Friday, September 5, 2014


Time seems to pass quickly the older I get and it's hard to believe that we are 2/3rds of the way through 2014.   In June I decided to shoot at least once a month for the remainder of the year, but as I've written previously, Summer is a difficult time to shoot in the Central Valley.   The temperature hovers around 100 degrees and the only wind is created by the numerous dirt devils meandering across the arid landscapes.


Jessica happened to be visiting family in Hanford and was free to shoot on Labor Day. Eleven months have lapsed since we last collaborated. With a majority of the models that I photograph more than once, we picked up right where we left off.  Quick conversations about wardrobe, makeup and hair are decided two days prior to the shoot and then during the shoot a multitude of topics and opinions are shared.



For this shoot I brought my 1-stop scrim, SB-900, Apollo Orb modifier and reflector. I also packed a roll of CINE200 and Ilford XP2 Super 400 film. The forecast was 98 degrees and we would start at 11:30 AM.  After 25 minutes on the road, we pulled up to the locale.  The gates were wide open and not a single No Trespassing sign in sight.


The first series was shot in my FIAT 500 Abarth.  The light was everywhere and harsh, so I draped my scrim over the side windows to diffuse the light coming into the car.


The fifth image above was taken around 12:30 with no light modifiers, except for the concrete acting as a huge fill card.


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We moved between direct and indirect light and then after an hour packed up and headed back into town. Jessica took me to a mature Walnut Grove, which in itself is a challenge due to the dappled light.  We spent about 45 minutes shooting, but by that time the temperature was close to 100. I realized I hadn't shot any film, but it was too hot to go back out into the sun.  At least Jessica will be moving back to Hanford within a few months, so we will shoot film another time.


3 o'clock

On occasion I have a shoot where I didn't learn something new, or faced a challenge that couldn't be addressed on the spot. They are few and far in between.


It was a blast, as always, Jess!!!

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Location:Hanford, CA