This is what it takes to work outside on a super windy, not many clouds in the sky day. Our great friends Mike and Laurie Sherwood brought over their bike and created this really nice fall scene set. Mike was so cool, picking up most of the kids, letting them sit on his beautiful Harley and not freaking out about them dragging their shoes over it. Laurie wrote down every email address and Mack made sure each child took at least two pieces of candy. I’m sure their parents are very appreciative of that.
I wouldn’t have attempted using any other stand than a Manfrotto C, it weighs a ton. Then, you hang the Ranger on it, and it isn’t moving. I’ve previously had a really bad experience working in the wind and lost one of my lights, so I don’t take any chances now.
Other essential gear includes a reliable trigger, and I’ve used Pocket Wizards for years! I do love the Elinchrom Skyport for all that it does, especially the output control. For this shot, I thought the Wizard’s were better suited based on the conditions. A great tripod, that I love to use is shown, it is lightweight and durable. Never moved an inch and helped me to not miss any shots. With children, you can’t be glued in the viewfinder, you need eye contact. Your tripod allows you to do that, frame the shot and fire when ready. Saves you a ton of time, and makes editing super easy too.
As you can see, this was a challenging day for photography. The set is almost totally backlit, a little to camera right. Black bike, shadow side of the hay, all the decorations will be a mere silhouette without supplemental lighting. This is an example where you could not do this same shots with one or two speedlights, it would be impossible. Plus, consider the fact that I took over 150 shots. You would spend more time changing batteries than taking pictures! It would also take many of them, strategically placed to even come close to this lighting quality. I’m not totally convinced you could do it at all.
The set up shot is from my Fuji X10 camera. It handles the wide exposure latitude really well, but you still need to be able to control the constantly changing lighting when you shot for a few hours from mid to late afternoon. There just weren’t any short cuts that would have worked.
Our church does this an an outreach to our community every year. Hundreds of kids and families come to the parking lot where they can play games, get some prizes and candy, and be loved on by our people. Sure, it was cold, took some planning and a little hard work, even cost some money. But, it gives us an opportunity to show our neighbors what Jesus would do. To let them know that there is a place they can go where they will be accepted, welcomed and loved. There are a lot of people that care about them and their families.
This was a lot of equipment to take to give photos away! We are emailing all the images to the families this week so they can use them any way they want. Our example is Jesus of course. He freely gave His life, so we can have eternal life with Him. Not a fair trade for the Son of God, but He gladly did it for us. Do you know Him and the gift He has for you? He said, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but by me.” He is waiting to introduce you to his Father as a friend of his. How cool is that? I hope you do, because it will not only change your life, it will change your eternity!