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I was working with a textile designer who had been involved in a project known as "Rural Murals", where she had teamed up with another artist to paint...
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I was working with a textile designer who had been involved in a project known as "Rural Murals", where she had teamed up with another artist to paint the side of a building int he countryside. We wanted to do a shoot with a model wearing a skirt with her designs, set against the backdrop of the mural she had helped to create. I decided to do a night time shoot so I could use a single-source spotlight to cast strong shadows on the wall, and give the whole thing an edgier feel.
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acglock PRO+
 
acglock June 08, 2016
Magnificent! The shadow has a life of its own!
kimayres
kimayres June 08, 2016
Thank you Anita - the shadow was always part of the plan - I'm glad it worked out in this photo :)
Helene_Winkler
 
Helene_Winkler June 19, 2016
Great! I really like the colors and the power
kimayres
kimayres June 19, 2016
Many thanks, Helene :)
KaraMcVanner
 
KaraMcVanner July 22, 2016
Simply amazing, I Love it!!!
kimayres
kimayres July 22, 2016
Thank you Kara :)
saazlahiri
 
saazlahiri September 04, 2016
Fabulous shot! Love the creativity
kimayres
kimayres September 05, 2016
Thank you Saaz :)
kmtkodachrome
 
kmtkodachrome September 05, 2016
Amazing creativity. idea definately I am borrowing
kimayres
kimayres September 05, 2016
Thank you - let me know when you post your own 'inspired by' pic :)
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RichieO November 14, 2017
Fantastic photo
kimayres
kimayres November 14, 2017
Thanks Richard :)

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was one of a number taken for a fashion shoot in front of a barn in SW Scotland that had been painted as part of a "Rural Mural" project.
Time
It was shot late in the evening when the sun had gone down as I wanted to be able to control the lighting.
Lighting
For the shoot I wanted a single spotlight effect to give it a slightly more edgy attitude, and to ensure there would be strong shadows cast against the brightly coloured wall.
Equipment
I used a handheld Canon 7D Mk2 with a Canon 10-22mm wide-angle lens. Lighting was a single Canon 600 EX-RT Speedlite
Inspiration
Morag Macpherson is a textile designer, but had been involved in painting of the barn as part of the Rural Mural project. We decided it would be cool to shoot some models wearing clothing with her designs against the backdrop of the mural. We worked with 2 different models we knew, and I brought on board the owner of Basement 20 hair salon, who brought another hairdresser and makeup artist with him. With a whole team of people I thought it would be fun to video it, so I called in a couple of friends to help out. The result is a fun 2 min behind-the-scenes video of the shoot, which you can find on YouTube here - https://youtu.be/Q7hyTkRdt9E
Editing
Very little other than cropping and contrast tweaks
In my camera bag
For the past year I've been using a Canon 7D mk2, which I love. The 3 lenses I use most are my Canon f/2.8 24-70mm, which is pretty much my workhorse lens; a Canon f/2.8 70-200mm which is fantastic for shooting live performances - getting in close in low light conditions; and finally a wide angle Canon 10-22mm for when I need to take in a lot in a small space. I also usually have 2 or 3 Canon speedlights to hand and an assortment of softboxes and modifiers.
Feedback
The main advice I'd have for an evening shoot like this is to keep an eye on the temperature and make sure you have plenty of warm drinks and coats to hand. Nothing will make you more loved than producing flasks of tea and coffee with some home made baking half way through the shoot :)

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