This session has been planned for a very long time. I have been shooting mostly sports. This was a welcome change which did require a little adjustment on my side. Setting everything up and get things ready is a lot more work than showing up for a sporting event. Location, model, Makeup up artist, assistant, weather, …

Friday night we did have a big thunderstorm and massive rain. By Saturday morning it was sunny blue sky. The first day with weather like this in month. After a 90minutes drive we arrived early on location and looked around for interesting backgrounds. I had packed everything: battery pack, speed-lights, stands, … As it turned out this would be a session in S***** light having recently read the book Shooting in Sh*tty Light: The Top Ten Worst Photograph by Lindsay Adler and Erik Valind. No problem and less gear to take along.

My wife did come along as assistant, 2nd shooter and student. It is great to have her along. I forces me to slow down, I have somebody I totally trust try a different angle (she has no obligation do deliver anything but usually will), She will hold my flash, reflector and suggest an alternative location position. It works great since there is no feeling of wrong doing or not requested advice the team really works well. I will slow it down, tell my wife to try something different and experiment, this creates a relaxed atmosphere to be creative.

We did shoot in Neuchatel around the port area. Sorry for all my friends there I did not mention that I would be there. i was trying to get some work done. It is really beautiful and I will be back. We did find a few suitable locations and with a little work we could compose around the annoying distractions having just finished

Bryan Peterson's Understanding Composition Field Guide: How to See and Photograph Images with Impact

Bryan Peterson’s Understanding Composition Field Guide: How to See and Photograph Images with Impact

I did see many “crying babies” and had to highlight some for my wife. She was attracted by garbage cans and light poles. The best thing in my camera bag was the Lastolite LR3696 TriFlip 8 in 1 30-Inch Gri…
We used it either as a diffuser or with as a reflector with the mix gold/silver surface. It it makes a huge difference. I was just a bit surprised by the reflection power. The next time I will either take a softer angle and feather the light or use it from a greater distance.

Here 3 pictures form the session

Mélissa Montavon Mélissa Montavon Mélissa Montavon

Sony SLT-A99 +70-200f2.8 G

Sony SLT-A99 + 35-200f4-5.6 Minolota

Sony SLT-A77 + 135f1.8 Carl Zeiss (courtesy of my wife)

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