I was out on my patio the other night, enjoying the evening sun and heat. I looked up from my gaze and noticed some pretty amazing light. The sun was beginning to set and harsh shadows and light were beginning to appear. I noticed a perfectly symmetrical pattern of light and showdown on a building across from my property. I thought to myself, “Now, if only, I had a subject to shoot some test shots with…”
Seconds later, my neighbour strolled on by. Me, being a social creature with our neighbours, I popped off my seat and graciously asked her what she was doing. I explained my idea and mentioned it should take no more than ten minutes. Izzy was about to make dinner and said, “Sure, when do you want to do this?”
I said, “Now! It’s suppose to be cloudy the next couple days and I’m afraid I’ll miss this opportunity.”
Izzy ran upstairs to pull her hair back, touch up her make up and I waited outside, checking my light and metering.
It only took about 20 minutes to shoot the series, but I believe we got some neat shots for a photo shoot on the whim. We played with the light and shadow that the setting sun provided us, focusing on portrait style photographs. Whether they were direct on, profile or a creative composition, the shots that came out were beautiful.
I love taking an opportunity when I see conditions right, but I will be honest, I’ve been slacking on this. I think it’s time for me to get into more creatives and shoot what I see!