I have been waiting for this shoot for eight months. I had to wait for the water level to get high enough so that the pier was under water. The last time the water level was that high was back in December 2015. Back then I accidentally drove by when the pier was under water. I grabbed my camera, walked out and got some shots during sunset with a long shutter. One of those images is in the portfolio if you want to have a look at that.
When I photographed the bench back in December 2015 I knew that I had to photograph a person on that bench. The first idea that came to my mind was a man in a suit reading a paper on a bench in the middle of the ocean. I don’t know why. I just liked it and it’s different. 🙂
On the 8th of August 2016 I saw that the water level was very high when I was out driving. I immediately turned and drove out to the pier. The pier was under water. I drove home, made a couple of phone calls to get a hold of a model and an assistant, which I got a hold of. We met, drove out, walked out on the pier and started shooting. All this within two hours.
It was a little crazy with the wind, waves and the gear. I did not get the chance to find an angle that I was satisfied with because of the waves and water splashing all the time. I quickly found a nice exposure with the camera that looked ok, and I turned on TTL on the flash and started shooting and hoping for the best. I told the assistant move to forward, backward, towards me, away from me etc. all the time to get a little different light on the model.
Camera was Canon 5D Mark III with a Canon 24-70mm lens.
Settings on the camera were around this: Shutter 1/160, aperture f/3.5 and ISO 100.
Focal length 35mm.
The flash is 1x Profoto B1 with an Profoto OCF Beauty Dish White 24″.
Below are some of the images I photographed. The two last images are how it was photographed and after my post production.
A short video of us walking out to the bench:
This is the image I am most pleased with, and here you can see how it was photographed and the changes I did in post.
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