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Photojunkie90 February 08, 2016
Congrats! Beautiful photo
vojce February 24, 2016
fantastic shot congrats
pietnel September 05, 2017
Gorgeous shot brilliant work
ARUNASPINIGIS November 18, 2020

Behind The Lens

The family owns a lovely little weekender outside of Daylesford in country Victoria, the beauty of the property is that there is very limited phone reception, no TV and very basic which means like it or not your have to slow down. Flora Fauna (Model) has spent most of last few years as a traveling Muse bouncing from one country to the next following the warmer weather and modelling work that follows. On the tail end of her last Australian trip she contacted me a little run down so I suggested spending a few days up at the house.
The image was shot around 10.30 in the morning, the day was fairly overcast and fairly chilly so the morning was spent with pancakes and relaxing by the fire.
I shoot natural light about 95% of the time with indirect window light being one of favourites. Not only is it easy to visualise the play between light and shadow also once you gain an understanding of dynamic range limitations of the camera you're using there is quite a lot of varied image can be created
The room itself is quite small when shooting so for this set I opted for the 10-24mm on the crop sensor of a Nikon D7000, for this particular image setting where ,1/80 @ F4.5, ISO 400.
First and foremost was the quality of light, the room itself is always good in the morning, Secondary to that was I really likes the interplay between Flora's grown and the curtain though not the same texture the similarity in colour and tone worked. By using a wide angle and placing the model into the corner I felt the lines of the house structure would draw the viewer into and hold the viewers attention on the subject.
The main focus with post processing in this image has a lot to do with colour balance. Internally there is a very orange colour cast because of the cedar walls and pine flooring while externally the light is very blue in comparison. So finding the right balance to make everything look normal of colour is important otherwise it can throw off the balance of the image.
In my camera bag
I'm not a big gear nut to be honest, most of the time Im happy to shoot with a 50mm (currently the Sigma Art) and Camera (D750), the 10-24mm is still in my bag just to have a second option along with a couple of speed lights incase I need a bit of fill light.
Technically, watch the way the light hits the face, expose for the highlights of the skin, when shooting with a wide angled lens be sure to keep the camera as level as possible or things will distort quickly. For me this image along with a lot of my work is more about mood and emotion than it is about posing someone, so what I feel is important is that you provide an environment and mood that is inline with what you're trying to produce. Direct your model with restraint and allow the subject express themselves, its cool to tweak a pose but over directing will produce a soulless pose without emotion.

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