Greta 綺綺

Greta 綺綺

九認識綺綺已經好幾年了,並在數場比賽以及攝影棚內拍過她。我們剛好以前也是鄰居,又對運動和戶外活動有共同興趣。但是這次拍攝前在溝通的時候我們對拍攝的主題和調性很有默契,想拍攝有別於外面所塑造的「美少女」及「運動美女」風。這個面相容易在綺綺的Instagram以及Facebook粉絲專頁看到。

I’ve known Greta for many years and have photographed her many times, at sporting events and in the studio. We are also long-time neighbors and share a common interest in sports and triathlon, so when we began planning a shoot together I immediately wanted to do something new and different. We wanted a departure from the cute, sporty girl most people know her as through sporting events and her Instagram and Facebook fan pages.

 

以黑白底片連續拍攝 | Consecutive sequence on B/W film

 

拍攝前一陣子除了春節期間一段時間的好天氣外一直不穩定又多雨,因此我們排除了我提出的一些外拍構想直接決定到棚內拍攝,而我們共同決定拍攝風格朝向時尚感而非運動風。有了這個基調並委託了造型設計師,我很快對拍攝的風格萌發出一些打光及模特兒表現的構想。

The weather had been terrible since an unseasonably warm and dry spell during Chinese New Year, and Greta preferred a studio setting over some location ideas I pitched to her, so we exchanged a few ideas with more of a fashion vibe than fitness and sports. With this theme set, and hair and makeup trusted to an excellent stylist, I hashed out a few ideas for lighting and expressions in my mind.

 

以黑白底片所拍攝之連環照 | Consecutive sequence shot on B/W film

棚拍的時候我總是先以模特兒的服裝、造型、特質、等因素來設定背景顏色,再以此背景設定燈光。而這一天我決定先用黑色背景來拍攝一系列的半身、全身、頭頸等照。

I always begin to approach studio sessions by considering what type of background to use, and today I wanted to start by shooting against a black background for half, quarter, and full body shots.

 

 

每次拍攝我都會盡量做一些新的嘗試。我拿了小鏡子給綺綺當道具,以達到臉上聚光的效果。

I always try to experiment a little each time, and before this session I thought of using a mirror. For this shot, light was bounced back from the mirror as a spotlight on Greta’s face.

 

 

暖身後更大的新嘗試就展開了。我告訴綺綺我用手電筒「打光」的想法。曝光時間30秒的這兩張完全沒有修飾,感覺是不是很不一樣?

After that experimental warmup I told Greta I’d like to try lighting her with just a flashlight. These images, for which the shutter stayed open for 30 seconds, are straight out of the camera. I kinda dig the results, and am up for playing around more with light painting portraits in the future.

綺綺已經很快成為更全方位的模特兒,她能在短時間內表現出許多不同的感覺和表情。在拍攝閒聊的時候我們決定進行一種快速變換表情和姿勢的連環拍攝法,以每一兩秒按一次快門。

Greta is quickly becoming a more nuanced model, capable of varied looks and expressions. While shooting, we decided to do an exercise where I shot around one image every one or two seconds, requiring her to constantly change her attitude and expression.

 

剛好今天原本就很想拍一卷黑白底片,而這個連環拍攝法很適合一次或分兩次將整卷36張拍完。我用了Eastman 5222 (AKA “Double X”) 的黑白電影底片,設定ISO為200並以400度的曝光值來沖洗。在快速擺出各種表情和姿勢的過程中我們有好幾次差點笑翻了腰,但確實一口氣把一卷36張順利拍完了。

Since I wanted to shoot a roll of black and white film, this exercise was a perfect opportunity to just keep shooting and mixing up looks until the roll of film ran out. We barely managed to avoid falling on the floor in laughter a few times, but we finished an entire roll of film in one sequence, without having to pause to compose ourselves or rest.

 

 

我們這樣用數位相機和底片前後殺出了將近100張,其中有不少作品成功帶出喜怒哀樂的人生百態。而我們很有默契地覺得數量這麼多的這系列作品很適合用方形裁切加以九宮格的呈現方式。

Between the roll of film and digital sequences we made around 100 exposures in just a few minutes, many of which I think would be keepers on their own. But we agreed that since I had used black and white film, the images would look great cropped square in black and white and arranged in a grid pattern (anyone remember Hollywood Squares?).

 

每次拍完人像寫真後我總是想到一些原本想拍但後來因為種種原因沒有拍到,包括燈光設定,造型,服裝,表情等等,而拍完收工後腦海中難免懷疑自己是否拍到很好的作品。然而,我都會記得我跟模特兒說的話,就是希望經過這次的拍攝幾年後能有一張我們都非常喜愛的作品,如果能這樣就滿足了。這次有了綺綺非常出色的演出讓我白擔心了,看過成果後反而覺得很難挑選。自己喜歡,而且更高興的是綺綺也對我們這次的合作相當滿意。

After every portrait session there are always things I had in mind that I don’t get to trying, from lighting setups to wardrobe and styling choices or posing, and doubts invariably creep into my mind about how it all turned out. Yet I always tell both myself and my subject that I’ll be happy making an image that one day we can look back on and linger over it with wonder and pride. In this case, Greta performed so well I was overwhelmed by the number of images I liked, and even happier to know that Greta was also quite pleased with the results.

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