Got to work with Ashley Cunningham a few days ago.
I did this shoot with the grenades the very next day after my initial try with it the day before it. This time instead of having the model run at the camera and jump through the smoke I had Anna on a trampoline and jumping. I figured keeping her stationary with her movements going up and down I figure it would be easier and less tiring for the model.
I was wrong, lol. Anna got just as tired as Deshae did. Which made some of her jumping height decrease. I did get some good shots from it though that I really enjoyed. The other thing that I realize I didn’t like and will avoid next time is not have a completely white background. It actually took away from the smoke itself.
Trying something new…well sorta. It’s not the first time I have used smoke grenades in my shoots. This time however I wanted to get a jumping movement in the shots. So I contacted my friend and colleague Deshae to be my model for this.
So I shot the low light test last night. Right away, focusing whether manual or automatic was extremely difficult. I constantly had to find a way with my 50mm to get the proper focus...fuck it...switching over to the 85mm...yes the little use 85mm...the lens I only bring out when all else fails...and sweet jeezus...it worked. I got a lot of good bokeh and good separation between dark and light.
One of my favorite parts of the shoot is shooting near a neon sign light. It was so hard to find one near my home. The image looked different to me. I never shot something like this before and got this result from it. Definitely will explore this style further.
The other problem we ran into was in post production. I shot everything underexposed as best as possible. Yet the grain was there and it was annoying, I couldn't get rid of it without sacrificing the image sharpness and details.
I will have to experiment more to try and figure the best to focus consistently. It was hard looking through the focus to see if she was focused. It was just so dark. I will definitely will need someone there with me next time to hold certain light mods for me. It was hard to try and one hand everything.