I was given an assignment during the first night of Bethlehem AD: Take photos of the shepherds and the sheep in the field. The Bethlehem AD organizers needed a more current one for their pamphlet. I had a rough idea what I wanted to do and shot the below photo and made sure to light the scene up with my Godox AD 200 mounted way high up on my Avenger Alu-Baby Leveling Light Stand. That stand got a workout during Bethlehem AD and it goes with me now whenever I know I’ll be shooting outdoors with a flash.
But I digress… Below is the photo I took of as the doors opened during the final night of Bethlehem AD.
But I wasn’t satisfied with it. Yeah, it was a decent shot and I showed it to the head photographer for Bethlehem AD and she liked it because it matched what she had in mind, especially with the angels in the background.
But … I really really wasn’t satisfied with it. It looked too artificial to me. I mean, yeah, it has all of the elements that I wanted, but the lighting looks too artificial. I suppose that I could have taken the temperature up a little bit to give it what torchlight or candlelight glow, but still… I wasn’t really satisfied with it.
And that stuck with me most of the night. I knew there had to be another way to shoot that concept; I just hadn’t thought of it yet. And also it was closing night, so I figured that I might not have a chance this year, but perhaps next year.
That is, until about an hour later, when I was wandering around the back of the set, taking pictures of the villagers, that I saw it. I just happened upon this scene by accident and was quick to position myself, and took the following shot.
Bingo! Got it! It has the shepherds, and the sheep. The sheep are out of focus in the background, but you know exactly what they are.
I can’t help but think that if I’d been a few minutes earlier or later, I would have missed this completely. It’s one of my favorite shots of the 2018! More Bethlehem AD shots over the next few weeks!