Vintage shoot at Lauriston Castle

It was a strange shoot which did not quite turn out as expected, but the results saved the day…

The idea of that shoot was rather simple. I had a special camera to test and given its characteristics (you will know more in a few weeks) I thought of doing something vintage and record the whole thing in video to publish on the Tom Migot Photography Youtube channel. Well, I am afraid you will never see that footage as the quality was sadly very poor. That being said, the secret camera worked fine (you will have to wait to know more) and here are some of the resulting photographs taken with my Canon 5DIII.

The weather was sunny that day with some white patches in the blue Scottish sky. We arrive at Lauriston Castle later than anticipated due to some heavy traffic. There are two things one can witness in the Scottish capital when the sun is shining up in the sky:

  1. All the convertible cars are out on the roads, worthy of any Hell’s Angels’ rally.
  2. Everyone is driving like retired elders and the traffic is atrocious.

Megan and I scouted the grounds to find a compelling angle for our shoot. As I had mentioned in an old post, Lauriston hosts one of the Edinburgh crocket grounds and on each side of the field, there are some nice wooden benches. I came up with the idea of rotating one of the benches and capture Megan seating or laying on it with the castle standing behind.

Below is the first shot we got:

portrait of young model megan on the bench at Lauriston castle - Canon 5DIII, 70-200mm L, à 70mm ISO 400, f9, 1/200 sec

portrait of young model Megan on the bench at Lauriston Castle – Canon 5DIII, 70-200mm L, à 70mm ISO 400, f9, 1/200 sec

Do not be fooled by night effect as this was obtained at 20:45 on June 20th and it was still very bright. I basically use my 50″x50″ softbox on the top right of Megan, and because of the 1/200sec speed, I was able to darken the natural ambient light and use my Flash as the main light source which gave this late evening look.

Some of you may wonder what this pose and shot mean, and I would simply answer: if you asked the question then I achieved what I wanted.

There were many ways this photograph could have been edited, but for some strange reason, I had a vision of something edgy, colourful, somewhat electric and punchy. I am very pleased with this version. What do you think of it?

We then went on trying a few thing until I came up with a rather dark idea of a young woman found in the wood. I often jump from one crazy idea to the next and the journey is quite remarkable hence I want to start recording my shoot and share a more “live” perspective on how things work.

Megan sat by a tree nearby and while it would have been smarter to change the square softbox by a strip version, I kept that huge 50″x50″ which position far enough to get some rather harsh light.

b&w portrait of young Scottish model Megan by the tree at Lauriston castle in Scotland – Canon 5DIII, 24-105mm L at 55mm, ISO 400, f9, 1/200sec.

b&w portrait of young Scottish model Megan by the tree at Lauriston castle in Scotland – Canon 5DIII, 24-105mm L at 55mm, ISO 400, f9, 1/200sec.

Notice how her position in the frame and her look and the black&White development given this rather intriguing result?

b&w portrait of young Scottish model Megan by the tree at Lauriston castle in Scotland – Canon 5DIII, 24-105mm L at 55mm, ISO 400, f9, 1/200sec.

b&w portrait of young Scottish model Megan by the tree at Lauriston castle in Scotland – Canon 5DIII, 24-105mm L at 55mm, ISO 400, f9, 1/200sec.

The temperature was dropping by each passing minute, and we wanted to capture one last shot in that same mood. The shot below was rather the same setting like the above (same flash and position) with a focal length of 35mm I had simply changed my angle. I pulled another bench which I stood on to get this diving perspective, and by framing Megan above the centre and against that tree trunk, I got her to look smaller and almost fragile contrasting heavily with the very first shot in colour where she showed a strong, definite character.

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