Over this past few weeks, I have been planning around another awesome shoot with John and Indra AKA FantasyNinja(facebook) as a Demon Hunter from Diablo 3. What better area to do a photoshoot than an actual graveyard? Not just any graveyard – this was the Oakland Cemetery historic area of Atlanta – a HUGE graveyard created in the 1800′s and is now a historic resting place for many famous people of our past.
The towering sculptures and gorgeous mausoleums was an eye opener when it came to choosing a location for this costume – the only pain was to actually get a city permit to do so. Atlanta is pretty famous for being a complete pain in the ass to legally photograph at public sites. The process was pretty simple – I had to fill out dozens of pages and waivers and it had to be approved by some historic keeper of the city. It only took about a week for it all to get processed and surprisingly, it was relatively worry free.
It was 96 degrees outside.. in Atlanta humidity.. in the month of July – need I say more?
I was sweating like a bandit – and John and Indra were drenched in their fully clothed costumes. Underneath the armor was some pretty heavy fabrics and there was no way i would be wearing it in that weather.
There really wasn’t “a shot” i was looking for going into this. I normally have an idea or a general picture in my thoughts and try to accomplish it during the shoot. This one, I purposely did not look up other cosplay pictures or artworks and tried to just get inspired by the location only. I won’t lie – I struggled with the weather and weird angles that I thought could work.. but ended up being duds.
This shoot was primarily shot with 3 lights – 2 side and 1 very soft fill from the front. I learned a big lesson that day – always bring my strip box egg crate grids!! – I was having so many flare problems, it drove me batshit crazy. Light from my back strips kept hitting my lens and destroyed a lot of pictures. I didn’t think I would need them and only had a few hours at the location so I didn’t put them on – big mistake.
Thanks to the giant flexible hood I had on, I was able to compensate and add a little extra hooding to the sides as i changed positions – sometimes it got in frame.. so I knew it would just take a small crop.
This shoot was a TON of fun to do regardless of almost dieing in the heat.. my jaw hit the floor when I got home to see what I got out of it. I felt so miserable outside that I had no idea how they turned out until it initially hit my adobe bridge.
Excited to get outside and try some location shooting for once in the past 4-5 months. I honestly cannot wait till it gets just a little cooler so I can do more
Thanks to the HUGE talent of Indra and John and their amazing armor and props that made this shoot absolutely incredible for me!
more to come…