I’m Back!

I’m back! Sorry I’ve been gone so long. I as you can see from my previous post I was cooped up for about a month with a “bum” knee, then I was having server issues and the site was down for about a week… All of that’s behind me now and I’ve been out shooting like mad! I’ve been Shooting commercial, weddings, portraits… A little bit of everything! The shot above was done for David Hobby’s Strobist BootCamp 3 Contest. It’s a shot of Union Terminal in Cincinnati and I’ve outlined some of the “how to” and more importantly the thought process of how I came to the final image below.

 

The first thing that I did when I got there was determine what exposure I needed to make the lights on the building look good. I setup my tripod (because I knew that I’d be working in low light) and started adjusting. I knew that I wanted as “clean” of an image as possible so I set my ISO to 200. I also knew that I wanted a fairly wide aperture to allow the most “bang for my buck” out of my small flash units. I then put my Sb-700 on a stand to the left of the fountain set on Manual 1/1 triggered by a pocket wizard. This lit the water really nicely. I then moved to the foreground to start that lighting process. I had a few out takes of things that didn’t work so I’ll show you those and my thought process.

 

 

This shot was my attempt to rake the light across the bushes from the right. As you can see it was way too hot on the right bush so I scrapped that idea pretty quickly.

This shot was my experimentation of lighting the center. As you can see, the light was way too “hot” and not spread near enough so I decided to back it off to above my head on a stand and feather it up to spread the light more evenly over the scene.  You can see that shot here:

 

Once I had my foreground, background, and fountain set, all I had to do was wait for the ambient sky to drop. to the level that I needed providing the shot at the top of the post. This was good enough to get me into the finalists of the Bootcamp3 Assignment 3. In the end, I didn’t win. This beautiful shot won, and rightfully so.  I hope you enjoy this photograph, and the thought process for shooting it. See you again really soon with some more shots that I’ve done in the not to distant past. Jason