I don't think I can accurately express quite how much I love that dark blue curtain. It's great when you find a rich background which is, at the same time, simple. Especially when both the accessories and the costume on your model are quite busy! This is another little set from the Conceptual Workshop I attended in July hosted by Thomas Oscar Miles.
Thomas is a photographer who knows how to work a space. This curtain was in front of a little store cupboard and the emergency exit, serving as a door. I hadn't even noticed it before he pointed it out, and I had been helping put exercise equipment into the aforementioned cupboard. Without Rosie even having stood in that area of the room, he knew that the light was going to be magical. He wasn't wrong.
As soon as I saw the curtain and the light and Rosie looking powerful in front of it (especially when we added the crown and pearls) I knew I wanted to play with the depth of field to make the curtain look more like rays of light in deep water. I love shooting with my aperture wide open (and shooting a LOT of images just in case because focus with wide aperture is a challenge, especially for glasses wearers who can't actually close one eye to look through the viewfinder, silly astigmatism and differing prescriptions... but I digress...), I love the dreamy effect that it brings to images so, naturally, I had to play.
It was in this space in particular that I really saw the difference in shooting styles between Thomas and we three attendees (myself, Katie Howie and Caroline Victoria). I loved watching the others shoot just as much as I enjoyed getting my own images. Once again, if you get an opportunity to go to a workshop (especially one hosted by the fabulous Thomas Oscar Miles) do it. Don't look back. It is absolutely the right direction.