I finally managed to get out and shoot the first images of my new project, Frozen. The plan was to find a location interesting enough to be a motive in itself and combine that with a long exposure portrait. I have always liked the view of St Paul’s from the Millennium Bridge so the location was easy. The one thing I knew I wanted was the model to wear a hat, and for my first project I was looking for a simpler, elegant style of clothing. Now all I needed was a model.
Then out of nowhere, Instagram actually, a volunteer appears who looks great in a hat and even often wears one. Melike, and one of her hats, agreed to meet up with me outside Tate Modern on a gloriously overcast day. We chatted while I was setting up and I explained the idea behind the shoot. Melike is a trained lawyer and has no modelling experience, but quickly got the idea and she did not even laugh at me demonstrating some of the poses.
After a few tests shots I decided a shutter speed of 1 second seemed to be the perfect balance of blurring the movements of the pedestrians and ‘freezing’ Melike. For an even sharper subject I might first shoot a few background shots with a shutter speed of 1-3 seconds and then blend in the subject from photos with a much faster shutter speed.
All images taken with a Fuji X-T1 + XF16-55mmF2.8 lens and a Lee Filters Little Stopper with a 2ND stop soft grad.
Afterwards we had time over for a few natural light portraits before we had to seek refuge in a nearby Starbucks when it started raining. I had a fantastic time and a huge thank you to Melike for taking the time do this and I hope you all agree she did a fantastic job.