It was a fantastic setting, visually. Unfortunately, the morning of the shoot was a much colder one than the previous few days and the underpass was also a natural wind tunnel, amplifying the chill factor.
Arnaud, the model for the day, was a real pro. He did not complain once during the two-hour session, even though I could see the tip of his nose was getting a little red towards the end! He was so charming and enthusiastic, despite the fact he had to stand around at many points while I was being taught some of the more technical aspects of using flash units and umbrellas to best effect. He also saved the day (and my wallet) when a sudden, strong gust of wind came through the underpass and blew my lighting umbrella and flash light over. Before I had even realised what was going on, he lunged forward and grabbed it preventing my flash unit smashing on the concrete.
It has been some time since I last used my flash units in a creative way and Andrew taught me some really useful new ways to create more dramatic lighting effects.
I’d be interested to know if you have a favourite shot from the selection I’ve posted. And please don’t hesitate to say if any of the shots don’t work for you, too. Whether it’s a pose, or the lighting, or the composition, I’m always keen to understand more about what is having an impact and what isn’t.