Behind The Scenes – “Suffering for your art…”

The idea behind this shoot was to get some images that I might enter in the BMC Members’ Handbook photo competition:

The theme for the competition is “Lost in Adventure”, and one of the things that we very quickly lost in this adventure was body heat! It was incredibly cold, foggy and damp and it didn’t take long for me to lose feeling in my fingers whilst setting up.

I wanted to have more control over the images so I decided this was also a good excuse to light the shots with my Elinchrom ELB 400 & Quadra HS head. So whilst I positioned the light, Mark kept Toby (his dog) entertained. Once I was ready, Mark got into position and I took a couple of test shots.

Then, he decides that the shots might look better if he climbed in his t-shirt as opposed to a couple of fleeces & gloves! Just a t-shirt!… Really?

“I’m not playing the harmonica… I’m trying to warm my fingers up!”

Yeah okay, there is some merit in his idea and this is where the saying “One should suffer for ones art” springs to mind. Or in this case, someone else should suffer for your art; which seems like a better idea to me!

We went on to shoot quite a few different angles and slightly different locations and it turned out that a better choice of lens was my Nikkor 14-24 F2.8, as opposed to my Nikkor 24-70 F2.8, as this resulted in more “keepers”. I only used one camera body throughout: my D800.

Unusually for me, I spent a lot of time on the post processing, and for once, it actually improved the images in the majority of cases. Normally all I do is make them look awful. Perhaps I’m getting better after all…

Anyway, the suffering is worth it when you get images like this; particularly when someone else is doing the suffering:

The final selection of images, including the two in this post, can be found on my website by navigating to the gallery under the “Projects” menu; or by following this link directly:


Published by pgtim

A UK amateur photographer.

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