Peter Elliston  

Fallen Angel by Peter Elliston

April 2021 - Fallen Angel

About the Image(s)

Details: This was taken on a remote shoot - something which I have only tried during the pandemic. The model was in a studio in another part of the UK and I was controlling the camera in her studio on Zoom. I adjusted the settings and got her assistant to arrange the lighting how I wanted them and spent a fortnight in email correspondence with the model. Once everything was set up, I pressed the shutter on her camera which was tethered to her computer and took the RAW file shots which she later sent to me by email. So this was a totally distanced photo shoot which has become quite common for models who cannot earn their fees in the normal way. You may wonder if this is photographically ethical as I wasn’t there when this image was taken and I was using her camera - a very good full frame Sony may I add which I cannot afford! But I set the scene, discussed the shoot, chose the props, directed the model who could also talk to me, focused the camera and pressed the shutter. So there you go - pandemic photography!
Our aim was to create a character who was some distance from the traditional image of an angel and I hope we have done that. It will be interesting to see what you think.
Camera Sony ILCA-99M2 1/160 f7.1 ISO 100

8 comments posted

Sheldon Wecker   Sheldon Wecker
Remote photo shoots! I didn't know that was a thing. Some of the groups I participate in have found there are advantages to vitual meetings and plan to continue even after this is behind us. I wouldn't be surprised if that was also the case for remote photo shoots. Regarding ethics - I don't see how this is functionally different from using a wireless remote to take a photo. You made all the decisions and pressed the button - end of question.

I love the picture and the way it tells a story, especially the high key interpretation. Only a few suggestions - I don't think its quite level, for me the tilted wine goblet stem on the table is a little distracting. Also, I think the color in the shoe sole and wine bottle detracts from the high key look - I wonder what it would look like if they were desaturated and brightness adjusted so they would be less prominent. Well done!   Posted: 04/02/2021 10:25:29
Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
Many thanks for your critique and comments on the ethics of this. I had hoped people would say that - it's just that this was such a novel experience that I began to doubt how right it was simply because of the distance involved. But to all intents and purposes I was there even if not in body!!
Your critique pointed out things which I had missed so thanks very much and I have tried to correct them - see pic attached. Hope they are what you were suggesting would look better.   Posted: 04/02/2021 11:04:58
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Sheldon Wecker   Sheldon Wecker
Excellent!   Posted: 04/02/2021 11:59:15

Joe Norcott   Joe Norcott
I agree with Sheldon. I have always wanted to go to the Venice Masked Event. I think this would be a great way to take a photo of one or a group of them. You put the time and creativity into it so it truly is your photo. Really creative photo and I like the update to it based on Sheldon's suggestions.   Posted: 04/02/2021 19:45:31

Joe Kennedy   Joe Kennedy
Peter, I think you have raised an interesting discussion as to what constitutes "taken by the maker." We had discussions when the digital era arrived as to whether or not it was really photography. I, too, had never heard of such portrait opportunities around these parts. Loved the title, although, "Wayward Angel" would be fitting as well. I think the entire image is well composed and the lighting was well handled. I'd be interested in the feedback on this type of shoot as it pertains to competitions.   Posted: 04/04/2021 16:23:59
Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
Thanks Joe for your comments and alternative title. I think it was the novelty of how this image was obtained that caused me to speculate on the ethics of it. But really after some thought it might be seen as no different from a shot taken from a drone camera some distance from the photographer or even a wildlife shot from a remote set up working on time lapse or triggered by the movement of an animal or bird. Whatever, it was fun to do and I have done several with another model in a different part of the UK. As for competitions, I guess the issue is - did I take it? And the answer is 'yes'!   Posted: 04/05/2021 03:44:48

John Hackett   John Hackett
Whatever the technical details of taking the picture you chose the moment to hit the button. I do not think it is any different to taking natural history of a set up scene.
Any way I think is a fun picture and worth the effort. I kind of agree with Joe's alternative title.   Posted: 04/16/2021 09:39:44

Glenn Rudd   Glenn Rudd
The remote shoot concept is a totally new way to photograph and congratulations for taking the time and effort to pull this off. To me, the extra inclusion of shoes, wine bottle and glass result in disorganized and distracting look. My preference would have been to stick with featuring the m ordeal. Never-the-less, I like the high-key treatment and applaud the creative approach.   Posted: 04/20/2021 07:10:57


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