I usually work in the studio with strobes and controlled lighting, so I wanted to try something different and used only natural light and a reflector for this shoot. I loved just having the camera and the model to work with, and not worrying about the strobes, stands and umbrellas. Tessa helped out with the reflector to fill in shadows and brighten up the model in shaded areas. Without all the lighting gear, we could move around quickly to wherever the light was good and the background was interesting.
The shoot was during the evening “golden hour” before sunset. The light was beautiful and worked perfectly. We had to move quickly though because the light changed rapidly as the sun was setting, and it also started to get cool and windy.
The location was an older industrial park near Main and Terminal in Vancouver. I love the decayed and worn textures of the buildings – lots of faded, peeling paint and rusty metal. We also went to a more modern area with glass and bold colours to work with.
I used Lightroom 3.4.1 and Photoshop CS5 for the post-processing, trying out several different styles and colour schemes. I’m looking for some feedback – which ones do you like/don’t like and why? Thanks!