Sony DSR450WSL (airplane interior mock-up in my living room.)
Favorite subjects: Alejandra and public transit systems.
A subject of many stills, and featured in two of my short films (frame-grabs, shown here), Alejandra (above, below) is by far, the easiest-going, most compliant subject to photograph. Always lovely, never a complaint (even when being dragged through the dirt, or running half-naked through a subway station), and graced with a body type that photographs perfectly, she's a pleasure to work with.
The scene above was lit completely by available-light. Just out-of-frame, to the left, is a large bank of floor-to-ceiling windows that's letting in a large volume of diffuse daylight, mostly reflecting off of the sky and the backyard grounds. This provided the primary key, and because it was all indirect light, it was very soft. A 4' x 8' silvered reflector was positioned to the right of camera for a bit of fill.
My other area of photographic interest is public transportation: airplanes, airports, metro stations, trains, streets, freeways, as well as other interesting, modern-urban architectural structures and environments.
Sony DSR450WSL (underground Metro station at Union Station, Los Angeles.)
Shooting in the Metro:
Shooting with neither a permit nor insurance, we shot for about an hour and a half at this location. We were stopped by two sets of Metro police. The first pair said, "You can't be in this area without a ticket." I said, "Do you want us to stop shooting, or do you just want us to buy a ticket?" They replied, "Well, you can't be in this area without a ticket." So, we promptly went to the kiosk and bought some tickets. We then proceeded to continue shooting.
About 30 minutes later, a second pair of officers stopped us on the platform . . . Police: "What are you shooting?" Me: "Uh . . . a student film?" Police: "Well, how long are you going to be?" Inside, I'm thinking, "YES!" Me: "Umm, about 20 minutes?" Police: "Okay . . . try to hurry up." We continued to shoot for another 40 minutes, until finally, the loudspeakers on the platform announced: "THERE IS NO SHOOTING PERMITTED ON THE PLATFORM!" I put my camera away, and we left. We had gotten most of the shots we had wanted by then.
I've shot in the Metro before, and was told I could shoot, but couldn't use a tripod. Upon entering Union Station, a security guard saw my camera (a full-sized, shoulder-mount, video camera), and asked if I was going to be shooting in there, and I quickly replied, "no," and hurried by her. While I'm still unsure if shooting is explicitly prohibited in the station, it certainly isn't encouraged. However, if you have production insurance, the permit for shooting on any MTA property is actually free. Although, there is an additional fee charged, used to pay an MTA staffer to monitor your activity.
How this post relates to my still photography:
I'm planning a series of new still photographs of both Alejandra, and another model, to be shot in many of these exact, same locations, with both a full-frame D-SLR (D700, or better), and my "new" Nikon N90s, 35mm SLR (shooting black and white) for all-new portfolio pieces. While I'm still in the planning stages for these shoots, I'm very confident that the tools and techniques I've chosen to use will meet both the technical challenges and aesthetic goals of each shoot, and hopefully make for some successful photographs that can really stand on their own merit.
Kudos to NR:
Joining this site and, of all places, recently joining a skiing forum, has really re-inspired my interests in still photography again. After quite a long creative lull, I'm really excited about photography once more, and I'm anxious to execute ideas that, although have long been envisioned, have never been photographed. An often-used method to gain inspiration is to view others' work, and among the most inspiring for me here has been Regulator's, and for that, I thank him generously. My thanks also goes to NR's Administrator for creating this site in the first place, its moderators for maintaining this fun and informative forum, and all of the other members here for sharing both their work and their knowledge.