October 24th, 2011.
So the deal with Me and Keira Knightley is that I've never photographed her and she appears to be going about her life blissfully unaware of my existence. That makes her no different from any number of Beautiful People out there. However many of those I've managed to photograph whereas Keira Knightley, despite two premieres (and one public event) during periods where I was theoretically based in London, has never yet wandered in front of my lens wondering whether three or four popcorns might ruin her thin figure.
So this was my big chance.
Here's how it went down (mostly, and almost) in flames.
Amazingly, she then started getting interviewed more or less slightly in front of me. The lighting was crappy, the crowd were in the way, I'd somehow reset the white balance to 'assume I want to reproduce candle-lit', and the autofocus chose precisely THAT moment to fail me at close range.
Then, finally, for a mere seven frames, she was in focus. Three were (sadly) unflattering, and four are identical to this one:
And then, a short time later, the went into the cinema. And then, a short time later...
Interesting note : it's not particularly often that the stars will actually WATCH the movie they're at the premiere for (which sort of makes sense given they could do a dozen premieres in a two or three week period and might get kind of sick of it
So... that was that. Disappointed? A little bit if I'm honest. A full-length portrait shot would have been nice and I had the lens and location to do it, just not the miraculous parting of the crowds I seem to be so lucky with when it's freaking Fassbender or something...
But tomorrow is another day. And it's an all-male Roland Emmerich film (woohoo!).