Trash the Dress - the "Wet" run
So having described the setting fire to the dress sequence, here's the drowning the dress sequence. This was a trial run before doing a real shoot for a client - and to be honest this was the one I was more concerned about because I know cloth in water can be a real pain.
Lou and I went to a local canal off the beaten path. The look I was going for was very moody - almost fashion. Throughout the sequence I'm using a speedlite - which in this case is mounted on top of the camera, which I'm flipping on and off throughout the shoot so there's some flash, some without.
You can see the effect the flash has had on the gown, really bringing out a sheen and texture with the sun providing a great rim and hair light.
All the time I was coaching Lou through thoughts and emotions for her to act too, mostly around the theme of being depressed and suicidal!!
And here is where it went wrong. As you can see it's really quite difficult to keep the dress floating above the water (once the air inside it has gone) and it's also very difficult for Lou to. No matter what you think, bodies do not float in the water as you think they should.
And here's our now drowned Lou out of the water again.
The next thing was to get her changed (though in the end Lou refused to wear anything except my dressing gown - no way was she going to get her clothes wet and smelly) and we rushed back so Lou could shower and scrub off.
By the way, I don't want you to think we weren't having fun.
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