When I woke up yesterday there was a thin layer of beautiful frost and a glorious sunrise. I was kicking myself for not scheduling the day’s photo shoot earlier. Instead I cycled through the cold morning to buy food for the week and already an hour later the sun had melted most of the frost. I met up with Christiana Smyrilli and Alicia Krozer at Newnham College after 10 o’clock. Since there were no clouds the sun would cast pretty harsh shadows, so my plan was to use a reflector to lighten up their faces. I bought one a couple of years ago, but never really used it for much. Time to change that! The girls got changed into a pair of dresses not appropriate for the cold weather. To make sure I would be more sympathetic to their need for speed I tucked my scarf, gloves and hat into the camera bag and opened up my jacket. Luckily the sun was out, so it was not too cold.
I had a lot of fun during the photo shoot, and I think it is great to have a reflector and get everyone involved in the making of the picture. By placing the reflector to the side, and having the sun behind your subject you can get both a nice light halo around their heads, and interesting light and shadow on their faces. Christiana wrote a blog post about the day on her new blog, it includes some additional photos from the shoot so have a look.
Update: This is the 110 cm reflector I use (Amazon link). I bought it in 2012 for just under £10.