Hello Cyber traveler,
as my summer vacation is getting closer and closer now, I’m slowly getting a bit excited. It’s just 3 ½ more weeks now until I will fly over the big pond again. Last week, I finally managed booked my Hotel in NYC. I’ve never been to the US east coast before and I’m so looking forward to see NY, Boston and especially the New England states. Unfortunately it’ll be a bit too early for indian summer, but hey, you can’t have everything, right ;-). I already made a kind of checklist of themes I want to shoot for background pictures for composites. As I already mentioned in one of my last posts, I don’t like the idea of using stock pictures or pictures of other people for composites, even though, it can’t be avoided sometimes. So now I’ll have the chance to shoot some skylines and dark back alleys for myself. Yes, of course we also have back alleys here in Germany, but the houses look way different than in the US and skyscrapers are pretty scarce. Also, this will be my first vacation this year! I just had one week in March, but that was basically remaining vacation from last year, so it doesn’t count. And to be honest, I feel like I could use some vacation. So maybe you get why I’m excited ;-).
Originally I wanted to take the picture yesterday night. But I went to the Tollwood festival in munich yesterday evening and just came back far too late to go out shooting. So the light was far from optimal when we headed out today. This picture is actually no composition. I thought about using a stock picture as background and then just shoot Marie in my basement, but as I couldn’t find the right picture in my database (and again, I don’t like using stock pics), I decided to head out and directly shoot this on location. This also had the advantage, that I didn’t have to do any masking ;-). So we headed out in the brightest of afternoon sun (it was like 30°C and flawlessly blue sky today) to go looking for the perfect location. Thank god we didn’t have to walk so far to find a nice cosy little spot. Just as we started shooting, an old man and his dog came walking along the path. The dog was apparently pretty startled that some strange people with weird looking equipment were camping along his path. We could see the horror in it’s eyes as he tried to decide which path he could take, without coming close to Marie or me. It took him almost 3 minutes until he decided that it will be more dangerous to be left alone in the woods. So he summoned all his courage and darted past us as fast as he could.
I used a 2 strobe light setup for this one. One strobe through an umbrella at 04:00 pumped up to full power in a futile attempt to blow out the sunlight a little bit. The second strobe through a softbox at 10:30 to lighten up the cloth a little more and to make a tiny bit of rim light.
So long – Florian