It is actually pretty surprising that Virginia Beach can get so cold. Usually when you picture such a city, you think warm sun, bikini’s and dairy queen ice cream on the sand. I mean.. the city has the word BEACH in it. Oh well..
December 23rd was a very chilly day – 13 degrees outside! – This photo shoot needed to be done and they needed to not look like ice cubes. If you just glance at the picture, you’ll probably think it was a cool fall day with the setting sun on a clear sky keeping the temperature just right. Looks are very deceiving here.
The location for this promo shoot was decided out of no where really. We saw a giant open field that looked like an abandoned farming ground and the sun was setting into it. The decision was kinda dramatic..
..”where the heck are we going to do this shoot?”
“No idea… … …. OH LOOK A GIANT FIELD! “*sharp right turn*
Shooting into the sun is always a challenge if you are looking for specific flare to give it the right touch. You can shoot a dozen of the same pictures with slight movements to change specific flare patterns and never get it right. Over 95% of the pictures I took were not recoverable due to the flare throwing yellow saturation on the jeans and shirts of the band members. The few that did come out, though, were awesome. Here is the one they will be using:
There were no signs for private property anywhere and no real homes around the giant chunk of land, so I thought we would be fine. I was, of course, wrong. 20 minutes into the shoot, a random farmer looking dude came up to us in a beat up truck with the most red-neck voice ever and said we have 5 minutes to get off the private property. I respect other peoples property and packed up immediately.. but really, I did not see a sign anywhere and it was just a wide open field right off the road. The joys of being an on-location photographer.
This was shot with 2 SB-900′s to the right and one 52” Elinchrom octa to the left. 16-35MM Nikkor lens.
Derrwood Trace is a local band who are releasing their CD this spring.