I spent last Saturday hanging out with Sean Walling, the soul behind Soulcraft bikes. He wanted photos that were realistic and natural that he could use to promote his custom built road and mountain bikes on his website. But Sean was also open to playing with different set-ups and he was definitely into using the natural environment around his shop, which included lot of critters. The chicken photo is for Sean, because at this point he called me out by saying, “This is for your blog, this isn’t for me anymore.” And well, maybe it is a little of both. I mean who would not want to ride a bike that is chicken friendly. Everyone loves chicken. And we happen to live in what was once the chicken capital of the world, so really, it was unavoidable.
Unfortunately, there was not a cloud in the sky all day, so I spent most of the day setting up photos in the open shade behind the studio and working with the natural light inside his shop. But the real fun started as the sun was setting, and the photos I took in the final 30 minutes of sunlight with the Rolleiflex far surpass anything I captured in the 6 hours prior. Now I know why some photographers don’t even bother with the middle parts of the day.
And now for a direct comparisson between the Rolleiflex and the Canon 5D…. Same settings, same light, same position…
Which do you prefer?