Joanna Vymeris and I had been planning to do a morning photo shoot with snow for a few weeks now, but it kept getting delayed. BBC promised snow a few times, but when the day came there was no snow. In the end we decided to just set a date. If we did not get snow, at least we would get a beautiful morning sunrise. I set my alarm clock for 6:25 and went to bed hoping for good weather. Turned out we got a cloudy morning, with just a hint of pink. So instead of playing with a beautiful sky we had to create our own coloured light with gelled flashes.
For the flash photos I used my built-in flash in commander mode so I could control the strength of the two external flashes independently using my camera menu. That saved me a lot of running back and forth. Next time I hope to play around more with the shadows cast by the flashes.
As the morning progressed, more and more people started passing through our tunnel, so we did a few more shots, then went searching for St Barnabas Press.
It was fun to play around and see what we could do with two flashes. I have a lot to learn before it becomes second nature. When I sat down at home to look through some of the photos from the tunnel afterwards I saw several things to improve, but that is what makes this interesting. I am already making a mental check list for the next photo shoot. For example, for some shots it can be a good idea to have one of the two flashes work double duty and also illuminate a selected part of the background behind the model.
Big thanks to Joanna for joining me on this crazy early morning adventure. If you want to see more photos like this, have a look at the Street Ballet photos.