Recently I got to shoot former fire fighter turned founder of Grass Shack Media, Mike McAllen, for the latest issue of Connect Magazine. Once the shoot day and time got confirmed, we were on a tight timeline to make the shot happen, both with access to the location as well as with time with our subject.
We were going to be shooting at The Exploratorium which I thought would be a huge relief as I had shot there before and had some ideas from a previous scout. I wanted to do something fun and colorful, and take advantage of this light exhibit that had been on display.
Of course when I told our correspondent on site that I wanted to use this spot, I was informed that the exhibit had since been taken down. So now without time for an additional scout day, I'd have just over an hour to show up, scout, set up, shoot, and wrap before the doors were open to the public.
On the day of the shoot I showed up and got straight to running around to find a new location. I made it all the way to the back of the building to discover this exhibit with various tubes and towers of water and a big wall of windows to backlight the scene.
This was great, but I still felt like I needed to add a little something to spice up the scene. I always keep a pair of small on camera speedlites on hand, usually just for emergencies, but in this case they were the perfect ticket. I stacked them up, one gelled purple and one gelled green, and placed them to rake across the scene and fill the space with color and light. I then set up a small Elinchrom octa box to light our subject and at that point we were ready to go.
Mike arrived just as I finished getting everything set up, and we were ready to go. I made sure to get a few different options locked down and in ten minutes we were wrapped and ready to tear down, just in time for the end of our window of access to spot. Here's how it showed up in print!
Thanks to Stephanie Davis Smith for the assignment, Mike for his time as well as making me look like a tiny person, and Shannon at The Exploratorium for granting us access yet again!