Hard Rock Sears Portrait Studio (or: Know your shooting environment beforehand)

Discussion in 'Sigma DP Forum' started by lattiboy, Jan 29, 2015.

  1. lattiboy

    lattiboy SC Regular

    Mar 6, 2011
    Lately I've run into an issue: I'm sick of taking pictures of the same things. Over. And Over. And Over.

    That cemetery? The dead are sick of you.

    Chinatown? It's getting weird with the dragon pictures.

    Abandoned factories? Been done son!

    So, with my newfound love of the DP2M I decided to put out a note on a Facebook group I'm a member of:

    "I want to take your picture! Points if you have a band or a weird pet or like to dress up like a crazy person."

    The response was intense. 20 people in about 2 days volunteered. My only stipulation was a model release form and a good attitude.

    The two-man band that volunteered neglected to mention the space I would be shooting in was a 10'x8' converted garage covered in acoustic insulation. DEEP Black acoustic insulation.

    When the pot smoke finally cleared the room, I setup a wireless flash to bounce off the ceiling and mounted another on the DP2 for triggering and fill flash.

    I killed the first battery after 32 pictures, focus was basically a series of educated guesses, the band was clearly self-conscious, and the flash was arbitrarily deciding when it would fire. So, pretty much par for the course with me and any structured photo shoot: A complete f*$&ing disaster.

    I did a few ISO3200/6400 flashless shots, but the light-sucking properties of the acoustic walls left me with what looked like a rejected poster from a Japanese horror movie.













    7) (ISO 6400!)


    I also used a GX7 with mixed results, but my lack of an ultra-wide angle lens really became evident here.
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  2. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Ha ha ha, those are awesome. And I am envious of your courage, and your project.
  3. Darren Bonner

    Darren Bonner SC Veteran

    Nov 8, 2013
    Poole, UK
    This might be what the band wanted, I quite like these pictures.
  4. Woody112704

    Woody112704 SC Top Veteran

    Nov 7, 2013
    Great series, and an interesting idea for getting out of the same old comfort zone.
  5. lattiboy

    lattiboy SC Regular

    Mar 6, 2011
    I posted the GX7 shots over on mu-43 if you'd like to see them. Here's a link.
  6. Great project.