The Disney Concert Hall in LA (Designed by architect Frank Gehry) is one magnificent building and at dawn it’s an incredible experience. Marcia and I drove into town early Sunday morning, found it with no problems, and were able to park right along the street beside the building. Dark when we arrived, the skies were clear and the morning glow soon began. Except for a city bus every 5 minutes (and later a few other photographers), the place was deserted. A photographer can’t ask for more than this! To my LA photog friend Bettina … sorry we couldn’t connect. Next time for sure.
They would be the Sunrise Gods.
Received a call from a new client on Wednesday who needed an image that would illustrate ‘A new sunrise on the horizon’. And she needed it by Tuesday. We scouted the site Thursday, chose an angle that would work the sunrise, and planned to shoot it the following morning. I knew it would be clear, so we were good there. But, the shot also needed two other critical elements. First, some clouds … not too many, but enough to add that etherial quality that the client wanted. Second, it had to be calm so I could do my flash-painting. In the end, the SRG’s shown down upon us offering beautiful skies, calm conditions, and a real sun that showed up at just the right place. A special thanks to Beth, at Masterpiece Marketing, who didn’t mind getting up way before dawn to make things happen … and was a complete pleasure to work with. And to Marcia … always there, willing to do what’s necessary to oil the machine. We’re expecting around 6 inches of snow, so I’m glad this one is on my hard drive.
This from a shoot at a local Retirement Community. It was one of the primary shots and we went to great lengths to assure that all of the lights would be on at dawn and checked the weather to be sure of no chance of rain. Ask me how that worked.
Well, the lights were computerized and unfortunately those above the red awning weren’t lit. Being key to the shot, a 5am call was made to a technician who came in to wake them up. First problem solved. Then, about an hour before we planned to start setting up for the shot … you guessed it … rain. Not a lot, but we didn’t want wet pavement for the shot. Nor did I want my camera, laptop, or lighting equipment sprinkled upon. But, the photo gods blessed us by chasing the rain away soon enough for the deck to dry (with the help of everyone fanning their jackets) and allowing just enough time to stage and complete my lighting dance. Many thanks to Nicole and Kaytlin from Benchmark and of course, Marcia. This and seven other shots wouldn’t have been possible without their hard work. Tech notes: Interior lights, those over the awning, and a few small lights on the stone columns are existing. And the fire is real. All other lighting came from my single flash on a pole which allowed me to quickly move from one spot to the next . I lit about 15 different segments which were then combined in PS.