Monday, February 28, 2011
So I just got back a few days ago from Las Vegas for the annual photographers pilgrimage to WPPI. As some of you may know, I have been involved with a tremendous organization for a while called Thirst Relief. I had the opportunity to go on a benefit trip to Tanzania, Africa with them in 2009, and it was literally a life-changing experience. Fast forward to this past fall, and they asked if I would spearhead the planning of their benefit shoot held during WPPI. I was honored and thrilled to be involved. While I'll talk more about the shoot as a whole in a later post, I learned a valuable lesson in photography and life in general.
We had a day shoot and a night shoot. These next two images came while David Beckstead was discussing some things. He is constantly looking for unique uses of light and shadow and compositions. The first shot is what I would consider "the safe shot". A video light was being shown through the metal grid at a bus stop.
Although I love a lot of elements in it, I was looking for something more dramatic. I wondered if it would be possible to shoot at an angle through the grid and capture both of their faces. What I came up with was something I never expected. Somehow the grid looks behind the couple although it is in front of them. To me this image adds a new level of impact. The way the light spreads into the frame, the grid creating lines, etc. Long story short, the lesson I learned was that sometimes it's best to slow down, trust your instincts, and look for new ways to shoot the same scene! Here was the image, I would love to hear your thoughts!