On the East Coast this time of year you’re nearly required to leave the house with a few layers and these freezing temperatures lead some us to believe cruising the city in just a simple teeshirt will ever be an option again. Contrary to that belief just a few short months ago it was a daily thing and Tafari Smith proves it right here with some clips from the warmer months cut and captured by our very own Scott Marceau.
It was a cold November afternoon in New York and I was meeting up with Tafari to pedal around downtown. I had my lighter bag with me (not my lightest bag) which consists of usually just one camera body (Canon 1Ds III) with the 50mm f/1.4 attached, fisheye in tow, three flashes (Lumedyne 200w Action Pack, 2x Canon 580EXII) and some PocketWizards. On my way to the meeting point (LES skatepark) I noticed a nice bump in the middle sidewalk right there on Pike street just a few blocks from the park (the bump has since been flattened). Knowing that T is always down to mess around on different/unique setups, I suggested we check out the bump and possibly shoot a simple hop.
It took him a few runs to get a feel for the bump (it took me a few shots to get the results I wanted too) but the final photograph shows a meeting between our minds, culminating in a photo we were both happy with. Then some guy gave us free t-shirts.
Here’s the setup-
I framed him in a cleaner area of the frame- between light posts (not perfectly) with a brighter background so that he’d pop out better. I used a slower shutter (1/125) to mix in some ambient light, and I panned with him to add some pan blur to the background. The Lumedyne in front of him was metering at f/5.6 and the 580EXII behind him was putting out f/8 (with zoom head at 105mm so that the light would hit just him and not a lot of the surrounding area), which, with camera set at f/5.6, gave an optimal balance between key and rim lights. I like the way his jacket is flowing behind him, adding a bit more action to the entire scene. I am very pleased with the color palette of the shot which, to me, feels brisk and autumn-like.
For whatever reason, the rim light didn’t fire on this one. It gives you an idea of what it would look like without-
I did have to burn in some leaves on that tree because my flash was pointed almost right at them and I cropped about 10% off the left side of the frame (it contained a tall orange street chimney spewing steam, which became a distraction). I would have liked to have framed him more precisely between the light posts. Overall, I’m very happy with the shot.
Midnight in a forest of darkened debris, buildings like redwoods, trash strewn in heaps.
Downtown In The Dark
A love for the unknown
The dive into a sea of uncertainty
1. ride bikes 2. shoot photos 3. stay alive
Past Is Prologue
Roads transformed to rivers, paths turned into streams
Hope you got that battery upgrade
Violent crimes, anyone?
More trees than tourists
Traveling with various tripods
An ebb and flow of unprecedented proportions
The night never ends…
…if we never go inside
“You’ll get back to where you came from”
Empirical fires burn in the distance, guiding masses toward the light