Training at Sunrise

I’m starting to go back and actually start writing some posts on the blog so you all may have seen these things before, but now I get to talk about them!

You all may recognize Marc LeBlanc in these images from a couple shoots earlier this year. Marc is a personal trainer, professional runner, model at The Beauty Within Model Management, and currently a team runner for FitVine Wine. The the time of this particular photo shoot, he was training for the 2015 Ottawa Marathon.

We were both itching to shoot again so decided to brave the windy 10 degree weather in Newport for another shoot at sunrise. After wandering up and down the Cliff Walk the week before, we found a great spot without hand-rails, fences, or the seawall.

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lighting-diagram-48mvmsuudkWe were losing (gaining?) light fast so tried moving as quickly as we could , which helped keep us warm too. For most of the shots I only had two speedlights going, a YN-568EX II with a 1/4 CTO camera-left, and a YN-560EX III with a 1/2 CTO camera right. The original plan was to use a pair of Westcott shoot-through umbrellas but the wind was not agreeing with my super-lightweight light stands. Bare-bulb turned out great anyway so everything was well.

One great thing about shooting on a rocky beach like this is that there’s no need to bring sandbags! The Manfrotto 5001B stands are wonderful but certainly work better on flat ground. On rocks, you can move them around to stabilize the stands to minimize sudden change in orientation. The 5001B’s are otherwise really durable so they escape with just a couple scratches.

ALX-9867-2The shot above had almost the same lighting setup, except there was one additional flash on my camera. It was a YN-565EX with a diffuser on it, pointed off to the left, right at the tree branch to give it a bit of color.
All of the shots in this collection were taken with a Canon 6D with a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS.

One thing that’s important to mention is that as a photographer, you can’t be afraid to get down and dirty. This shoot in particular may not be the greatest example of that, but my point stands. By getting down on the icy ground using a small boulder as a pillow, I was able to zoom out and get a much more compelling angle than I would have had I stayed in a more comfortable position. Dirt brushes off, missed shots don’t.

One more tip before I go:

Keep your people warm! Bring hand-warmers, hot coffee, an extra hat and gloves, anything that can make your job easier and not to mention safer, during the shoot. Assistants can help set this all up for you too; while you’re setting up send one to go pick up coffee for the crew. The extra $20 you spend will speak miles to anyone involved.





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