I’m glad you asked!
Last month, not only did we have the opportunity to photograph the genius behind the band Ripley, we were privileged enough to spend some time chatting over authentic Mexican food and rock out with an impromptu jam session! Unfortunately, we can’t share any of the delicious Mexican food with you, but we can show you some of our favorite photos from the set!
Production Day 1
The photo above has to be one of our favorites from the entire production. The sun was basically gone by this point, but there was still that faint 30 second glow left in the sky right before complete darkness set in. We were truly in a rush to grab this shot before losing all the color in the sky.
Above, is Joey’s Tom Morello look! (Taken right before we were bum-rushed by the “security guard” of the grounds) haha.
Production Day 2
Day two went a little smoother as we weren’t pressed for time as much, and we didn’t run into any “authority figures”.
Most of these ideas and locations were actually concepts that Joey had brainstormed with us. Stylistically, most of these shots were a bit more ‘raw’ than we generally go for, however we really feel that the overall mood of the set turned out to be exactly what Joey was going for.
(Rooftop access in Nashville, Tennessee.)
I’m not sure this shot was planned, but we had to share this goofy moment on set.
Hello, Nashville. This is Ripley.
Behind the Scenes
In the image: Philip shooting a shot in front of that freakin’ awesome American flag wall!
For the photographers: This set up was really simple. ABR800 with a 36in moon unit attached metered at around F11, 1/250th, iso100 to balance out the harsh, direct sunlight that day. Check out those raccoon eyes in this pull back shot if you want to know what we were dealing with!
In the image: Alexandra acting as a makeshift boom stand while Joey stands up on a cinder block in order for us to get a better perspective of the skyline. Funny how low budget that sounds, right? Sometimes you just gotta do what ya gotta do in the moment!
For the photographers: Basically the same ABR800 with a 36in moon unit attached to a cheapo targus monopod (with a 3/4 screw to light-stand metal adapter piece). For these shots, we decided to light Joey from the opposite direction as the sun to give that dramatic cross lit look. Scroll back up to the above image of Joey looking out over Nashville for a better look.
As always, thanks for viewing!
Listen to Ripley here!