Blackwood Falls


Well…my last blog entry was August 21st, 2015, so I’m clearly REALLY on top of this whole blogging thing. It’s hard to be motivated, because sometimes it feels a bit self-indulgent, but I’m hopeful that some of these are interesting to people.

Regardless, it was my New Year’s resolution to get back into blogging, so what better time to start that then 3 months into the New Year ;)

Now I know what you’re thinking, I got so attached last year and then you just disappeared and I sank into a deep depression without your blog. I know. I know. 2016 was hard on all of my hardcore blog fans. But, never fear because I have just put together a list of 36 weeks-worth of blog posts, each more scintillating than the last. So buckle up for the next 9 months of non-stop entertainment!

In order to do this, we’re diving back into the archives and pulling up things that I likely should have blogged a year ago until we catch up with current time.

To start off, we’re going on a journey to Blackwood Falls, a thriller in development by Round Table Pictures. They asked me to put together some concept images for their poster so we trekked into the Santa Monica Mountains and dragged our equipment, including a full lighting set up, 2 miles in 85 degree heat.

My assistant (the lovely Alex Cederquist – whose images you can see at here) had to deal with much equipment dragging and for that I am forever grateful.

Once we got to the site we began to play around with set ups that would showcase the peril of the main character who is pursued by a mysterious stranger. In order to create the dark and moody evening light in the late afternoon we gelled the front light orange and then white balanced to keep our actress’s skin tone normal, creating a blue glow in the lighting behind.

Below are some of our favorite images. As always, don’t hesitate to contact me with questions. Most of these were shot on a Nikon D810 with a 24-70 2.8 at ISO 250, f4.5 and 1/250. The final images were shot using a single blue gelled back light with no front light at ISO 800, f2.8 and 1/80.

















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