Photo of the day is a fresh edit from my recent shoot at Eastern Sates Penitentiary with Nicole Gallagher. This image was captured at the main gate leading from the central guard tower out to the sports field. I captured a really nice image in this location last year. Although last year’s image used two models, one on each side of the gates, I like this image as well. Before moving to this location we had been inside and when the hard rain ended we decided to take the shoot outdoors and it was perfect… Well kind of perfect. Although the rain had past the air was hot, heavy and very humid, so hair style is gone and makeup is not optimum anymore. I did not request Jasmine (MUA) to try to fix the makeup, because it would more than likely not be of any benefit without redoing the whole look. Nicole’s feet had had enough of the 5 inch pumps and she tossed them aside and that was actually a good thing. I think the “walking barefoot after the fresh rain” just added to the look. After all her look was starting to loosen due to the heat & humidity so why fight it. You really have to choose your battles sometimes and there is no winning with heat & humidity after a hot summer shower. It is kind of like when you’re walking or riding a bike outdoors in the summertime and you get caught in the rain… what do you do? There is no shelter and no matter how hard you try you are certain to get wet… really wet, so why fight it and you just end up playing in the warm rain. And in my life that has actually created some really fond memories. So here we’re not caught in the rain, but we are in the grips of heat & humidity, so let’s just go with it.
The model kicks her shoes off by her own choice and walks outdoors. Not to mention Nicole is an avid outdoor person and she is very comfortable with walking barefoot. I feel this location (like most at ESP) has a lot of natural character with the coarseness of the stones and the old windows in the background. The gate is more-or-less a prop and in the end we have a good image.
The technical info; Ok so I shot the images handheld with a Canon 6D using a 24-70 f/2.8 lens. Camera is in manual at 1/100 sec at f/3.5 ISO 50 35mm. My assistant was holding a Westcott 26” Rapid Box beauty dish with diffusion on. The light was a Canon EX-600RT Speedlite set ETTL mode. All editing was done in Lightroom CC then Photoshop CC at some point the Emily Soto fashion action “Diana” was used and then back to Lightroom CC for final cropping and watermark.
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