Shoot: Fish Tank Image
We're in this tiny, little, dirty room where we have the fish tank. And I'm very sad to say that we have extremely cold water in this fish tank, 'cause we had to hook up a hose, and that was what we had available. So we've got our extremely brave model getting in this water very slowly right now, acclimating to it, but we're gonna get this done really fast, because it is not a comfortable situation that we are in. The goal here is to have her completely integrated into this scene, so I'm going to have her first facing us, and you can keep your eyes closed, and don't worry about what your face is doing, just as long as you try to keep it a little bit calm. Which is really hard to do, I know. And aside from that, aside from her straight-on to me, I'm going to have her do one more pose on her back, so that she's floating on her back. Just down in the water as much as she can be. So those are going to be the two images that we do, and I'm going to set up, and you just tell me when you are ...
ready, and then we will get this done. So I'm getting my focus, as we do, I'm going to take a test shot. Which is looking beautiful. I've chosen red fabric so that it will stand out in the water, and we'll be able to see the flow of it, and I've chosen black hair so that we also see that standing out. Really quickly, I'm going to add some almond milk into the water to add a little bit of murkiness. Shake it up a little. And we'll get that mixed in. (water splashing) If you wanna kick your leg a little. Yup, get that moving in that, yeah there we go. See, it's warming, too. (both laugh) I wish, I wish. I'll just put a slight bit there. Okay, and then that's going to create some atmosphere in this water that I'm really excited about. Just a little bit of murkiness matching the dust in the room. Okay, and you know what, I love your hand on the glass too, so if you want to stay like that, that would be awesome. And I'm trying to be really flexible here, just making sure that our model is as comfortable as possible, which is not possible, but as much as we can.
(laughs) We're getting there, almost.
(laughs) Okay, I'm on your schedule, so whenever you want, we will do this. And I have my focus, I have my exposure. I'm at 1/180th of a second, ISO 1000, and F 2.8 right now. And I am ready to go.
Okay. (camera shutter clicks) Brilliant. That is perfection. (camera shutter clicks) Good. We definitely got that. Very good. Perfect, perfect. You are fantastic! So if you can, we'll do just that one more, and then we'll get you out of there.
Uh, the same one?
Nope, on your back. That was super fantastic.
And you want the arms--
They can be, if you need to stabilize yourself, go ahead, otherwise you can let them float at your sides, or up at your chest, whatever you feel is gonna keep you (both chuckle) in the same spot best. (camera shutter clicks) Perfect. This is really beautiful. Good. Okay, I can't tell her to come up of course, because she is in the water. Aw, look at her go! This is a very brave soul (laughs) in here, because it is not warm at all. Okay. Perfect, perfect. (model gasps) So we've got the shot. I'm going to quickly get her out of the water, and we're gonna move on, but that looked completely atmospheric, beautiful, perfect. And thank you so much.
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