Scouting locations

For these photos of Richard and his beloved Bianchi bicycle, I considered several locations: a forested path, a parking garage, and a brick-lined alley.  Luckily, we're both near the Dark Star Park - Arlington's first major commissioned art project - in Rosslyn. The strange, planet-like sculptures were perfect for this photoshoot.

Next was the question of when. There is a very tall building to the west of the park, so the only chance of direct sunlight was in the morning. A week before our shoot, I scouted the park from just before sunrise to an hour after. The quality of the light, especially around the spheres, changed rapidly. I would only have 10-15 minutes of suitable light. I also knew that I needed to pack reflectors, flashes, and umbrellas to fill-in the deep shadows.

The actual shoot went very quickly, and I have to admit to being stressed by the shifting light. However, it would have been much worse had I not been able to pre-visualize the lighting, determine the sequence of shots I needed to take, and prepare accordingly.