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Modelshoot in an old hotel attic

Modelshoot in an old hotel attic
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Behind The Lens

I took this photo in the unused attic of a well known local hotel in my town. It was nice and grungy with many old rooms. Charlotte the model loved the feel of the space.
It was an afternoon photoshoot without a time limit. We had the run of the top floor, exploring various nooks and crannies.
The attic area was quite dark with the occasional small window allowing in some natural light, but often it wasn’t enough to get the mood I was aiming for.
This shot was taken with a Nikon D300 using a Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 at 31mm, 1/60s, f/2.8, iso200. I used a Nikon SB700 speedlight with umbrella to light Charlotte up.
I was given the opportunity to look through the hotel attic by the management at the time and fell in love with the moody nostalgic feel of the place, and Charlotte was able to convey the same beautiful feel.
I normally do very little post processing, keeping it as subtle as I can, which my models have appreciated. I generally only remove distracting marks in the image and make small adjustments to reflect the mood I’m aiming for.
In my camera bag
Today my sling bag holds a Nikon D750, a Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 and it’s partner the 70-200 f/2.8, as well as a Sigma f/1.8, a Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 and a Tamron 28-300mm. I squeeze in batteries, a SB910 Speedlight, filters and a Gary Fong dome. Depending on the shoot though, I remove what I don’t want.
Finding a location like this is a Godsend, so keep an eye out and don’t be scared to reach out to owners of such places. Sometimes you get lucky.

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