Nothing ever goes right, but it usually ends up interesting.
I thought this spot was cursed. I’ve tried to shoot bands here a couple times before and it always fell through. My efforts have been foiled by band members not showing up early enough to give me time before they had to get ready to play as well as people leaving right after their set. I refuse to see the shoots that didn’t happen as a failure, though.
They were necessary for the simple reason that by the time I actually got a band like Tactical Ffever in front of this wall, I had it pretty well planned out. Which was a good thing since we had a car waiting for us during one of the 30 second long exposures before coming through the parking lot. That shot is below.
Despite some obvious flaws, I kept it because I look at it longer than I look at the first image. That means it has more to say. Those car headlights screwed up the face sharpness, but they did provide a nice side lighting to the mid- and background. This gives me an idea to start lighting the background to provide some more separation.
Just when I think I’m getting the hang of this type of long exposure portraiture, I figure out another thing I want to control, and realize that I have a lot less under my control than I would like. That’s what makes it interesting.
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