Sunday, March 28th, 2010 at 10:42am - Lifestyle
On Friday night I got together with my dear friend Abbie and we got some really cool shots of her spinning fire. It is absolutely amazing what she does, and the thought of trying to capture something with so much movement, grace, and elegance in an image was daunting; but I was stoked for the challenge.
And a challenge it was, this was one of the hardest shoots I´ve done in a long time, and it took a few hours of shooting before I really found a groove myself and started getting some images I was psyched on. It was quite a process of trying lots of different things, and then failing, and trying again, and failing, and again, and then oh wait, I think this looks pretty cool!!
It took many attempts of trying and failing before I started getting the right combination of settings; a shutter speed to catch the movement, but not too long to where the streaks would be a big fuzz and Abbie´s movement would make her a blob of light only, the right aperture and iso to have enough depth of field yet allow as much light in as possible to capture some of the ambient from the half moon we had.
It almost reminded me more of a movie shoot, as I quickly realized to capture in images the beauty Abbie was displaying live in front of me, that I needed to direct her so we could have her be still enough for 1 second exposures and within her dancing stay in a focus safe area. So we set up marks on the ground for her to be able to stay within an area I could hold focus on, and she did an amazing job of holding still while maintaining the flow of the fire. Plus we learned that certain aspects of her performance fared better to images than other aspects, so we focused on those and ended up getting some fantastic images.
First we started out in front of my cabin by the pond to get some reflections and make sure we could get some images in the first place as the winds had been ripping all day and that´s not good for spinning fire, yet it was strangely calm by the pond. The reflections ended up being really cool, and we learned a lot before heading out into the desert.
We then headed up to the Buttermilks, where we found an overhang of rock that helped block the wind, and framed the mountains beautifully while also reflecting the fire light and a warm glow back on to Abbie. Having the half moon was incredible as it gave us just enough light to light the mountains, yet wasn´t so bright that it eclipsed the stars. We were both blown away at how beautiful it was and the images turned out incredible.
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