13th November 2014
Location – Carr Lane
Canon 5D mk iii
Canon speed lite
The aim of this shoot was to add more movement within my photography for my project. My previous images felt quite static and boring – even thought they were capturing movement, there was no ‘expression’ or ‘evidence’ of that movement within the shot, except the frozen person in the air. I wanted to add some more dynamics and play around to find the techniques that really work. I wanted to test out all and every technique possible using long exposures, panning, moving the camera body around, the model moving around and using flash to freeze movement/certain moves, to create multiple flash exposures within one long exposure, capturing movement when the camera was still, and capturing movement when the camera was moving.
Most of these images were shot on 20 second exposures, using between f8-f11 and using ISO 400. I used the speed lite on-camera at first using rear-curtain sync flash. Within these images I used panning techniques, moving the camera around in circles etc. However I wanted the flash to go off more than once within the exposure so I used it hand held and manually flashed the model in a variety of positions to capture him running/jumping etc. At the end I also wanted to capture ‘3 of the model’ (almost like a triple exposure) because I wanted to show the aspects of free running for example the physical aspect and movement, the mental determination and the emotion/expression – seen in the face and hands. The street lights (well, the trails they leave!) seen throughout a lot of these images add to the urban feel of free running because of the countless opportunities a city provides for the subject to conquer it.
I feel this was a successful shoot because it proved to me that when shooting with an intention one can discover different and new ways of getting the desired aesthetic they want to create. I had a vision in mind of what I wanted to create – the only stumbling block was HOW. Yet I feel through this shoot I have overcome that block and showed myself how. Next time I want to use LED lights to show the ‘lead up’ movement (trail) to the jump/move, to the moment the free runner faces fear head on and comes out on the other side – then flash them at that moment, the peak of the action, to capture the emotion, skill and mental state within this ability.