After a couple of days to process through in my head what happened on shoot day (Saturday) I have finally come to the point where I can be happy for the oportunity to learn from my mistake. While still spending countless hours trying to fix images that are unlikely fixable I have processed most of the stages of greif.
1 Denial – everything is fine. That will work I can fix it in post :p
2 Anger – at circumstance (light weather etc.) At myself. At my gear. At the unknown factors of fate that failed to align for that magical moment…
3 Bargaining – maybe I can take it again. I dont have to publish this month. If only I had more lights…
4 Depression – which I will call sadness in this case cause really my life is pretty full of rejoicing so having a bad shoot can’t really lead to the deep depression of grief for me. But still I was feeling pretty upset and insecure. Full of sadness and regret.
5 Acceptance – here I have arrived to share with all of you.
I am well aware of a number of things that I will change for the next shoot.
My lense choice my lighting (more on that later) my itchy trigger finger. My reluctance to shoot more (yup that is a contradiction). My setup etc.
Now that I have put everything into context it would be great to shoot again.
The overall vision isn’t flawed. I think it will work with the exception that I completely miscalculated the proportions of the roof to the height of the model.
Overall the experience was a good one for me and my inexperience shone bright to the point of me missing a critical focus on a shot that I absolutely love otherwise. I let autofocus refocus behind the subject and lost my favorite fram from the whole day. Overall I do have some useable pictures not the magic light I was hoping for but at least I can say it wasn’t a waste. I learned something I improved as a photographer and I enjoyed my time. I even got a pretty good shot of my wife with my homemade flash modifier.
I guess I forgot to post my storyboards earlier. So here they are now.
Hope you can make them out.
You can see I thought the subject would be 2/3 of the way from the floor to the roof but in reality the roof is 2 or 3 times higher. I will post some of my shots and hopefully give one of you some better ideas going forward.
Maybe next year when the autumn light is out I will try again…. but then maybe I’ll have an even better idea.