I think it is finally time for me to return to my randallgee.com blog posts! My 2015 New Year’s resolution was to work less- to focus more on myself, and return to the things that I love- photography [without the needs of clients or creative pressure]. Of course, I failed that resolution for the first half of the year… but hey- summer is a great time to catch up on our passions, right? At least I’ve been doing my archery… *nerdy smirk*
Molly. I’ve been wanting to photograph Molly for a while, and I was finally able to catch her before she left Pacific for good. When I arrive to work every morning, I would see Molly rolling in on her motorcycle, accompanied with black helmet and suave leather jacket. I wish I could be as badass as Molly, but my motorcycle would need training wheels, and perhaps, streamers to complete the ensemble.
We were brainstorming some badass-y areas of Stockton, and figured we could shoot near a desolate road behind her home in the Brookside area of Stockton. Lo and behold, there was an interesting graffiti well/water reservoir/circular cement thing that would be perfect as our backdrop.
Of course, I didn’t think the sun would be so strong at 8:10pm, but hey- you have to work with what you have. The strong setting sun helped achieve some sexy lens flares off of my 50mm ƒ1.4 (see above).
Here’s the setup:
Nikon D4s | 50mm ƒ1.4| ƒ11 | ISO 320 | 1/200sec
SB-700 @ 1/2, bare left
SB-700 @ 1/2, bare right
SB-700 @ 1/16, bare behind
Also, this was a perfect time for Molly to practice her modeling skills. I love it when people are willing to bust out some humble modeling skills- makes MY job much easier.
This was the tricky part- riding photos. We wanted to accentuate Molly’s glowing red hair, but it was oftentimes lost in the wind or hidden by her helmet. After five takes, here was the final photo:
Nikon D4s | 50mm ƒ1.4| ƒ5.6 | ISO 400 | 1/30sec
I slowed my shutter speed down to about 1/30th of a second and ‘tracked’ Molly while she drove by. Of course, this technique takes practice and is best on a tripod. I didn’t want to fool around with a tripod, so I locked my focus, and blasted my 1/30sec shutter, keeping Molly stationery relative to the camera. This forces ONLY the background and road to blur. I love motion blur tricks!
Photographing Molly was absolutely refreshing. Once in a while, I need a break from my Pacific photographer duties and tinker with some personal creativity projects. Who shall I photograph next?
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