ONE FRAME: Child of the Sun
ONE FRAME is post series in which I break down a single image to give you a bit of insight on how I shot it, what I was inspired by, and why I made the decisions I did. I love hearing photographers talk about why they do what they do and I always end up learning little bits of information from those conversations. ONE FRAME is my way sharing my behind-the-scenes with the photo community. Make sure to hover over the icons on the image below to reveal the breakdown.
Canon 5d III + 35mm 1.4L
Most of you may have never even seen this image from me but it’s actually one of my all-time favorites. I shot it a few years back when I was becoming way too comfortable with shooting in that dynamic late-afternoon light that is still a staple of my style. Too much of the same thing turns into stale work and I always try to grow before my work becomes boring instead of trying to push it further afterwards. In an effort to shoot some softer, grittier editorial portraits, I shot in the early morning which gave me an entirely different type of light to play in.
One of my favorite things about morning shoots is that often the haze is still out, adding a ton to the atmosphere and taking a lot of the contrast out of the background making your subject in the foreground really pop. That same haze turns the sunlight breaking the horizon into a soft glowing light that envelops your subject instead creating harsher shadows like late-afternoon light would. The late-afternoon light is perfect for those more dynamic images that I typically shoot because it has the strength and warmth to create a bit of energy in a frame. It’s perfect for happy-go-lucky lifestyle work but the morning light is great for editorial and softer fashion work because of the peaceful atmosphere that the hazy light provides. Long story short, all light is different. Learn your light folks. It matters.
Also, I’m so excited to open up spots for the next few FOSTER Workshops! Come join Katch Silva and I in Joshua Tree, CA or Ryan Flynn and I in Big Indian NY this summer for a few days filled with education and high fives. Learn more and sign up by clicking on the image below to be taken to the FOSTER website. See you there!