Shoot: Emily & Mike. Engaged.
Sunday, January 29, 2012 4:18PM
Pin It


I'll resist the urge to say how brisk it was today at the Briski family farm. Or I won't. Either way it was, and brisk I mean bloody freezing. After a while on the tundra that was a field, we warmed up in dad's workshop to the alternate strains of heavy rock and classical music, before heading into the barn for a roll in the hay while Wilson hunted cats interminably... between freely flowing noses, hand-warming arm pits and frozen foreheads however, Emily & Mike performed admirably, and I'm sure when hypothermia isn't on the cards they'll look even better when you see them next...

Emily & Mike. Engaged. from Steve Bowman on Vimeo.

 


Not kidding about that wind. We'll just say it was a great day to have a 8lb beauty dish rather than a soft box. In addition we had noon-day sun and very open areas to work with. Not being familiar once again with the location as it was Emily's family farm, it's always a bit of a stress to pick out the halfdozen locations to hit across the session.

We started in a small copse of trees after a cold walk across the fields, and though it mercifully cut the wind, working inside thickets is tough as once again I'm relying on the tele to thin the DoF. Any wider shots either looked very messy with the background of bare branches, or they had to be the tight portraits. That said, it gave Emily & Mike some time to settle in with some basic arrangments.

You can only do so much though, and the signature landscape shots still had to be taken. Though I was blessed with an open clean field and the first clouds I've literally had since November, the sun was strong at 12:30pm. Using it as the back light, I had to stop way down out of my usual range (f18 for this one) to get the sky where I wanted it without blowing it out, and though the BD is good for over-powering the sun from a few feet, you just can't get the power when you have to back off for a wide landscape shot like the one above. Eventually I got it where I wanted it and knew I could balance it all out in post though. I just felt bad for those guys having to stand in single-digit windchills...

After a warm up we found some great textures around the barn which really spread out the look, to fold it all together and give some variation. As with any cold weather work, the real problem in PP was handling the reddening skin tones. Maybe I'll save that for another post..