For the third and last night of the shoot I did another location scout with Susie. Originally in Prospect Park, because I was thinking one of the overpasses would make a great “gate to hell”. We rode our bikes around the park and found some promising options. But getting a permit in the park is harder than on a street and the people in charge were responding in super slo-mo to my requests. By now it was late October and we had to get a move on. Plus some of these bridges are hard to reach by car and schlepping all our gear through the great outdoors at night is not as appealing as it sounds.
So I hopped back on the bike and did another scout in Dumbo and found this great gateway in one of the pillars of the Manhattan bridge. There was a very similar one on the other side of the street and a man likes to have options.
We got a permit no problem at the Mayor’s office for film.
I shot again with the RZ, the P25 and a 150mm lens.
I brought my own and Tobie’s 7b kits, borrowed a Hensel Porty kit from Stephen Mallon and rented a smoke machine plus generator from TREC.
The crew was Myriam and Claudia, who also dragged along her photographer friend Anja, visiting from Germany.
Susie did her own hair this time and did a nice job duplicating the original do.
We waited for 2 hours at the location to make sure nobody put their car in our shot after the no parking expired at 6pm. We started shooting right after sundown.
There is a Profoto head up the street lighting Susie from behind and there are 2 more lights across the street aimed at Susie and the bridge. There is also a Hensel head inside the bridge close to the ground lighting up the inside and the smoke. Every head had a regular reflector.
Claudia was working the computer and Myriam smoked up the joint like nobody’s business which leads to an interesting aside: even though there was a ton of smoke billowing from the support structure of the Manhattan Bridge ( a major NY traffic artery ) nobody and I mean nobody ever stopped and asked what we were doing. Is that a good thing? Is that a bad thing? I dunno, but it’s something.
Anyways the 2 pics were quick and relatively easy and we made it back in time to watch Letterman (and not Leno).