njumlin
njumlin

Sun Goddess



If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god.
- Napoleon

If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god.
- Napoleon
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kathleenweetman Platinum
 
kathleenweetman January 18, 2015
Love the light and shade here...great image.k
njumlin
njumlin January 18, 2015
Thank you!! :)
Laurie_Madsen
 
Laurie_Madsen January 18, 2015
STUNNING! Your children's portraits are WONDERFUL and INSPIRATIONAL!
njumlin
njumlin January 18, 2015
I'm blown away by your very kind feedback! Thank you!
ShutterSpeak
 
ShutterSpeak January 19, 2015
Really beautiful work here. I like the way the vignetting as well as the highlight in this image draws your eye right tothe face. The eyes are sharp. A perfect shot. Well done.
njumlin
njumlin January 19, 2015
Very descriptive feedback, thanks! I appreciate it a lot!!
Laurie_Madsen
 
Laurie_Madsen January 19, 2015
I'm blown away by your natural talent!
njumlin
njumlin January 19, 2015
Thanks! I believe that any subject you can photograph and add what you're feeling to, will look better!
Laurie_Madsen
 
Laurie_Madsen January 20, 2015
Full of wonder! Magical Moment captured!
njumlin
njumlin January 20, 2015
Thank you! :) This is my own personal favorite
cynthialesley
 
cynthialesley January 20, 2015
Lovely child , great capture!
njumlin
njumlin January 20, 2015
Thank you so much Cynthia!
Luka180
 
Luka180 January 21, 2015
lovely portraits!!
njumlin
njumlin January 21, 2015
Thanks!! I appreciate your comments, likes and awards :)
loveTime
 
loveTime January 21, 2015
really talented and fantastic gallery
njumlin
njumlin January 23, 2015
Thanks a lot!!
BethStay
 
BethStay February 13, 2015
The light, composition and subject is really good. I'm especially blown away by the color. What kind of camera and lens are you using?
ReneeBlake
 
ReneeBlake February 23, 2015
Love this ! Congrats !
njumlin
njumlin February 24, 2015
Thank you!!
shrikanthkarri
 
shrikanthkarri January 10, 2016
Beautiful tones....
njumlin
njumlin June 23, 2018
Many thanks!
kaych22
 
kaych22 February 12, 2018
Purest expression..... nice shot
njumlin
njumlin June 23, 2018
Thanks a lot!
reginamullencramer
 
reginamullencramer September 28, 2018
great lighting
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Behind The Lens

Location
This is a photo of my daughter. During my 3 months parental leave in 2014, at my everyday stroller walk it sometimes happened that I made a stop at various parks for my daughter to play around. This photo is taken in a park outside Årstaskolan (The name of a school) in Uppsala, Sweden in late November 2014.
Time
The photo is taken at around 3pm during sunset (sunset is very early here during the winter).
Lighting
Everything is about the light in my photos, and of course the endless wonders of my daughter. In this particular photo, the light source is natural light from a low setting sun. The sun's rays come down through the canopy slightly behind. She holds up a stick against the light that she found on the ground. And in the light you should also be able to see her breath. The background consists of moist red-brown leaves that had fallen from the willow trees in the park - they can look a bit purple, as seen in the photo. It's actually a quite dull and grey background but with the right colors on your subject and with good light it will be fine.
Equipment
The photo is captured with a Sony A7 camera together with a Canon 135mm/f2 lens in manual focus. No tripod was used and no flash either. Just a camera and a lens - handheld.
Inspiration
I saw the light coming down through the canopy while I walked by and decided to make a stop in order to take a few shots with her playing around on the ground. I also wanted to capture her breath in the light and was even spoiled by her lifting up a stick upwards towards the light and studying how the light hit it. An amazing moment really!
Editing
The light is genuine but the colors are slightly enhanced. I have a personal preference and rule to never add things to a photo in post-processing that wasn't captured in the original shot. I may however remove stains, spots or scratch wounds etc.
In my camera bag
I often go out with just the camera and one lens. My go-to lenses that I normally use is either a Canon 135mm/f2 L with an adapter or Samyang/Rokinon 85mm/f1.4. I can't decide which one of them is my favorite as I use them equally as much. All the lenses I own are manual focus. In my bag, if I bring one, I will pack spare batteries, a rocket-blower and sometimes a second lens with a shorter focal length like Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm/f0.95.
Feedback
Mixing a colorful subject with a color-less background goes very well! I may even prefer it sometimes. The light is also very important and I always prefer capturing photos with natural light. I personally never use a flash - I'm too busy with the composition, exposure and manually focusing the lens. I would also like to recommend trying to capture a movement, moment or expression that will tell a story. It's an important ingredient in many photos.

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