Just back from a fab weekend away in the tiny and blissfully quiet town of Glen Davis, NSW. The abandoned Glen Davis mines was our shooting destination and having spent a little time researching the mines online, the remaining old ruins and rubble spoke to me and whispered - The Godfather. It’s times like this being married to a Sicilian who was actually nicknamed The Godfather in high school, made my search for a model all too easy. No real need to explain this concept. My Godfather was suitably appointed with dark sunnies, suite, black shirt, white tie and of course a gun to shoot the bad people. The shovel next to the conveniently dug ditch hopefully speaks to the dark deeds perpetrated and in need of cover up.
Started with one light and stayed with one light. With all those windows light seemed to be coming at us from all directions. I was excited to be using my brand spanking new Canon 600EX RT and the equally impressive transmitter ST E3 RT, and damn was it liberating being able to control my light the entire time from camera. The flash was soft boxed and boomed to camera left in a cinch. Another piece of equipment which has literally freed me from the shackles of straight up lighting is the tank like C stand. I could probably hang one of the kids off that sucker and it still wouldn’t budge. A sturdy, reliable and worthwhile piece of gear to invest in if you serious about lighting.
I had planned to shoot a variety of detail/ story telling shots and by planned I had literally drawn up a list of proposed shots. I had also researched Mafia/ Gangster images for lighting inspiration and also to get my model’s Godfather juices flowing.
However, as always finding a location and then working through what’s in front of you takes time and that’s assuming you have scouted and found your viewpoint and got an inkling of where you want to start. Light goes up, fire a few frames, check it out and adjust. This process repeats itself over and over until you arrive at an image that you think ‘may’ work. This is when shooting with family and friends is great. You can play around and experiment with no real concern other than placating your personal creative ego that aspires to at least one or two GOOD images. Before I knew it, our stomachs were grumbling and the extremities of our bodies were well and truly numb in the fresh Glen Davis air.
You can check out some of the images from the shoot featured under the Portfolio menu. In case you’re wondering, the firearm is just an air rifle with an empty chamber, trust me I checked! . Best we not let anyone else in on that little secret, it would probably kill, so to speak, the whole sinister and dangerous Sicilian Mafia look.
Allora tutto bene,