I shot these images for a class assignment themed Best of Times - Worst of Times. After a much heated argument with one of the individuals in the group regarding the meaning of the phrase, I decided to stick to this idea. Yes, maybe this isn't what Dickens meant in his novel "A Tale of Two Cities' but it's the interpretation I chose for this piece. The teacher didn't say we needed to adhere to Dickens' meaning, nor was Dickens even mentioned in the assignment. So who's to tell me how to interpret what I see in something?
Our model, Lady Bella, was terrific, as was our makeup and hair stylist, Rhi. So thanks to both of them for a job well done.
Two lights were used on these shots, shifted slighting for each. Key light was a Profoto head with a beauty dish while fill was provided by a second Profoto head fired into an Elinchrom Octabank, 2 stops below the key light. The Octabank remained in the same position for both shots, directly in front of model but behind me. For the Best of Times shot, the key light was high 45d to camera right while in the Worst of Times shot this was repositioned directly in front of model, high, to created more mood.
Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8