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Sept 2014 – mistakes were made!

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. 

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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.

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June 2014- it takes a little effort

So the concept isnt always easy to execute.  No matter how well planned it takes a bit of finesse toget things right.  Thats why there is gaff tape.  If you are a photographer and you don’t have gaffer’s tape (aka gaff or gaffing) GET SOME.  Duct tape is not the same. 

Okok enough about that.

I got some pretty preliminary test images.  I wasnt entirely happy with the flat images I got.  Too much light too much white background and not nearly enough contrast.

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Not a bad photo just not amazing.  The catchlights (which you cant really see above) are what I was looking for so with a few minor changes I was hoping for the best.

I reduced the diffusion, I increased the flash intensity, I removed the white backdrop and lowered my f stop to f8. 

This is what I got

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Not bad.  Entirely useable and much more dramatic but I noticed the catchlights looked better from above ( I was standing over the whole thing while shooting)  so I repositioned the camera.

This is an example of the result.

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On to post production. 

Wish me luck only 3 hours to go.