On the D-day, the final assignment shoot, we started the day with the acrobat students’ practising solo and then moving on to a mix of ground and mid air preparatory shots with two people before the final shots were attempted, once I set up my background, various lights, and got my tethering system going. My aim for the final shoot was to take at least two acrobats in a frame together and try and freeze the moment mid-air, trying to get as perfect a pose synced with my freezing it mid-air.
I have selected some images that I like very much to give you an idea of the process. The remainder of the images can be seen below in the contact sheets that cover the entire shoot.
Preparatory Shots Contact Sheets – solo
Preparatory shots Contact sheets
The second phase of practise shots after the solo ones that can be found here, before we went on to the final mid-air freeze shots, were with two-three people and were quite tough, requiring immense energy and effort on the acrobats’ part and a lot of pressure on me to be able to sync and time the shots to freeze it at the perfect time.
Here are the contact sheets of the preparatory shots that these young boys as they warmed-up for the third and final phase of the shoot.
Even though some of these stunts are incredible in themselves but I was quite clear in my mind about what I wanted for the final shots. Many images are perfect and beautiful, but even better than that would be if two people could sync with one another mid-air and that sync could be captured by yours truly at the right time. Still, these pictures and the stunts that these boys too upon are definitely worthy of a separate post and is to be appreciated greatly.