Playing with available light creates all kinds of opportunities to creep out your viewer. Take for example Sofeya of the band Sofeya and the Puffins. By anyone’s measure, she is quite a beautiful woman, but with the right lighting, inside a giant brewers cask at Bube’s Brewery in Mt. Joy, PA, she can appear downright (wonderfully) creepy.
This photo was shot with a Nikon D800 at high ISO, a Nikon 15-35 F/4G lens, and ambient light. The VR saved the photo, but there’s still enough grain in the shot to fill a sand trap. That’s what you get when you push the limits of your camera and lens.
Any grrrl that has her own snake should be smart enough to know not to date an evil, undead clown. Gertrude is an exception. All you evil, undead clowns out there take heart – you need not spend your life alone eating Cheetos and watching porn movies; There’s a lid for every pot.
A straight-on, hand-held Nikon flash was fired slightly off camera using Nikon’s wireless CLS system to create an even fill. The aperture was stopped down to reduce ambient intrusion, however you may notice a second head growing out of clown boy’s cheek.
Check out Sofeya and the Puffins during our photo shoot at the historic and eclectic 19th-Century restaurant, dinner-theater, bar, hotel and brewery – that’s Bube’s Brewery (pronounced ‘boobies’ for all you Beavis and Butthead fans out there), located in Mt. Joy, PA.
The photo, a fun go-to shot for me when I’m shooting bands, requires the band members to stand stiff, arms at their sides, and open their eyes as wide as they can, like dolls – or maybe cadavers. It’s a fun ice breaker and it makes for a quirky photo.
This photo was made with a Nikon D800, a wonderfully compact Tokina 28-70mm F2/8 Pro-ATX lens, and two Nikon speedlights of dubious vintage. The speedlights were controlled by Nikon’s wireless CLS system. It got a little tricky as we were in tight quarters and it was hard to keep the split light’s sensor (located in the hallway) within visual range and yet not too close to the subject on the right.
Defy death. Defy mortality. Defy the everyday muggle world and all of the limitations that the bastards who run this asylum try to pile upon you. Believe in faeries. Believe in aliens. Believe in ghosts.