As soon as we drift into the autumn, lazily meandering through country lanes and enjoying the changing colours of the trees, the lowering sun which can be a pain for drivers and photographers alike, brings with it changing light darkening the blue sky and contouring the fields and buildings that look so bland in the full glare of the summer sun.
And so it was back in October, when I was invited by long term client Gibson Dunn & Crutcher to take shots for their 2015 graduate recruitment brochure. They have a fantastic roof garden with great views of the City and Westminster and it was suggest that it would make a good location for this years's shoot. I started the session in the early afternoon, sunny but quite windy, turning the reflector (needed to lighten the shadows) into a very effective sail!
The Yin and Yang of this shoot was the position of the low sun, that so enhanced the cityscape, was equally determined to find its way into the camera lens. To explain why this might be an issue, try staring into the sun (not to be advised) and see how that affects your view of the world! The upside of the seasonal light was to characterise the resulting photographs in a way which might seem technically imperfect, but produces a quality of modelling which is impossible to replicate in other times of the year.
As spring approaches, the sun offers longer days to explore the changing season offering new and exciting challenges!