September 14th, 2012

I really do like fiddling with shadows and contrast.  If there’s anything that I look at in my work and think “yeah, that’s what I do” it’s those contrasty backlit shots that pull in detail and texture.  It’s not something that would necessarily be a useful approach for everyone, but it suits my aesthetics, and I use it often.  I mean, I’ve shot wedding portraits using that lighting, originally something I just liked for drains.

And so, I used that approach here, more or less, too.  Big space, familiar space, with plenty of detail to be rendered in brickwork and dirty flooring and rusty metal.  What does pose a question is how much to fill in those shadows; detail versus contrast, really.  And, there’s never a clear answer, so I tend to play, and see what I get and what I like.

It’s amusing to try to fit a couple of people in this space at once, though, with all of them trying to light the place their own way.  I hung back while my companions did their thing, and I clicked off a few random chaotic frames, then did my thing once they’d had their fill of subterranean arches.  I’ll be curious to compare shots; the others used flashes or more dynamic lighting than I did, and undoubtedly ended up with a very different atmosphere.  That’s the fun bit of lighting, really, just looking at those variations on a theme, and finding inspiration for next time.

Best go charge up those batteries…

3 Responses to “Cathedrals”

  1. Sledgyon 16 Sep 2012 at 7:12 am

    Hey Meta how many torches you taking out in your kit lately for these shots? Hit me up on fb or whatever :-)

  2. Svenon 16 Sep 2012 at 7:17 am

    Usually just two warm and two cool lights. This shot had one cool (moving around) and two warms. I don’t often find I need more, really.

  3. Svenon 16 Sep 2012 at 6:33 pm

    I was almost going to hit you up in person at GTAs, but sadly, I don’t think it’s likely :(

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