I was going through Backup Drives to find images to post on the Blog. I found some scans of some of my Commercial work from the old film days before Digital. I thought it was interesting to look back at the process of a film Photo Shoot. This was for an Ad for a High End fixture manufacturer. The faucet was a Pewter & Antique Gold Gooseneck fixture. We came up with the idea of a setting sun reflecting on a rippled wavy Lake water. The black area on the right would have Copy & Info there and the other side would be a setting sun. The Ad Agency approved our idea so we went to work setting up the Photo Shoot. We made a Lake with a 4ft x 6 ft, 1/2 inch Plywood Board as the support for the Lake. Then we used 2×4’s to line the edges so the Fake water would be contained to the Lake. We then sealed the seam so it did not leak. Usually when we needed to sculpt water we would use Fake Water such as Aqua Gel, but we would need between 12-30 Gallons of it. That was many years ago so I forget how much we used. That was not in their budget so we used a Dippity-Do type hair product. We then cut the plywood to insert the sink and sealed the edges so we did not lose our “Lake” during the shoot. We then sculpted Waves on the left side to make the “setting” sun more interesting and prominent. For the actual photography I was using a 4×5 Sinar View Camera with a 210mm Symmar-s Lens. For the actual Faucet & Sink I was using 2 Large Softboxes with Speedotron Flash Heads. Then we setup a Flash Head with a Circular Scrim behind the setup to be the setting Sun on our fake lake and give a pop of color to the waves in the setting sun. We a tried few different “colors” for the sun as you can see in the image below. We also had a continuous E6 Film processor so that we could see the actual results in 40 some minutes and adjust lighting or tweaking the set or strobe outputs right away. Some details get “muddy” when using Polaroid Proofs. That image below is the one actually used for their ad. Thought it might be interesting to show what went into a commercial photo shoot back then. In Our Digital World now It would have been a lot Easier, But not as much fun or the skill required! Plus being I mostly like photographing birds I thought it was appropriate here.