“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.” – Alice Walker (The Color Purple)
Making it downtown was an experience. It was a bleak day, drizzling slightly and there were threats of rain. Despite all that I packed my camera, a couple lenses and headed out.
As an aside – I shot with my 24-70 and Nikon 70-200 2.8 lenses. This is unusual for me because I shoot mainly with prime and only reluctantly pull out the zooms. However, I carried these because I was not sure about the area and how much space I would have to zoom with my feet. I was also concerned that I might need a lot of flexibility if it was a faced paced shoot. Lastly if the weather was bad I didn’t want to be changing lenses on a windy rainy day.
I got to the location on time (which was one hour before everyone else) and walked around a bit and waited for the rest of the team to show up. Despite the shaky start to the day it was well worth the wait. Almost immediately I got a great vibe from the crew. This was a really energetic and dynamic group of young entrepreneurs being braver than I ever was at that age. The models, photographers, business owners had an easy charisma that just makes for a fun shoot.
I’d been shooting mainly in studio and was not sure about handling the ever changing and unpredictable natural light settings. But I kept a couple key ideas in mind.
- Watch for the light carefully and look at the shadows.
- Pick backgrounds that don’t distract from the subject.
- Try to pay attention to the rules of composition with foreground middle-ground and background.
We were politely reminded that a permit was required for the fist location so we moved to another location. However we got a couple good shots done before we left.
Would have stayed longer, but had to get back home. Look forward to the next one.