Today I had an exciting shooting with a young musical talent: Tinatin Koberidze, a young violonist, who incidentally was in Europe, asked me to shoot some portraits of her.
Since I was quite far off my studio in Zug/Switzerland and had only my small rangefinder camera with me, it was clear that this shooting would take place with a minimum of gear – so improvising was the dictate of the moment. But the Fuji X-Pro-1 with the wide-opened normal focal lenght (35mm/f=1,4) is a reliable tool; and so these pictures were made in shortest time with plain, normal daylight.
Atmoshpheric, contemporary Artist Portraits using only Available Light
My photojournalism-kit contains only the bare necessities, since agility matters, and carry-on capability on flight trips is a criteria as well. Basically the bag contains a Fuji X-Pro-1 and three wide-opened fixed focal lenses, which cover the range from wide-angle to medium telephoto. Of course I do not have a flash unit with me, I am particularly concerned to maintain the lightning mood on the set, which would be completely destroyed by using a flash on top of the camera. Furthermore is is often quite reasonable, to act in a low-profile way, that means preferably not to be recognized as a professional photographer.
Therefore it was obvious, that at this shooting available light will be the only source of illumination. As the sky with its grey clouds established a wonderful, huge softbox, an atmospheric ambiance was ensured.
I never cease to be amazed at how lovely pictures can be made using a minimal amount of gear.