For this shoot I was approached by the model and fashion stylist. The brief was pretty simple; she had a sparkled gold dress and a spirithood. The original location for this was to be an old abandoned service station. But, those of you who are living in Australia you will know that we have had the most unreliable of weather for the past few months. On the day of the shoot it was raining, so we went to plan B. This was to use and old railway tunnel that had been converted into a cycleway. I had always wanted to shoot there but the opportunity had yet to present itself.
The one thing i did know about the tunnel was that it had those dirty orange lights. I decided that I would use some CTO gels to try and correct this. I also knew that i wanted to get the trailing off of the lights in the background so using a wide open f stop gave me that effect and also bumped up my shutter speed. Whilst waiting for the model and team i found i was missing some of the vital equipment to use my Alienbees. So i just took down a couple of hotshoe flashes, an umbrella, small softbox and a boom stand.
We went through to the eastern end of the tunnel to start the shoot. The stylist wanted a ‘fashion’ inspired shoot. So we just started by standing her in the tunnel and doing a couple of test exposures. Here I set my ISO to 1600, which when at f2.8 would give me 1/125 exposure on the tunnel and the dirty orange lights on the roof lights. The light setup was on of the most simple i have used for months. It ended up being a single YN565ex with a full CTO Gel on it into a 50cm X 50cm softbox. I had the stylist hold the boom for me and we tried to keep it as high up as possible. From a “settings” point of view, all I did was dailt the flash power up and down, depending on where i put the light relative to the model. Most of the time it was 1/16- 1/4.
In retrospect I would have liked add another 1/2 CTO gel on her just to get rid of a little more orange from the image. In addition on some of the images where she is looking up I would have liked to have add more fill, maybe a shoot thru umbrella. The biggest issue with these ideas is the location. It is a VERY busy cycleway and setting up lots of lights is not really an option.
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