There’s cold and there’s ‘oh my god that’s COLD!’
Tonight was one of those nights. But we battled on and in Phils words “I really enjoyed it.” To be honest so did I. We knew it was going to be cold but had no idea the fog was going to roll in as well. And that gave me some cool photo ideas!
Phil approached me asking for some new and different images for his portfolio. We started off on the roof top of the CATS building in Cambridge. It was a last minute decision as I could see the sun setting and looked for the tallest building in the area and asked the desk if we could go up and amazingly they said yes! Thanks Damien 🙂
The rest of the shoot was in the east of Cambridge and it was really foggy by the time we finished and bloody freezing!
The above and below left images were lit with a 20″ shoot through umbrella and a Canon 550EX speedlight.
Below right: Backlit with Canon 550EX, and no that’s not his ears on fire, its him exhaling from his nose and the backlit flash lighting it up.
Below: Elinchrom Quadra with 28″ Westcott softbox to camera left at around 1/8 power. The light behind (just visable behind Phil’s left ear) was a tungsten light from the tunnel. I turned it into B&W, upped the contrast and re-cropped the frame with negative space to the left.
Below: Backlit again with Canon 550EX speedlight. Shot wide open with 85mm/1.2 @1.8 to allow ambient to light Phil’s face.
Below 2 photos: Elinchrom Quadra with 21cm reflector behind Phil for rim light (B channel). Fill light in front of Phil (A channel) with 20 deg grid down on the floor pointing up towards the top part of his body and face.
Below: Same as above but fill light killed.