Shadows & Feet
Or what to shoot from Starbucks when you’re bored
The other day I was sitting in the window at one of my regular Starbucks pit-stops, and I was trying to write some content for my blog, but I was struck by a bad case of writers block. I was sitting there staring out the window hoping for creativity, and then I began playing with my camera while I sipped my coffee.
It started by accident. I had set the camera to black and white, and I was zoomed in, not pointing at anything in particular when I noticed that I had an interesting little composition going on. As people crossed the frame, the string backlight was casting shadows and creating a very distinctive strong graphic look to the shots, and as people walked across the frame, I was creating an interesting series of pictures. While they’re just a series of feet, the light creates an almost ink and paper look to the images.
I helped this along in post production too. For these shots I edited them in Capture One and I used one of the looks from my “SilverLUX” package. One of the looks in the set was designed to create a high contrast look, so combined with the already harsh backlight, it worked well to create this graphic look.
I made a little video too, which is even cooler. Check it out on my YouTube channel. Incidently I shot this using the Acros film simulation mode on the X-Pro 2
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