Desert Twister - part 3 of 1 2 3 4

by David Beckstead Published 01/06/2007


At that point I am not sure what everyone was thinking. Did I make an impression? Not sure because I was off and running!
vI played it loose and in motion. I would prompt the models where to go and a few things to do and let them take off and do it. I would follow or lead taking motion-style imagery with every shot. I would explain the style of motion I was after - dragging the shutter, panning from a still position, walkpanning, intentional camera shake, using my body as a tripod and slowing down the shutter to allow for model movement. I let the wind work for me. Her veil was flying and I made it appear like running water with my chosen shutter speed. I would yell out my settings once in a while: 1/10 second, 1/5 of a second, f22, f8. I would use the car as an anchor point having the models walk away giving the feel of motion.


After an hour, it was done. I wanted so badly to continue for hours. I was pumped! But the group had to get back on the bus to head back to Vegas as planned. The shoot felt strong and I knew I had not failed. I was in the zone!

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