Blood Alley was an appropriately named location for this street fighter photoshoot as there was certainly a lot of blood involved! Tessa did an amazing job with the cuts and bruises and liberal application of theatrical blood.
Location shoots are a good change from the studio, purchase and I like to do them when the weather cooperates. There are always challenges – in this case the sun was very bright, so we found shaded areas and I used reflectors and speedlites for lighting. Also, even though we were shooting on a Sunday, there was a lot of traffic (both vehicles and pedestrians) that slowed us down while we waited for the location to clear before continuing.
Thanks also to Douglas and Sean for their fighting choreography skills and Catherine for assisting me during the shoot.
Makeup: Tessa Mitz
Photography Assistant: Catherine Millard
Fighters: Douglas McDowell and Sean Mathews
Location: Blood Alley, Gastown, Vancouver
I just finished a 12 week street photography course at Langara College, taught by Jim Balderson. It was great shooting outdoors in Vancouver in the summer!
It’s a major change from studio photography – it’s more about observation than creating the image. Instead of models, sets, makeup artists and controlled lighting, I photographed random people and worked with the light and environment on the street. I found it was a great way to practice composition and just get out and have fun shooting.
Most of the time, I used an Olympus Pen E-PL1 because it’s light and not as conspicuous as a DSLR, allowing me to take candid photos without attracting too much attention. I tried to capture images where people were involved in what they were doing and not posing for the camera.
Here’s a selection of the photos that I took during course. I’m looking forward to getting out and doing more street photography in the future!