Frozen: Melike

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.

Frozen - Model: Melike
Frozen – Model: Melike

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Don't crack silly jokes when you want your model to stay absolutely still...
Don’t crack silly jokes when you want your model to stay absolutely still…
She is not bored, she is pretend texting. Promise.
She is not bored, she is pretend texting. Promise.

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.

It's windy so you had better hold on to your hat.
It’s windy so you had better hold on to your hat.

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