Shoot: Sand Image
We're in this little tiny room with this one little tiny window and we're doing the sand shoot, which has been a lot of logistics to get to this place. Because when I was planning this shoot, I wrote down that I needed 800 pounds of sand and I put a little question mark next to it because I did not know if that was going to be possible, especially since we're out in the middle of nowhere and it ended up being possible. And here we are in this little tiny space with all of this sand and this beautiful chair. And the goal here is to create this super atmospheric very old feeling image and I think that we're going to be able to achieve that with this little tiny window with this light streaming in. Which is a situation that I would actually not shoot in generally. It's my natural instinct to shoot with the window light coming straight in at somebody rather than sweeping across the scene in this very diagonal sort of way. So I'm challenging myself in this space and I think that aside from ...
that lighting challenge, it's going to be a really beautiful image. And I'm really excited to see how it goes. But we have a couple of things that we have to do here in order to make it work. First of all we do have sand, but we have apple boxes put in place to try to hold the sand in because we didn't want the sand to just sort of spill everywhere into this room because then it wouldn't be piled up around the chair like I wanted. So we have things holding it in and just when I'm about to shoot, I'll move all of that away, let the sand spill down a little bit more and hope that everything stays in position long enough. I actually ended up choosing this room because the floor slants in the direction of the sand which is really helpful so that the sand doesn't immediately roll away. That would be completely terrible and a waste of 800 pounds of sand, which we're going to donate to playground afterwards. So all is well. But we have to get started here, get our model in place, so Kristen if you wouldn't mind just taking a seat on the chair.
There goes sand.
There it goes. Awesome, okay that's perfect. And she instinctively sat down in exactly the right position, this is exactly what I want you do to. So you are perfect right now and I'll pose you in just a second. But first I'm going to get the sand moving around here. You can see that it's already streaming in the window light, which I did not anticipate. And I am so excited about that. Because I think if we can capture that in the image, that's going to be beautiful. So I'm going to just really gently move this tarp. And, okay, this is good. So I'm just going to cover up the tarp a little bit. Just make sure that we don't see that as much as possible. I know that part of the goal here was to not dirty this house, but you know when you're in the moment you just do what you have to do and then you cross your fingers that no one's mad at you afterwards. Or at least that's my theory. So here go the apple boxes. This is like an adult's dream, right? Like it's not just for children. Okay, we've got one out. So far so good. And the thing that I should mention is that if for whatever reason we can't cover this tarp, that's okay I'll just get another shot later of the sand hitting the floor. And we don't have to worry too much about that. I think this apple box is now filled with sand, so. Yep, there it goes. Oh my gosh. Okay, that looks good. Wow. And then we've got a couple extra bags. I know that I do see these back here, these apple boxes. I'm gonna leave that one, cause it's just in the shadow. And I actually think that one will be completely covered as well because of that strip of shade that's in there so I'm not worrying about that right now. But I am going to cut these open, with some scissors. (plastic ripping) Let's see what we can do here. I may be small, but I'm very strong. Oh it looks so good. I'm like a little kid right now, are you doing okay?
Okay. There and then one more for this side here. (plastic ripping) That one little flap, okay. There we go. Alright, we did it. It's very dusty in here. Maybe that's obvious already. But I'm just going to smear this around just slightly. This is a professional technique of making sure that the sand looks really natural. I just made it up myself. And we're gonna get that out of there. Okay I'm going to build it up a little bit around the dress. And now I'm going to decorate our subject. So as if you're not decorated enough, I'm going to put some sand on you. There, oh, look at that. It sticks really nicely, so that's really good. I'm making sure that she actually looks integrated into this sand pile not like we just sat her down here. And the sand is sticking beautifully. So this looks really good. Get some up here, you can move your hands if you want.
Want them messed?
Yeah. We have a model who likes to play so this is really good. Okay, now I'm going to have you get in position. Your position is going to be letting it actually fall off your shoulders and you'll just sort of hunch this way, just fall this direction. Yes, exactly, that's very good. And I'm going to take a look. I'll let you know if anything needs to change. But for now, I'm just going to let your back show a little bit right here. That'll be good. And I'm going to take a look through my camera. So I'm actually switched over to a 25mm lens. And this is going to allow me to see what I need to see in this room to start. This is looking so beautiful through my camera. I'm very excited here. And I'm already getting ideas about editing so I'm already starting to think, should I take that window out of the picture or should I leave it in and actually edit something out that window that's relevant to this scene. So I'm not sure yet what I'm going to do, but we'll find out later. So I'm going to take my first shot, 'cause I actually love this pose. So I'm going to capture this as it is. That looks just beautiful. And then I'm going to take a couple extra shots around the space. And now we're going to try one more pose just to make sure that I have some options in this room. So I'm going to have you actually turn your body a little bit more this way, just your upper body, yep. And then just fall forward. Yep, no, that was perfect. That's exactly what I want. And then I might have you just angle a little bit so if you wouldn't mind taking your left shoulder up and your right shoulder down more, yep exactly. Perfect. And then I'll just really quickly shoot a couple more images there. Okay, and then I lied, as all photographers do. So if you can sit up in the chair once more. And I'm actually gonna have you stay sitting up with your arms exactly as they are but turn your upper body away from me as much as you can.
You want me this way, or?
Facing away as much as you can. Yep, just like that. And then let's have you take your shoulders toward the corner of the room even more. Yep, and then actually lean into the corner of the room. Good and then, again I lied. But I'm going to have you take this arm forward, yep, and then hold on and turn away just like that, perfect. Okay. And I'm going to shoot this really fast. (shutter clicks) Good. (shutter clicking) Okay. And we are finished with that shoot. So you can get comfortable. And what I was thinking about there was just allowing her to look fragile in this space where sand is symbol of time and letting our subject sort of blend right into the floor in this very old chair in this very old dress, looking like she belongs in this space. So I'm really excited to try out this new type of lighting for me, see how it goes and I think it's going to fit really well into the series which we're going to keep shooting now.