last week was the first day of spring. I’m so sick of the cold and of sitting indoors all the time. So as the weather is getting much better now and this is long overdue, I decided to go outside for this weeks picture. I hope that I we will see a lot more outdoor pics from now on.
A few weeks ago, I found this great old army box in the basement of my grandma. I’m not sure how old it is and where it comes from. But it looked so great resting there in the corner, full of cobwebs and with it’s cracked and broken paint. I just had to claim it for one of my Project 52s picture. The idea for the picture was not so hard to come up with from there on. As I wanted to use my strobe gels for some time now, I decided that this would be the best opportunity to make such a nice yellow “Pulp Fiction” like glow out of the box. Originally it was planned as a self portrait. But in the last minute, my mate Dan decided to help out as model. So I grabbed my stuff and we headed to the forest. The picture I had on my mind, was a treasure hunter, digging out the mysterious box in the middle of the night. It sometimes scares me a little bit, how easy it is to change the time of day with the camera. As we shot this in the bright daylight, I had the fear, that it won’t look like night in the final picture. But with just a little turn on the exposure wheel you can change the feeling of the whole picture. The first shots we did were a lot brighter than the one you can see right now. But after playing around a little bit, I found the right settings to get this darkish, high contrast feel.
I used my usual 3 strobe setup. At first, I put the main light on cam right through an umbrella, slightly higher than the model to light the whole scene. The second strobe was on cam left behind Dan through my striplight, to light his backside and to get these shadows on him. As this turned out a little too bright for my taste, I switched the settings of the first and second strobe, which made the second strobe the mainlight. This gave the whole scene a lot more contrast and focused the light much more on the model. Finally I put the third strobe in the box, with a nice yellow gel, to get the box to glow and put the yellow highlight on Dan’s face.
So long – Florian