Exploring Silverlake with Katrina Fox
Anime Expo 2017 has come and gone and in that span of those four days I took a couple thousand photos of cosplay. I’m not complaining about it, but it’s definitely a lot of cosplay. I was particularly happy with the shots that came from Anime Expo, but after I put down Lightroom and e-mailed the photos out, I knew I had to do something else. I needed to reset and do something simple. That’s where Katrina Fox came in.
We were location scouting for a (unrelated) collaborative project and I asked if she wanted to shoot after lunch. Luckily she said yes.
Sunset Boulevard In Silverlake
There was no plan because I never have a plan. We happened to be in a pretty hip part of town for lunch so I thought we would just walk around and take a couple of photos along the way. There was no crazy theme or any lights to set up. It was just the two of us, the streets of Silverlake, and the annoyingly hot weather. I was absolutely fine with it for as long as we could both stand the heat.
Spoiler Alert: It wasn’t very long.
The shoot itself must have been only forty-five minutes at most. I took a couple of photos at a few locations I found interesting, but eventually we were both hot and decided to call it a day.
As always, I had nothing on me but my Canon Rebel T5 that I bought on sale from Amazon and a Canon f/1.8 50mm prime lens. Despite certain limitations it imposes on me, the nifty-fifty hasn’t really done me dirty yet so I went in pretty confident.
Honestly, I couldn’t have asked for a better mini-shoot. I had a good time and I was pleased with my output for once. They were the kind of photos that I’ve always liked. In my head, I was trying to tap into the styles and aesthetics I’ve always found appealing. I’ve always been a fan of the low key, street vibe and that’s what I wanted to produce from this short shoot.
I’d like to think that I was successful.
I still have an awful lot to learn. I’ve only just started really trying to have a concrete vision when it comes to shooting. I’m too used to winging it and hoping for the best.
This shoot gave me an itch for more projects outside of cosplay photography so I expect I’ll be doing more pretty soon.
All in all, I’d call the day a pretty solid one.
You can check out the rest of the photos from the shoot here.