There have been times where I have this amazing thought of shooting sunset shots.. the perfect light for the perfect costume. When the sun is super orange, low enough to light the eyes and add great ranges to skin tones.. All of that which I planned for these shots.. and did not happen.
Instead, the sun is gone.. the sky is getting that dark blue cover.. and it becomes that light in which cameras have difficulty focusing in… Now THAT was this situation.
I refused to accept the fact. I threw down all my lights and played god for a few moments – “SUN DOESNT WANT TO COOPERATE.. I SHALL CREATTEEEE ONE” – and so I did. I lit the background with a full CTO and a 1/2 CTO. I then had a 1/2 CTO gridded onto the lovely Mel from windofthestars (you can find her here: https://www.facebook.com/WindofthestarsCosplay) – for a really lovely “sunset” effect on her right side. I needed to also mix it with a standard strobe color to give it some color balancing and shape..
The results made me a happy camper. It took me quite a bit of maneuvering and changing of angles and light control, but when I took the shot, I got that rush of excitement knowing my time has paid off. Some of my favorite imagery of the year.
So here is a small pointer – don’t have a sunset? MAKE ONE!
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