It is very important for me as a photographer to constantly change what I am doing, to look at different things for inspiration , to take my camera into situations that challenge me and push my creativity to another level.
For some years I have been somewhat fascinated with the world of the Grave yard and despite the image that we all have of this environment it is an amazing place to shoot. I often wander around different graveyards looking to document what I see. Last week I got the opportunity to go a little further & deeper!! Shooting a couple of portraits also of some of the grave-hands! This is an ongoing project for me and I will be returning to the graveyard on numerous occasions to shoot some more.
Canon 1ds Mark III
Canon 50mm 1.2L
Canon 16-35mm 2.8 L
Lexar 16GB 300 x CF card
Elinchrom Ranger A head with RX Speed pack
Elinchrom 70cm softbox with honeycombe
Lastolite Extending Pole
Hard hat, boots and old clothes!!
On a shoot like this I mostly always have an image in mind that I am after. Despite the fact that a lot of the shoot is documentary I am starting to use my lights more for my own work also. Not just fashion! To use the lights on location isn’t easy and you must have an end goal, especially when people are working. You haven’t got too many test shots to get it right! I love just walking around people and creating images in my mind, this makes it easier & quicker to take the picture when the camera is put to your eye.
Here are a few images from last weeks shoot.
Portrait shot with a x4 ND filter. Using Ranger head, 250th sec @f2
A quick shot of yours truly 7ft down at the bottom of a grave! All in the name of Art!!!
A couple of video snippets from the shoot