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Beauty in Strength



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18 Comments |
nikolaihessenschmidt
 
nikolaihessenschmidt August 19, 2015
cool image, well done
katyvetter
katyvetter August 19, 2015
thank you so much!
kristinprochnow
 
kristinprochnow September 28, 2015
nice photo . very strong an powerful photo
katyvetter
katyvetter September 28, 2015
thank you!
EyesofDavid
 
EyesofDavid October 12, 2015
hot
Etna PRO+
 
Etna December 18, 2015
Beautiful shot
katyvetter
katyvetter December 19, 2015
Thank you so much Etna!
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BrunoHeeb January 16, 2016
all-time favorite ,amazing shot
nandicmb
 
nandicmb January 17, 2016
Congratulations on winning the Your best shot-2015 Photo Challenge!
bridgetrendall
 
bridgetrendall January 18, 2016
Great win well done for this awesome photograph that breathes life :)
AshleyGoverman
 
AshleyGoverman January 18, 2016
Congrats Katy! Love this one!
joycealicesmith
 
joycealicesmith January 18, 2016
Great image! Congratulations on winning the Challenge!
adavies PRO+
 
adavies July 10, 2016
Incredible image! Love the pov! Great job! :)
Pbknphotography
 
Pbknphotography July 10, 2016
Superb shot.superb compose
keithfey
 
keithfey January 27, 2017
Well composed and beautifully lit, I like your leading lines and choice of lane 4, beauty in strength.. all sorts of ideas can be conjured from your photograph.. Well done Regards keith
JT_Foulds
 
JT_Foulds August 11, 2017
Awesome shot. #girlpower
Pete_Rowbottom
 
Pete_Rowbottom September 22, 2018
great image, love this
lieberaugust
 
lieberaugust September 23, 2018
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
lieberaugust
 
lieberaugust September 23, 2018
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nabarundevreeze
 
nabarundevreeze May 01, 2019
love it
Sharleen_C
 
Sharleen_C June 02, 2021
Amazing strong beauty!
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Behind The Lens

Location

This photo was taken on the track at the Minot High school campus in North Dakota. This is where she did a lot of her practices/training/competitions. I think it always means more to find a setting that really is important to the person, or is an area they are very familiar with/spend a lot of time.

Time

This image was shot at one of my favorite times of day... those last few golden moments right before the sun fully sets. Those golden moments make everything glow and bring a vibrancy to an image that could otherwise be a bit dull.

Lighting

I wanted to keep her lit well to draw the eye to her (those leading lines help that too). So, I used a reflector to reflect the light from the setting sun back on her face so I could keep the background vibrant while still allowing her to stand out.

Equipment

I shot this image with my Canon 5D Mark iii, with my 24-70 Canon L lens attached. I did not use flash. I did use a fill reflector (camera right) to bounce light back onto her face.

Inspiration

She is a very athletic girl that is in a variety of sports. She wanted to showcase that, and her strength, in one shot. I loved that we could be on the track to incorporate the leading lines and her favorite lane to run in.

Editing

I used Photoshop elements 9 to process this image as well as Digital Photo Professional to adjust in RAW and convert to JPEG. The sky was added in post processing... although it was already lit with red and gold hues. I was able to put the other sky in at a low opacity to blend it a bit better. I then used the burn tool to darken the edges to add some depth. I wanted a bit of clouds in the sky to add drama.

In my camera bag

I shoot almost solely with my Mark iii and my 24-70 lens. I do, however, keep my Canon t2i and a 50mm prime with me at all times as well. I sometimes use a speed light for fill flash. But, I generally use just natural light and reflectors.

Feedback

One thing I have learned for more dramatic shots is to be very particular about when you shoot. I knew I wanted this shot to be done when there was color in the sky and low light that could be bounced back.

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