Fifty Portraits in 50 days & The Wind

Continuing with our Fifty Portraits in 50 days project, Fran and I set off into Leeds arriving at the Clarence Dock area at about 111.30am. As we walked in-between the buildings, the sun was trying to break through the clouds but the wind was already picking up which meant using the shoot through umbrella would no doubt be problematic.

Due to the wind, we decided the Lumiquest Softbox LTP might be the best choice of lighting modifier at our first location. Although the colour and texture were ideal the at our first location, a single raised line of metal ran right through Fran’s head which was distracting and despite my best efforts of reframing, I just could not get the location to work, so we decided to try another location.

Apart from problems with the wind, the sun was bouncing off the large glass fronted buildings, this caused additional problems in relation to lighting potential locations, so after walking around trying to find a location that would provide interesting backdrop opportunities, together with providing shelter from the wind and the harsh bright sunshine, we concluded that a wood paneled wall area was about as good as we could get today.

However, we soon discovered that due to the wooded vanished finish, we experienced a few problems with light from the flash reflecting of the wooded surface. Despite trying to move the light stand and reposition the light to address the issue, we did take three images of people who walked past and agreed to have their portrait taken.

Two Hatters

Due to the wind, the harsh winter sun, the cold and unable to use areas we had planned to use, we decided to call it a day and pack up. On the way home we decided to have some lunch and then venture off into Wakefield to scout for possible future locations. We still need to do a lot more scouting for locations in Wakefield, but from the areas we did find, they were just to quiet in terms of footfall, (people walking by) Walking into town I noticed a shop window front that looked interesting. As we had not lighting equipment with us apart from a flash, all I could use would be on camera flash, but I decided to give it a go and ask a few people if I could take their portrait. Despite my confidence and enthusiasim, the first two people I asked were not sure and declined my offer, we were then fortunate with two people then agreeing, a mother and her daughter. Using the shop window and shop interior as the background and on camera flash this was the result.

Mother & Daughter

So, with rain yesterday and issues with wind and harsh sunlight bouncing off the buildings in Clarence Dock, we have hit a few hurdles but have also learned a few more lessons along the way. Overall a bit of a disappointing day, but the people we met and photographed made the experience worth it, I will just have to work a little harder next time.


Author: Fletcher K2Photographic

Fletcher is a Freelance photographer with images featured in Yachts and Yachting, Yorkshire Life Magazine and Equine Health Thoroughbred Owner and Breader. Commissioned work has included the Land Rover Burghley International Horse Trials; Bramham International Horse Trials; Hickstead Derby; The Motocross Nationals; Roger Albert Clark Rally; and the Pirelli Rally. Photography is his passion which is demonstrated through his work.

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