Summer Coda_Serenity on Set

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 USM L series lens @ 105mm. Exposure Details: 1/10 second @ f4 ISO 3200

With only a few days left on the Mildura component of the Australian motion picture film Summer Coda the actors and crew were busy filming in a house in a quiet Mildura street. It was a very warm evening and the twilight produced a beautiful light that reminded me somewhat of the qualities inherent in the work of controversial Australian fine-art photographer Bill Henson.

I can best describe the light as having a painterly quality that seemed to render the subjects, in the split second during which the shutter was released, poised in the moment in a way that transcends time.

The top image features Dean Ryan, the film’s sound recordist, photographed with the aim of side light to emphasize shape.

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 USM L series lens @ 90mm. Exposure Details: 1/10 second @ f4.5 ISO 6400.

The image above features Tone Moore, one of two boom operators who worked on the film. I made use of an exterior light source that, together with the perspiration gathering on Tone’s face, helped add an extra sense of 3-dimensionality to the image. This extra light source is also evident as fantastic catch lights in his eyes, which really brings the image to life.

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 USM L series lens @ 99mm. Exposure Details: 1/10 second @ f4 ISO 1600.

In the final image I choose to use the day’s very last light to illuminate Jake. The black-and-white rendering allows me to emphasize the subtle tonality within the image.

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