I was quite concerned leading up to the weekend if the choice for a outdoor beach shoot as the next installment for the community project series was a wise one..... I received quite a few phone calls leading up to the event during the week with participants expressing their concerns, they weren't the only ones feeling the winter blues trust me. Weather reports leading up the event eased my mind, but New Zealand's weather is so variable and quite temperamental at the best of times that anything can happen at a moments notice.
With the first two shots (posted above) I decided to share and quite clearly demonstrate the brilliant weather we had, the overcast sky and beaming sun rays presented our group with many fine photographic image creation opportunities. Sweaty in the sun and chilly in the shade, our group of nine photographers and five models owned the west coast beach at Muriwai. Despite the large group and a few organisational hick-ups at the beginning which had us running a little behind schedule, once organised we enjoyed and shot between the wonderful 4pm afternoon sun till sunset.
The yellow tones cast across the landscape looked majestic and had everyone at least a little mesmerized. Landscapes aside, we actually came to do some portrait photography!! The early afternoon sun proved to be quite challenging with harsh shadows beaming across our model's faces but with the use of reflectors, diffusers, speed-lights and the shade provided by the few trees on the otherwise barron scape allowed for some beautifully simple, yet effective lighting setups.
It was great to see everyone getting along so pleasantly with plenty of laughs as we all collaborated and orked towards a common goal. We split the group into teams of three (two photographers to one model) the best we could so there was always one person to hold a reflector or diffuser to make working under the direct lighting conditions a little easier.
Stay tuned for more work from this project, it got a bit late after the shoot and I couldn't keep my eyes on the MAC so its time for bed and my edits will start in the morning. Hopefully you found this event inspirational and will consider joining our mailing list and coming along to the next one.