This is the first picture on Monday.
We started setting up early in the afternoon. The location is Grotto, a very good Italian style restaurant at 100 Forsyth Street in the Lower East Side.
David, one of the owners is another guy I play soccer with and he also catered some of my ad shoots in the past (Monterone). He graciously let us use his place for free and provided a fantastic lunch for a friendship price.
The models are Pramod and Linh.
Linh is wearing a slight variation on his outfit from the night before.
Pramod is a good friend, a talented musician and a headhunter. His office is in Soho and he just came on over during a slightly extended lunch break. He is wearing clothes we picked a few days earlier during a closet inspection at his house.
The poison bottle I found in my kitchen cabinet. It’s actually very nice Balsamico. The original label was replaced by one I printed on a sticker.
We came to this shoot with a slimmed down kit. No sandbags, no c-stands, fewer batteries. Claudia and Myriam were on set.
The location was a long narrow room with dark wood. We positioned 2 lights in the front, left and right of camera and we pointed a third light from the back towards the models. All three lights were raised close to the ceiling. There was also a fourth light aimed at the back wall to get some detail in the wood.
Nice lunch, quick shoot, there was even a parking spot right outside the door.
Back to Brooklyn, where everybody had a nap.
The models are Pramod and Ax.
Ax is longtime friend and neighbor, a fellow German and a fellow German photographer. He is also a clothes horse and we had to choose from a lot of great outfits. In the end we decided to go with lean and mean to show how tall and strong he is, which is kind of the point of this particular picture.
The location was in a long, narrow alley under the Manhattan Bridge.
There is a light to the right and light to the left of camera, just outside the frame. We also put a head with a magnum reflector on the ground maybe 20 yards down the alley and pointed it straight at the camera. All the lights in all the shots were triggered with pocket wizards, and thank a higher being of your choice these little buggers exist.
This image is very mildly stretched since I didn’t leave enough room top and bottom for the double page spread layout. Clear case of “Fix it in Post”.
This is the third picture of Monday night.
We were in the park between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge in Dumbo. The location was a mild pain in the ass since there were still a lot of tourists milling around trying to ignore us. But very many “Excuse us, we’re having a photo shoot here, could you move 15 ft to the right or left?”‘s
got the job done.
The models are Ax and Pierre.
Pierre is another (you guessed it) soccer buddy of mine. He’s a fashion designer and very, very nice, but on the pitch he can trash talk with the best of them so he was a very obvious choice for this shoot.
The picture is a composite of 2 frames. We shot the models with a reasonable shutter speed lit by strobes and then the background with a long exposure to catch the ambient light of the skyline. We then put them together in Photoshop.
There are 2 lights on Ax’s to the right out of frame and 2 lights on Pierre to the left out frame. The lights on each side are raised as high as possible and placed close together. There is also a
turned down strobe pointed at the boulder in the foreground.
The star of the picture though is clearly the prop (pet) rock, that Myriam actually owns.
This is the fourth and last picture of monday night.
After the shoot in Brooklyn Bridge Park we packed up and made a quick trip to the Manhattan side. We parked underneath the FDR Drive.
The reason for this location (beside the spectacular view and scary ambience) was that there is actually a little beach under the spot where Pierre climbs over the guard rail, so in case of a fall he would catch a sandy bottom instead of being swept out to sea. Also, this location implies that he actually swam the entire East River to secure the suitcase.
The bike was on loan from Tobias Prasse and the Kryptonite chain is my own.
Pierre and I picked out his wardrobe a few days earlier and we choose this light suit cause we figured it would very easily appear wet. Little did we know, that this garment was made out of some space age material that was almost completely water resistant. We poured on gallons of Poland Spring bought at retail prices and the suit kept looking drier than Chris Buck’s humor.
We finally put the damn suit flat on the ground, doused it and walked on it to get it to absorb a little bit of water. Losing the jacket also helped. Pierre, through all of this was, an excellent sport and stayed committed to the cause.
The image is a composite of 3 frames. We photographed Marcelo and Pierre separately and at a reasonable shutter speed to get them both in focus and then we photographed the background with a long exposure to catch the ambient light on the bridge and the Brooklyn skyline. Sabine did an excellent job putting it all together in Photoshop.
By the time we were done we were all a little past our expiration date and still had to pack up, go back to Brooklyn, unload and back up the files. At around 4am everybody was either in bed or in a cab.
The next day I was up early again to return the equipment to Fotocare, fill up and return Pramod’s van and straighten out the mess we left everything in.
Now Susie and I got ready to travel to Turkey for a few weeks and the the Cover shoot plus the last image had to wait for about 2 months.