Mikey and I go waaaay back. Back to when we were both wet behind the ears, university-think-our-shit-didn't-shit-punks. Well, the coolest punks you'd ever know nonetheless ;)
While I staked my claim in the City of Brotherly Love, Mikey migrated across the pond, making his mark by way of Sweden. Needless to say, Mikey and I never broke our bond and when he comes back to the states each year we, granted our schedules jive, like to have a shoot conceptualized prior to his arrival. Having said that, and now that I'm thinking of it, although it seemed like last summer, Mikey and I hadn't worked together since the [Koresch] shoot in 2012.
In 2012 it was about form. This year it's about speed and focus.
[You'll see the film footage soon enough. Relax your asses people. It's in post production as we speak.]
It was around 4:00 p.m., late December mind you, and we had just finished shooting under The EL. Quickly, we loaded up the gear into my Xterra and headed over to Temple's campus.
Before unloading anything, Mikey and I took a walk over to the grounds to drill down our exact itinerary.
Time was our friend and foe.
In terms of lighting, the conditions were about to hit perfection for the vision; GOLDEN HOUR WAS NEARLY UPON US.
The beauty of Golden Hour speaks for itself (refer to opening photo). The only catch with working the gorgeous hues of the dawn or evening skies is that it comes and goes pretty damn quickly. You better bring your A-game or you'll miss its magical qualities for sure.
While the colors would be brilliant, I was also embracing some darker skies as I was packed to the brim with Wizards and Strobes.
So were the conditions pure perfection?
People, it was about 30°F!!!
My dumb ass had on only my Marmot shell over my Sriracha T-shirt, skinny jeans and a pair of Chucks.
And I'm complaining?! I know. I know.
Take a look at Gamble. Yo, he is aces every time we work together. In a tank top, you'd have no idea that it was and winter day with temperatures dropping as quickly as was the sun. We'd already been out for a couple hours. We had less than an hour on the Temple track to make miracles come true.
This black and white gives you an idea of what was happening between shooting. While I adjusted exposure and lights, Mikey quickly threw on a heavy sweatshirt with a couple extra shirts hanging on the lightstand at frame left, giving us the option to layer him up if need be.
And below? This outtake of the day's hero? Fuck. He looks to be in down right pain.
We had to work fast.
Think about it.
Wouldn't be a successful day if Mike had to go back to Sweden with a torn hammy now would it?
Not good for anyone's career, his or mine.
We had to work fast.
I'm not gonna get too tech crunchy here. There are three photographs for delivery; golden hour, starting line on one knee and profile. Just to clarify to those who may be really confused . . . the black and white BTS shots are not the deliverables.
Having rectified (he eh he, rectified) that let me explain why I'm not getting super duper specific for each deliverable. The easiest way to explain is simple. They all were different setups with different exposures shot in different ambient environments. I suppose I could chart it out, that would be easy enough right? Sure, easy for you to read but more of a pain in the balls for me to create.
Ugh. Fine. Let me figure this shit out.
Camera Nikon D4 Nikon D4 Nikon D4
Focal Length 24mm 67mm 85mm
Shutter 1/250 1/160 1/250
Aperture f/2.8 f/11.0 f/1.8
ISO 50 40 50
Kelvin 4900° 4900° 4900°
Light Scenario 2[45° cam R./90° L. to sub.] 2[90° R. to sub./90° L.] 2[to fence/front sub.]