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A summer afternoon in a meadow of wildflowers

A summer afternoon in a meadow of wildflowers
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Joseph1 Platinum
 
Joseph1 Apr 06
love the capture of sibling bonding
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DAsEye Apr 06
A great shot
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Awesome photo 💕
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hedelinay May 11
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Behind The Lens

Location

I captured this image at the confetti flower field in Pershore, England. For one week a year you can visit the confetti fields before they are cut, there is a beautiful wildflower field next to rows of Delphiniums.

Time

This was taken around 3pm, on a hot summer day. There are strict time slots and access ends at 5pm so it isn’t possible to photograph during golden hour like I would have hoped. It is so beautiful at any time, I can imagine how amazing it is at sunset!

Lighting

As it was a hot summers day with no shade, the lighting was quite harsh so I waited for tiny bits of cloud cover for every shot so I could soften the shadows as much as possible. This is all natural light. Due to the very small pathway for the children to stand, there was no location for anyone to stand with a reflector or flash.

Equipment

This was shot on a Canon 5dmkiv, 70-200L at 200mm at 2.8. It was handheld with no lighting equipment or reflectors.

Inspiration

I wanted to capture the connection and bond between my children. I love saving these sweet, quiet moments for them to look back on forever. My son admires his sister so much and always wants to make her happy. He is the sweetest always giving her flowers, and she is the best big sister always looking after him and making him laugh. They are so lucky to have their special friendship.

Editing

I always start my edits in Lightroom by checking through the basics, correcting white balance, shadows etc then I go into Photoshop for further work. In this case, it was mainly colour alteration using curves to preserve the beautiful colours but tone down the neon greens due to the high sun.

In my camera bag

For a location shoot I always have my 70-200L. Although it’s heavy, it’s amazing for creamy bokeh at 200mm. I always have my 50L 1.2 but mainly use this indoors for lifestyle. I usually have my macro 100L and my 16-35L for landscape. I always have a backup camera, a 6dmkii, spare memory cards and batteries. I carry ND filters and a V1 flash just in case. Bug spray, suncream and most importantly, chocolate are always with me too! If I’m out for wildlife then it’s a different bag altogether.

Feedback

I think the most important thing to do is prepare. Think about the clothes so they don’t distract from but compliment your subject, the time of day and lighting, and find a location you love that holds the magic. Then guide your subject to that area to wait for the connection to happen, whether that is with a sibling, nature or the camera. Be quiet in the moment with children. I often create stories of magic and fairies or games to inspire them.

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