After meeting the client and sharing a few coffees our session was booked, Friday afternoon at 345pm till Sundown. Being the professional that I am, I thought I had better lockdown my primary location with a scout, while I was there I threw an ad hoc light test in for good measure.

Tuesday:

Glorious afternoon and not a cloud in sight. You couldn't ask for a more perfect afternoon. Rainbow grad to the East, Deeply saturated orange-to-blue in the West. All boxes were ticked.

Wednesday:

Sunny, However the location was 'CLOSED DUE TO WILDFIRE'. Eeeeek, frantically made a ton of calls to various counsel departments and finally managed to track down a ranger who assured us it would be open by friday. 

Thursday:

Sunny so why not pop out for an afternoon light test to gauge which Gels to use to maintain skin tone integrity. More on that in a later post. 

Friday Morning:

Sunny

Friday afternoon?

Freaking overcast.
There goes the glorious sunset that I was hoping to use for my backdrop, all those beautiful saturated tones and natural rim light. But I guess that's par for the course. As a creative you adapt and make it work.

This session engagement session included photographic prints as well as a short film. I was anxious to shoot stills and motion at the same time, mainly because I was rolling as a 1-Man-Crew. Throw in shooting on location, switching from stills on my 5D to video on a 60D, as we'll as having to calibrate my multi-copter at each location and you have one complicated engagement session (not to mention the manual focus lenses I prefer). My saving grace was having my pregnant wife assisting on the day. With all of that said, when it was all over we got some great images and a beautiful short piece.

As always, I'd change a few things when I do it next time but I loved the experience with this beautiful couple and the results were awesome.


Gear:
Canon 5D II
Canon 60D
GoPro 3+ Black 
DJI Phantom II
Pentacon 135mm ƒ2.8 
Sigma 28 mini wide ƒ2.8 Canon 85mm ƒ1.8

Post:
Adobe CC
13” MacBook Pro Retina
Grading in Prem CC (Speedgrade Crashed)

 

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