I have to say, sunsets are harsh. High-contrast yellows, oranges, reds… for someone who tends to shoot natural light in storms or fog, it’s not something i’m entirely comfortable shooting or editing. Throw in a raging brush fire? Alright, we’ll adapt.
Racing the sun, we parked and sprinted up this rather steep hill with about 30 lbs of equipment. To get everything in focus and to compensate for the incredible amount of light hitting the sensor, i promptly stopped all the way down to F22 Raptor. An aperture that small blows your depth of field wide open so you’re sure to get some detail in both the foreground & background. It also creates a lovely star burst when you’re pointed directly at the sun, which Siskel and Ebert give two thumbs up.Additionally, with most of the light coming from behind the model, I had to use a flash fill to expose her face and the forground. Otherwise, we’re just seeing a pretty silhouette.aaaaand… CLICK.(Fun Fact: I destroyed a brand new an air mattress and tore a foot long rip in my pant leg in the 15 minutes we were on the hill. The air mattress was used for some earlier falling shots. Did i mention it was raining burning embers?)In post, it took a while to find the right colors and treatment for this shot. Turns out the trick was to desaturate the colors a bit, compensate for the high-contrast with some milkier tones, and fight the fire with subtle blues and magentas.Below is the end result.
discovered a neat trick today quite accidentally, when i put my iPhone in my front sweater pocket to tie my shoe. while bending down, i saw a little light peaking through on the screen (the camera app was still open), so i pulled the knit fabric tighter and took some photos.
the light play was fantastic, though it required a little trial & error to get just right. it was only later i realized a sleeve was a little less awkward to shoot through :)