Blue Hour Portrait
I went to Kyengera to watch Israel Houghton perform, and in the midst of thousands of people, there I was looking for my two friends! How brilliant. I felt someone tap me on the shoulder and I thought it was one of my friends. To my surprise when I turned, it was the guy on facebook!! Anyway I got to know Aaron Kajumba because he is good friends with some of my close friends. That was the first time we met in person though. A few days later I called him up and asked to take a picture, which he thought was great idea.
On the day I shot his picture, I had an assignment earlier in the day to shoot a kids’ shop at the village mall in Bugolobi. Anyway at about 2pm I texted Aaron and asked him to meet me later that evening at the Kibuli mosque situated on a hill with a good view of the city. We agreed that 6pm would be a good time. I had already thought this thing through; get there at 6, get a good view and set up inabout 15 minutes, be READY at that magical moment when the red sun turns the whole sky gold, behind magnificent KAMPALA!!
NON of that happened. Here is the reality,
At 5:45 I was on the floor of the kids shop trying to finish the assignment at the village mall. I wrapped up a little after 6 and raced for out for a boda boda straight to the mosque. He wasn’t there yet so set up a small softbox because I knew the sun would be gone in not more than 10 minutes. When he came it was after 6:30 so I knew we had about 15 minutes to get anything close to a good picture. Thankfully his boda guy was there to hold the softbox and move it as we moved.
Shooting after 6:30 was perfect with the small softbox because it would have had a hard time competing with the sun. The softbox was set to camera left aimed down at him. I shot hand held with the EOS 7D, f2.8 at 1/25th of a second. It was getting dark and I needed to get a bit of the city in the back so I was working at really slow shutter speeds. I kept the ISO down at 200 because the canon 7D starts to struggle with image quality under low light.