Photography for the New Sentara RMH Orthopedic Center
I recently had the privilege of photographing the new Sentara RMH Orthopedic Center for Sentara. It's an incredible facility that I hope I'll never have to use. I say that jokingly, but I'm a little squeamish about all-things-joint-related, so I truly do hope I don't need to go there for any sort of rehab, but I'm really glad its there in the event I do need to use it.
Now for the photography-part of this post. The center is great looking and has an incredible view of the hospital. There is one drawback to all of that natural light, and that's the fact that there's too much light. It's way too bright outside compared to inside, which is why I had to light the subject with an off-camera flash. In this case, the flash was modified with a strip light. It could have easily been an umbrella-softbox, but the strip-light provided a little more light and I didn't mind that it was a slightly 'harder' type of light. If it were a portrait, I might have used a softbox. The strip light also allows us to control those reflections really well as the light occupies less physical space than the softbox.
In this shot, the light is coming from my upper-left. It's obvious that this is the direction of the light due to the shadows. As anyone who knows me will attest, I constantly proclaim, 'light illuminates, shadows define'. The other cool thing about this shot is that because I'm using a mirrorless camera, I'm able to get the camera in between the bands, use the articulating display, and easily get the shot I want without bending down and putting my head between the bands. It's the little things.
Here we are again, this time instead of using the bands, we're using the faux-brick wall to visually explain another rehab exercise one can do in the new Orthopedic Center. The light's location is obvious again. It's out of the frame, its illuminating both the subject, the ball, and the wall. It's basically a miniature indoor sun.
Moving on to a different area of the facility, we find ourselves with a doctor who does hand surgery. Again, one of those things I hope not to have to think about for a long time. The fluorescent lights in most buildings are horrible. They stink. They're a nasty color, they have a slow cycle (forcing use to shoot at 1/125sec or below, otherwise part of the frame will be a different color temperature than another), and they cast scary light on subject. The best thing we can do is overpower them, and that's what we've done here. The doctor now has flattering, directional light because I've reduced the natural light and overpowered it with my artificial light.
And we conclude with a shot of the model hand the doctor uses to show her patients what's actually going on inside of their bodies. Gross. Weird. Sick. I'm a luddite, I just prefer not to think about it or I get freaked out. They made fun of me for being grossed out by it. That's OK, I'll just stick to photography.