On A Mission

Yesterday morning I shot a mission. I shall tell you about it in a moment, but let’s start with the light.

Said light was not inspiring. Shade. Like this:

So the solution is easy: I grab an umbrella and flash. I use

  • An umbrella and light stand.
  • TTL flash, light operated. Using a 580EX on my camera and a 600EX in the umbrella
  • I set the ambient exposure to 1-2 stops below meter (the meter indicates 1-2 stops minus).
  • That gave me 1/250th, f/6.3, 800 ISO.
  • White balance is set to “Flash”.

I now get the light I want:

Now the mission.

The young woman on the left is on a mission called the “Topless Tour De Canada“, and her objective is to point out that going topless is legally allowed in Canada, for women as much as for men.  Her tour starts in Toronto and will take her through the major Canadian cities, and she will be filmed and photographed in each of these cities—top free.

Here’s a Behind The Scenes shot:

See the light stand? And yes, umbrellas get blown over by wind, so hold them!

And here’s one of the finished shots, in front of The World’s Largest Bookstore in Toronto—a bookstore that, alas, has recently shut down.

There are lots more: see one here. And see another one here.

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  1. Just in case anyone’s wondering, the relevant law guaranteeing complete equality in all matters is part of the Constitution of Canada, and therefore trumps any contradictory local, provinical or federal laws. Charter of Rights and Freedoms sec. 15(1) and sec. 28.

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