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My wife lying on soft moss covering lava in west part of Iceland

My wife lying on soft moss covering lava in west part of Iceland
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scottlandonblake PRO+
 
scottlandonblake April 09, 2014
A stunning color portrait with warm soft colors. Absolutely excellent!!

Keep up the great work.

Landon
Eurokiwiboy
 
Eurokiwiboy September 05, 2014
Brilliant!
mariachernyshova
 
mariachernyshova November 30, 2014
One of the best photos!
GordonD PRO
 
GordonD December 02, 2014
Beautiful Landscape :)) love Iceland, great shot !!! oh and you wife looks lovely !:)
BrunoHeeb PRO
 
BrunoHeeb February 27, 2015
stunning shot, love your style
jodiparker_5877
 
jodiparker_5877 February 06, 2016
masterful !
pietnel
 
pietnel April 16, 2016
Super stunning gorgeous shot

Behind The Lens

Location
I took this picture in the west part of Iceland, moss on old lava field - "Grábrókarhraun" it is called in Icelandic. The picture is of my wife, opera singer Alexandra Chernyshova. I took the
Time
The picture was taken 22th of September 2013 when the autumn colours are at its best. I took the picture at 17:30 in the afternoon and the sun was getting low on the sky. It was rather warm day in Iceland and the sun shining, getting close to sunset.
Lighting
Sunset in Iceland and autumn colours are very beautiful and using soft flash against the sun gives the model beautiful and soft light to fill up the shadows.
Equipment
I used Canon 5DM3, 70-200mm I IS f/2.8 lens, free flash and a softball - my son was holding the flash tripod. Settings for the shot: f/6.3 - 70mm - iso 100 - speed 1/200.
Inspiration
I have a beautiful wife and she is a opera singer, therefor she needs different kind of pictures to promote her. We like to take pictures in the nature, Icelandic nature is great with all kinds of contrast - waterfalls, lava, sunset, black beaches, glacier lagoons and mountains. We saw this day that the circumstances for photo shot would be good, the photo location is only 40 min away from our home.
Editing
I used photoshop for post processing, I did not do very much for this picture - added some contrast and made the foreground little bit darker.
In my camera bag
I have in my bag canon 5DM3, three canon lenses 50mm f/2.8, 16-35mm II f/2.8 for landscape and northern lights and 70-200mm IS f/2.8. I have also a lot of Lee filters for the landscape and sunset photos. Then I have canon speed light 500 and a manfrotto tripod.
Feedback
I am no specialist in this kind of photo shot, me and my wife like to try different things and as a long as we are inventive and spontaneous we usually get interesting result. Playing with light and using the sunlight can be difficult, to much sun gives sometime to hard light and shadows but using softbox and flash against the sun gives nice fill and soft light on the model. Don't be afraid of making mistakes, look at pictures other photographers made and try use some of that knowledge to do your own thing. Here is another picture I did with my wife: https://www.viewbug.com/photo/31197861

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