and a reflector. The settings I tend to use are +1.0 E/V on the SB-900 and -0.3 E/V to - 0.7 E/V on the D700 and shoot at 1/60 shutter. I leave the speedlights on TTL mode, but shoot in Manual. The first two shots I posted at the top of this entry were done with the SB-900 as the key and a bare flash SB-600 at +2.0 E/V as the accent light pointed at the camera to create lens flare.
Darnah leaves in October, so I'm hoping we get to shoot once more before she goes Down Under. Oh, thanks Brian for helping out and playing Down Under by Men At Work on your iPhone and Matt for being the "Best Boy" during the shoot.
September I have a "Trash the Dress" shoot with my Junkyard Jane model Nikki, so stay tuned and "That's A Wrap!!!"