Winter around here usually makes me too lazy to go out and do stuff, staying inside where it’s nice and warm seems like a much more appealing prospect. Sometimes there’s no choice though, like when you have a new octabox that you want to try in different situations. So, I got my girls ready and dragged them out, along with a stand and my octabox.
There isn’t exactly an abundance of spectacular shooting locations around our flat but we do have a small area with some trees. If you’re careful with your framing you won’t even get any buildings in the background. That’s where we headed on a rather dull and overcast day. We typically have two kinds of winter: one where everything is white and the air is crisp and cold; another where the air is wet and cold in a different way and all the colours seem to have washed out. This day was the latter type of winter, though it wasn’t all that cold.
I kept things very simple with two LP160 in the octabox to camera left. There are more shots coming in the future with this exact same setup. I’m trying to get to know the light source and get different looks from it. In this instance I didn’t want the light to draw too much attention to itself, I wanted it to blend with the ambient light and only serve to bring out the subject a bit. That part worked allright. What didn’t work was the colours.
Above you can see the edit I started working on. It might have been doable to keep it in colour if it wasn’t for her shoes and the handbag she insisted on bringing. She’s very cute with it but it kind of clashes with everything else. As the old saying goes: if you can’t work with it, kill it (I might have just made that up) – so I did.
It definitely worked a lot better in black and white and after some additional doging and burning I had a result I was actually kind of happy with. Not much else to say about this – I guess the lesson to be learned is that…eeh…black and white sometimes looks better than colour? Sorry, I really couldn’t think of anything catchy there.
Stay colourful (or not) and I’ll be back next week.