October 30, 2012

Warm Honey, English Muffins, and a Guy Named Sky


Meet Sky....Sky's photo shoot will go down as one of my photo shoots that made me feel like I was shooting for Rolling Stones Magazine.  He is a senior with a cool attitude, a cool guitar, and a cool sound, and a desire to go into Film Cinematography.  We met with Sky and his family a week before the shoot.  As soon as Diane and I met the young man, I knew we were in for a treat on this photo shoot.

Sometimes, there is just a vibe about a person in which when you meet them or see them, and the photo shoot just starts laying itself out inside your head.  The creative juices flow like warm honey on a hot English muffin just out of the toaster on a cold winter morning...and his guitar was the perfect cup of coffee (or maybe tea?) to go with that honey and English muffin!

As we got to the location, my eyeballs immediately tracked to a small rise in the meadow.  I seem to have a knack for identifying locations that make my subjects and assistants trek...but hey, that's why we get the shots that nobody else gets...anything for the shot, right? (Well, within reason of course)....

As we talked outfit and location, I saw this awesome rock (yup, a rock)
and after talking a little, someone ( I can't remember who, except it wasn't ME) said how cool it would be to have his guitar in the background and BAM!  I knew that rock was going to be me friend on this shot.  It had the perfect ledge built into it to prop up the guitar and a GORGEOUS (wait, can't say GORGEOUS for a guy's shoot....)..umm...wicked background of fall colors....

Problem was, that Sky's guitar is his baby...so we had to carefully choreograph a jacket haphazardly thrown on the rock and the guitar nestled into the jacket so as not to scratch the baby or, for the love of pete, have it fall over!

Diane is a master at styling and props...it's amazing how hard it is to make something look haphazard....but she did it with ease and flair.

I pulled out a Nikon 135mm f/2 manual focus lens for this shot, splashed a little fill reflector on him, positioned the flash, and voila!  Coolness capturing coolness:

After this shot, we trekked back down, reversed angles, and used a Nikon 85mm f/1.4 manual focus for this shot...I had been thinking about this shot since our Creative Planning Session...but holy cow, getting the right angles for this shot isn't just Point and Shoot...especially when shooting an aperture of 1.4...the depth of focus is SHAAAAALLOOOOOWWWW!...and thank God for the 85 f/1.4....I got the shallow dof I wanted and the look was perfect for this cool cat and his cool guitar...my palms are sweating just thinking about how this shot came out....

And of course, what better shot of the sky for a guy named Sky...this with one of my most favorite of lenses...the fabulous Nikon 24-70 f/2.8...let's add butter to this menu!

Until next time:  Love Yourself, Love Your Neighbor, and Stay Unique!

Michael P. Young

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