Pilates ProWorks Burlingame - A View from the Outside

When I found out that a fitness studio was looking for photos for trade, that piqued my interest.  As you can tell, 99% of what I've done has been for trade or volunteer work.  Still dripping wet from an REI Advanced Standup Paddle Board class, I visited Pilates ProWorks Burlingame and its owner, Annabelle Jones.  Annabelle wanted some shots of her establishment and I rarely turn down an opportunity to get in some practice with the camera.  After chatting about her fitness studio and her classes, I showed up the following day to take some photos.

Below is one of the first photos of the day.  

ISO 200   16mm lens   f/1.4   1/4700sec

How was this achieved?

Initially, I didn't think much of the lettering on the window, though I did take photos of it.  But then I saw one of the customers walk right through the letters's shadow and the idea hit me.

It was 9am and the sun was shining right through the front window, so I knew I didn't have much time before the sun rose higher, thus moving the shadows from mid-level to the floor.  I asked one of Annabelle's employees who was working at the front desk to "model" for me.  I placed her in the best spot so that I could get as much of the lettering on her back, while also making sure the letters were in focus.  I slapped on my 16mm prime lens, made sure the aperture was wide open and ... voila!

ISO and shutter speed were set to auto.  I needed f/1.4 in order to isolate just the letters on her back.

I did the black and white conversion because the lettering on the window were both blue and reddish-orange, and the latter was really bright and would have drawn attention away from my model and the letters projected on her back.

More photos from Pilates ProWorks Burlingame in the next few weeks!

Gear used:  Fuji X-T2 and 16mm f/1.4 prime lens.