I don't know if you're actually looking for outside opinions, but I hands-down prefer the first shot of Paul the Ineffectual Lawyer. I feel he looks considerably more trapped in that one, despite being more literally trapped in the second, and the hard light fades so much of his body into obscurity that it gives the sense of him disappearing and leaving only that desperate expression behind. And the red on the suitcase there is much harsher, which lends a sort of hell-bound ambiance to the photo. Yeah. I like the first one. :)
awesome. my uncertainty left me to put them both on the press page so editors will all get to choose. at some point i'm like "i'm wasting too much time thinking about this, let someone else worry about it."
Hey, is that First Baptist?
Wonderful work, as always.
I'm on my way out there tonight, to shoot something that might make a good promo video. I wish I could've been there last night, and do some BTS video as well. But I was still on the mend and had some stuff to deal with.
this was a couple of days ago. things get posted in the order of avoiding conflicts with other shiznit rather than when they actually happen.
I have a technical question which is probably ridiculously dumb, but how do you get those dramatic shadows even with all the ambient light?
Not dumb at all, it's a great question. The first thing you do in a situation is what I've hear people call "dial down the ambient" which means only that you set your f-stop and shutter speed high enough that the exposure is completely black -- that eliminates all the ambient light (in this case it was something like 1/250 sec at f 5.6) then, any light you add with your flash will be the only light the camera is picking up -- the flash then needs, of course, to be that much brighter than the ambient.
Ah...I sense some experimenting in the future...
The lawyer on the left is coming from somewhere. The lawyer on the right is going to somewhere. I prefer the one on the right, visually. The light on the briefcase in the one on the left is a bit harsh. Which might be appropriate for the story, but not so much my esthetic principles.
Ooh. Moody and dramatic and most of all: it makes me want to see the show to figure out what exactly is going on.