As I looked at the photo I thought "Man, with that nice light coming in it would make for a great portrait of Dan leaning on the side of the car". It wasn't on the shot list but the car was right next to the location of our first planned shot so I figured I could do it pretty quick after we wrap the first location. The next morning as we finished up that first shot, I grabbed Dan and had him lean on the side of the car. The beautiful light shone in, Dan basked in the glory of the great business he had built, the Heavens opened up, Angels began to sing and I pressed the shutter button. Boom! Done!
Reason two - This is 100% natural light. At every one of my shoots I bring an arsenal of lights and modifiers and I use the crap out of them. I love using lights. I love it because I can control them and make them do what I want and create what I see in my mind. Sometimes though, you don't need all that extra stuff. Sometimes the natural, available light is pretty perfect. This was one of those sometimes. Natural light is not the norm for me but I stepped outside of my comfort zone and resisted the temptation to "create" light.
So there you have it. I REALLY love this photo for two reasons - It wasn't planned but I was able to pull it off on a tight schedule and I was smart enough not to screw it up by adding a bunch of lights. Maybe it's not the very best photo I've ever taken (maybe it is, I don't know. It's hard for me to be objective) but it's definitely one of my favorites. And, as it turns out, Velocity liked it too as it was one of their final selections.
Here are a few more that made the cut along with a couple of behind the scenes shots of me doin' ma thang!