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Flemming
 
Flemming May 27, 2015
So much love. I would have liked the fingers on the mom wasn't cut.. Otherwise good composition

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in a field right outside my hometown Beatrice, Nebraska.
Time
Despite being taken over a year ago, I remember the day like it was yesterday. I was sixteen at the time, it was a school night and I had no homework. What do I do? Of coarse, take pictures! I got a call earlier that week from a younger mother asking if I had time to do any pictures soon, so we set up a time to meet on a Wednesday at 6:00 P.M. Which I then took this photo during golden hour around 7:00 P.M.
Lighting
The time of day made for really great back-light. I always love the way back-light can help separate the background from the subject. The lighting also really helped bring out the colors of the background, lighting up the trees and shrubs.
Equipment
This photo was taken with a Canon 70D and a 50mm 1.2. No other equipment was used.
Inspiration
I am always seeing other images on the internet that tell such amazing stories. After finally figuring out that doing the same poses over and over again isn't going to get me anywhere, I told the little boy "Okay, on the count of three run up to mommy and give her a huge hug" I captured this image finally realizing my images wont tell a story unless a story has been told.
Editing
When you're sixteen years old and don't have money for a $2000 lens to get the blur you want, you compromise. One big change I did to this image was adding a Gaussian blur in Photoshop. I made a selection using the pen tool, copied the subject into another layer and blurred the background layer. I wanted to make sure it wasn't to obvious that I had created the blur in post-production. Another thing I love to do to all my images, is bring the colors of the background out. In this case, the yellows and the oranges. I used the adjustment layers, color balance, vibrance, and curves to help make the colors really pop. I also did other minor adjustments to contrast and brightness.
In my camera bag
I now carry a Canon 6D with a 85 1.8 almost always attached. This lens is my go-to lens for most of my portrait work. The soft blur it creates can really help a image look more professional. I also carry a 50mm 1.4 and a 24-105mm. Id have to say the 50 1.4 collects the most dust, but I don't see it ever leaving my bag. I use the 24-105mm the most for landscapes and wide shots. I always carry an extra battery or two which always can come in handy at some point.
Feedback
Here in Nebraska, people know everyone. Something I have learned is to not worry about what others think of you. I spent a lot of time taking pictures when I wasn't confident in my work or self. I couldn't stand taking pictures anywhere were others could see me. If you see a location that has amazing light but there are many people around and you choose to keep going. Sure you're going to miss out on a really good picture opportunity. Learn to overcome it and your photos will begin to improve drastically. Another thing I have learned is to take your time, slow down, and really think about how you want to compose your picture. Every few pictures I zoom into the eye of the model and check to see if its blurred. If its sharp zoomed all the way in on your camera, there is a really good chance it will be sharp when editing.

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