My buddy Al loves this place called the Elysian Cafe in Hoboken, NJ. It’s a great cafe/car in Hoboken, New Jersey that’s got some really cool architecture in it. Tin ceilings, lots of little details – it was impossible NOT to want to shoot it in HDR so obviously we needed to give it a go.
In order for me to be able to get the bar at a state where no one was around I needed to quickly be able to show how this could look cool, and convince the powers that be to let me do it. We went to the bar the day earlier, and I did a handheld, high ISO shot from a corner. I took that image and processed it on my laptop as quick as I could and moved a copy of it to my Ipad. This would allow me to go to the managers and say “Hey.. this is what i’d like to do, minus the people” giving me access to the location pre-open. After showing the shot, the management was cool with me coming and setting up a tripod for the shoot the following morning, giving me the shot below:
I’m telling you, if there’s EVER a reason for you to own an iPad, it’s to be able to set a foothold for shoots. It just helps when someone can visualize what you’re trying to do.