I’ve been shooting photos for a while now, and most times it is pretty much uneventful (minus the event itself). On my last assignment for eLIFE 242 Magazine I was asked to photograph young spoken word artist Tanicia Pratt, so after watching her perform I decided I wanted to place in her in someplace serene to match her work (or what seemed to be serene). I decided to work with the Ocean as my backdrop. I scouted a location that had all the qualities to make up the photograph I wanted. When we got there for this late evening/sunset shoot, the tide was unexpectedly high (bummer), which made the treck to my little outcrop just a little more difficult. Of course that did not detour me from pressing on, so we started to walk out through the water to the ‘lonely rock’.
Unfortunately for me my footing was not secure and on my way out, I slipped and fell and damaged the camera. For most the shoot would be over, but I was already out in the middle of the water wet up to my waist with my equipment. After surveying the camera for damages it was found that my front dial (the one that changes the shutter speed and a few other functions) was not functioning. So for my photographer buddies who shoot on Canon devices, my shutter was stuck and I could not change ISO. What I was left with was a Canon 5D mk II body, a 85mm f1.4 lens and a reflector (and my settings stuck at 1/500 f1.4 @ ISO 100), and this had to make due. The shoot continued and what you see below is the out come. I shot in RAW just to ensure I had some room to work with in post and the subject (Tanicia) and my assistant for the day on that shoot (Willisa) helped greatly in capturing these images.
BTW I also fell walking back as well LOL …. Hope you like the images!