A few weeks back I set up a sort of last minute shoot with Olivia Tupper. She had originally wanted to do some beach photos that had a 50's-60's pin up feel to them. We instead decided to go for something a bit more modern, making use of the beautiful sunlight, bright blue ocean and for some images, black and white film.
The beach itself was pretty crowded when we arrived, but as we shot people started to pack up and leave. It was about 6:30pm when we first arrived, and about 7:00pm before we even started shooting.
The sun's position was getting lower and lower, and the light even more directional and colourful. Olivia did up her own makeup and hair, though her sister was there to help out a bit when we needed to get it a bit more wet.
Both my assistant Sarah Bee and I got pretty soaked from the knees down. I rolled up my pant legs, but it really wasn't enough. This being my first beach shoot, I guess I can be somewhat forgiven for having not brought a towel. In the end, it was worth it!
For film, I used up a roll of Kodak TMax 400ISO, which I had expected to be very contrasted, almost like a black and white photocopy. It wasn't. The grain is very pleasing, and the way the emulsion compresses the light and shadow areas is awesome. Both of the following shots are the TMax. I didn't do very much in the way of retouching. I fixed a few fly-away hairs, and that's about it.
I didn't do anything too crazy with the lighting. Sarah was fantastic at finding the sun and using either my circular reflector or piece of white foam board to bounce light back into Olivia's face.
That's all for now! Coming up I'll have my recent downtown shoot with Alysha Bouchard, as well as some Dance photos from a shoot organized through the Sackville photo club. Stay tuned!