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Katie's Journey



All natural sunlight, lens flares and beams.

All natural sunlight, lens flares and beams.
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8 Comments | Report
laurieleigh_0232
 
laurieleigh_0232 November 05, 2015
love the colors
HeartandHomePhotography PRO
 
HeartandHomePhotography November 05, 2015
All the light beams are totally natural.
thulasidasantd
 
thulasidasantd November 06, 2015
i love your processing style and shot perfect one
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo August 10, 2016
Wonderful! Congrats!
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HeartandHomePhotography August 11, 2016
Thx!
ChrisHPhotos
 
ChrisHPhotos September 08, 2016
Excellent balance and reflection.
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IWOM001 January 23, 2017
I love the use of the colours, light and reflection. Working with natural light and reflections falls in my list of favourite things.
9sanya
 
9sanya February 18, 2017
Nature's beauty captured even more beautifully ????
Lichtfang
 
Lichtfang April 06, 2017
WOW!

Behind The Lens

Location
This was shot down in a creek bed at a local park.
Time
It was about 3:30 in the afternoon. However, in the winter the sun sets about 5 pm here so it was setting pretty quickly. In the winter I still forget to leave extra time with the time change. ;-0
Lighting
When I first go on a shoot I go looking around for where the light "sparkles and glistens" on water and through the leaves. This was one of the first places we spied out. I love shooting toward the sun. It gives a luminescence through the leaves and it usually always gives a wonderful edge around my subjects. The sun spots and glares in this image are completely natural. It's important to know how to use spot metering when shooting toward the sun.
Equipment
I used a Canon T3i, on a tripod. We also used a reflector to shine more light up onto her face. ISO 400 1/2000 f/3.5
Inspiration
A friend and her sister makes costumes and sells them on etsy. I was interested in using some of their costumes in some environmental portraits. They also do re-enactments.
Editing
Yes,In post processing I tend to do as much as possible in Lightroom and then do more complex editing in Photoshop just because I think it's faster. Sometimes I even come back to Lightroom for final touches instead of using PS Camera Raw. I just think it's easier. The way they are linked through Creative Cloud it is just so much easier to flip back and forth now. In Photoshop working with masks is always best. I did a curves adjustment to make the colors richer. Blurring the area around my subject brings more focus to her. Interest between blurred and non-blurred areas creates like a dissidence. I felt that her reflection in the water was too dark and it would be more intriguing if I could see more of her image so I made a copy of her and then flipped it using the distort tool to place it on top of the reflection. Since this was on its own layer I could decrease the density and opacity and erase around the new "reflection" to melt it into the original reflection quite well. So much of all this is just personal taste. I tend to like light contrasted or shining through or against darkness. When it comes to photography there isn't a "wrong" way... It's more about the journey and the discoveries that you find along your way as you go...
In my camera bag
Canon T3i, flash, filters, polarizer, tripod, basic wide angel and zoom lens. Nothing fancy! I can only dream... ;-)
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Keep shooting, and shooting, and shooting, etc!!!

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