Did a final location scout a week before the first shoot, on the same date and time. Initially I wanted to use an area familiar to the subject, but realized that I would have less control over the locations. I want locations with linear perspective, perhaps roads or paths to symbolize the journey the migrants are on. It was not until after I reviewed the location scout contact sheet that I realized how much I liked image 19, see Image Gallery Fig. 3. There are repeated bollards on the road and the trees frame the street in very nicely, creating a nice enclosed space along with a repeated pattern, which enhances the linear perspective. I planned to photograph Deng on the curb placing his head close to the vanish point.
The first subject for this series wa Deng from South Sudan, we met and I interviewed him a few days before, so the day of we could focus on capturing the photographs. I shot in the morning at 8AM ANNIE LEIBOVITZ QUOTE ON LIGHT IN THE MORNING. I was using flash on the subject, my intention was light the subject one stop over the ambient exposure (f8, 1/30). The camera was set to the flash exposure of f11, 1/30. What I failed to realize at the time was that by setting my background exposure is really controlled by the shutter when using flash. For future shoots I will try to remember that as I would like to bracket the background exposure to see what it would look like darker to lighter than the subject.
The images are soft photographing wide open is difficult to do with a Deardorff, as I had mentioned before, the ground glass is not as bright and the focus control is not that smooth.
Machinski, J. (2019) Contact Sheet. August 2109. Unpublished.
Machinski, J. (2019) Deng & Larry 01. August 2109. Unpublished.
Machinski, J. (2019) Deng & Larry 02. August 2109. Unpublished.
Machinski, J. (2019) Deng 01. August 2109. Unpublished.
Machinski, J. (2019) Deng 02. August 2109. Unpublished.
Machinski, J. (2019) Deng 03. August 2109. Unpublished.
Machinski, J. (2019) Deng 04. August 2109. Unpublished.