I wrote a couple of postings ago about my recent trip to Las Vegas and my photo session near there with Melissa. Today, I’m posting a few of my digital snaps made with filledevega (aka April-lea).
I had photographed April when she was in New York in January, and I scheduled my Las Vegas trip to coincide with her visit to Sin City. As with Melissa, I headed out to the beautiful desert outside the city. Unlike my session with Melissa, which was early in the morning, this next photo session was late in the afternoon.
As I’ve said to people before, photographing early and late each has its advantages and disadvantages, though both offer good light if the sky is clear. The upside of photographing early is that one can beat the heat in a hot climate (like Las Vegas in June) and it’s less likely that other people will be around. The downside is that you may have to get out of bed around 3:00 a.m. or so (there’s a reason why other people aren’t around) and once the sun rises, the quality of the light begins to decline from there as the sun gets higher in the sky.
Conversely, with a late afternoon shoot, the quality of the light increases as time moves on and the sun sinks to the horizon, yielding longer and longer shadows as it does so, building to a climax. You also don’t have to get up in the wee hours of the morning. The disadvantages are that it can be pretty hot when you start out (like Las Vegas in June) and there’s a greater likelihood of other people being around.
That last negative aspect didn’t affect us on our shoot, as the spot I chose doesn’t seem to get a lot of people coming by, at least when I’ve been there. The weather was hot, though it did cool down just a little as time progressed. However, as can be seen from some of the photos here, we did get some beautiful late afternoon sunlight.
About Dave Rudin
Dave Rudin is a fine art photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. He specializes in art nude and travel photography, using black & white film and making silver gelatin prints in a darkroom.