bright light, big city
I am a hypocrite.
For years and years now I have preached about available light. How available light was the truest way to document a scene. How that I hadn’t used a strobe in 8 years because I liked the challenge of finding light where hardly any existed.
Well, now I feel like a big fat fraud.
I have started a new story and I have decided to shoot it with a flash. Not strobed with some delicate fill or artfully bounced off a side wall but straight on full force direct flash.
And you know what? I am loving it!
Just like I have started to embrace straight on portraiture, I now enjoy lighting the bejeezus out of a scene. Like this one here at a south side event this evening that my photo subject took part in.
My rationalization is that I am using the strobe as a creative tool and not as a crutch. I am using it not because I am lazy but because I like the effect.
However, the problem with this approach is that there is a very thin line between success and failure.
I think that I am being oh so arty and cutting edge but it is possible that the photos that I am producing for this yet to be published story might do nothing more than suck.
Time will tell.
© 2009 Chicago Tribune/Scott Strazzante