There is something so wonderful that happens when I get out of my own way, and let the images just happen. This day was a shinning example. I met the couple in Long Island City ( N.Y.) with a few hrs before sunset. I wasn’t crazy about the location, as I felt it might be a bit trite… and frankly an all too touristy spot to make images. ( least ones that I could be proud of) I reminded myself though, that whenever I leap.. without knowing whats to come.. and I focus on the excitement that it just may turn out amazing..it often does! Well I was so glad that I didn’t get stuck in the negative frame of resistance that I nearly caved to. ( I could have easily told them I had a better Idea..) As soon as I saw the skyline.. I noticed a few buildings whose angles would frame them perfectly.. and the color scheme of the shot, instantly entered my mind.. My assistant set up one light and I positioned the couple where they would best fit after the compression of the long lens I’d attached was taken into account. I picked this spot for the stair like pattern in the buildings across the East River… they played gracefully to the pattern on her dress. I knew I could render the image in a limited color palate that would give a no nonsense .. “city” feel to the final image. A sort of smokey steel uniform rigidity to frame this polished shiny happy new couple ( and friend) Great care was taken to allow for just the right amount of spacing between them.. and the buildings that played as extras across the river. Also the space between them… I worked them into place so that his left arm ( camera right. ..away from her) was at the same sloping angle as the building, that her chin left a hair of space between them, that she fit between the upward slope of the building to the left of her. I used that angle.. and the angle of the building to the right of him.. to draw ones eye, in towards them both. We shot quite a few frames… maybe 15 or so to get a natural expression.. I think we did! The lighting was achieved with a shoot through 48” umbrella held by an assistant, camera left about 6 feet from them and up and to the left.. pointing down and grazing across them. I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful couple. The end result was 100% sincere and it actually after the post processing brought the tones into the same range, wound up coming off as it was preconceived. The best part is the feeling of knowing that if you trust things will work out…. they will.
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