Skip to main content

Shooting the WINE Jan 08 Cover



Ok, so it's a "making off" entry again:

What seems like a cool day at the beach, was a windy south-easter day, hot!!!, and sandy. Anybody's who's been at Milnerton beach, over lunch, early December, can testify to the general weather conditions. To get that angle on a shot, it means you're lying flat on your stomach to see through the viewfinder, eating sand, and shielding your eyes from sand traveling at you at 40km/h. Trying to keep perspex upright can be a challenge!! Just after spraying the bottle with some water to create the fresh droplets, a gust of sand would leave it looking grimy. Time to wipe it off again. Luckily it all turned out well. Art director Taryn shown in the pic and the final. Sorry for horrid scan, but it's the only one I have on hand!

The brief was "fashion" flash with drop-out background lighting. It needed to look summery, yet "fashiony". This meant having studio flash on the beach, so I opted for the Profoto II7B pack with 2 bare heads. Since we were shooting over lunch, the sun was coming at an angle of about 80 degrees, so I had to use both heads to counter the sun's blast! The 2 heads were positioned left of the bottle, diffused by an upright piece of 3mm perspex. This creates the nice even highlights as well. A similar perspex was placed on the other side to create a soft highlight reflection (softer than an opaque reflector). The sun created the zing on the bottle, and I needed to balance the flash exposure just right, so the sun still afforded a nice spill-light effect from the side. The reflection of the sand made the wine come alive even more, although the side lighting did quite a bit in bringing the colour up a bit. Post-production (done by the capable people at WINE) included retouching the odd stray reflection and cleaning off the odd unwanted grain of sand. They then went ahead with layout and making it print ready at repro. I supply the optimized hi-res TIFFs (from CR2 files, processed with CS3) to the client, with basic touch-ups and level corrections.

So there you go, the cover of WINE, January 2008.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Dangerous Photography Jobs

http://www.onlinecertificateprograms.org/blog/2010/10-dangerous-photography-jobs/This is taken from the above article, with permission:Photography can be a case of life or death. It may sound absurd, but professional photographers often go to great lengths and compromise their safety in order to get the perfect picture. Whether it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to photograph Mount Everest or a mission to cover the Iraq war, many photographers risk their lives just to do their job. Here are 10 dangerous photography jobs: Extreme Weather Photography
Extreme weather photographers aren’t storm chasers, but they do have an eye for photographing hurricanes, tornados, thunderstorms and other severe weather in their most vulnerable state. As you can imagine, this job is nothing short of extreme. Extreme weather photographers have to get close to the storm when everyone else is running from it, which puts them at risk for injuries and often death. BASE Jumping & Skydiving Photography
See…

Wiel - Hummer 3 - Hennie Bosman

When I was asked to shoot Shihan Hennie Bosman (highest qualified karateka outside of Japan in Kyokushin Karate, 8th Dan) and the Hummer 3 for a short feature, with no brief, except a location, I knew it was going to be interesting. I was basically told to do something action-orientated (Hennie has done stunt-work with the likes of Wesley Snipes and JC van Damme), and just go to x location and get back with pics ASAP.

With no budget for Propak 7IIB's, and the shoot being set-up for midday, I turned to my trusty polariser to get the mood and went ahead to just play with a very willing Hennie. Brett Hamilton, who wrote the feature, tagged along to hold a reflector, and to represent the mag and make sure I don't totally go wild. (He is a really able reflector holder and has earned the title of Le Gaffer)

After making Hennie do kicks from the bonnet of the car, jumping on the roof, awarding it a black-belt (I know...), screaming, making faces, driving the car through mud and having …

Portrait Shoot: Pierre van Heerden

So a number of years back I did a shoot of Pierre van Heerden, South African actor, musical performer, playwright and comedian, at my old studio. It was just for fun, really. I was exploring some portraiture ideas, for a project I was considering at the time. We had a great time shooting these, exploring some cool ideas as we spent the morning talking rubbish, laughing and drinking coffee.

Fast forward some years later, and he contacted me to do an update of the images, but this time for his book.

The images were meant for publicity purposes, his marketing material and such, but what I want to share here is just some of the expression shots we did once we had those in the bag. Working with an actor in stills is great, as they know their face, they know expressions and have a large selection of facial "skills" to employ for a portrait.

I would simply call out a bunch of emotions/expressions and he would comply each time.



The "30 second portrait" I made is an idea…