I recently promised a quick BTS from my recent trip to Myanmar (Burma) to answer the many questions regarding my on-location kit when travelling.
The photo I will use as an example here was the one that attracted most comments regarding the technical aspects of the shoot.
|Camera:||Canon EOS 5D Mark II (not III)|
|Lens:||EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Shot at 105 mm
|Exposure:||1/320 sec, f/4, ISO 1000, UV filter|
One of the questions I got asked several times was, whether I had carried a black backdrop/background/reflectors etc with me all the way from Sydney to Myanmar? and the answer is no! If I was working on assignment I would have had a much larger equipment allowance as compared to my 14 kgs. I had with me on this trip. One of the things you learn from limiting yourself, is to see the opportunities and possibilities in the area you are and if you look at the shot below, you will see that the back-drop is the entrance to a primitive building which doubles as a great background
By moving the subject very close to the door opening I managed to:
- keep the sun-light out due to the tin roof overhead
- to use the long end of the lens and isolate my subject against the black background.
The downside to this shooting was that my time with the subject was very limited so I had to act quickly and did not have time to set-up speed lights or to use my tri-grip reflector to warm up the colours a bit- my only option was to crank up the ISO (as I already had maxed out the aperture)
I personally believe the shot turned out very well.
If you have any great time saving little tricks when travelling with your camera, feel free to comment below.
Thanks for reading