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pstavs January 19, 2016
This photo titled 'Darkness' is processed to be a little gritty and raw, even a little unflattering, and so it becomes beautiful in an unconventional way!
 
giovanioliveira7 February 17, 2016
Beautifull light !
pstavs February 17, 2016
Thank you!
 
ElronF1 February 18, 2016
Sometimes unflattering is what makes a great photo. But unflattering isn't the right word. I'd say true is a better match for me. And that is what makes it special. A truly great portrait. Well done
pstavs February 18, 2016
ElronF1 thank for for the gracious comment!
 
JasonTrikes July 21, 2016
This is great because everyone can see this in a different way. I see troubled, like a young lady stuck in a relationship and can't leave.
 
Kortny-bec March 18, 2017
Gorgeous
pstavs December 31, 2017
Thank you!
 
Witmar December 11, 2017
fantastic shot
pstavs December 31, 2017
Thank you!

Darkness



This portrait is titled darkness because it depicts 'our darkest hours'. It is an attempt to uncover some elusive intimate & dark emotion, like an...
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This portrait is titled darkness because it depicts 'our darkest hours'. It is an attempt to uncover some elusive intimate & dark emotion, like an expression of sadness, which isn't easily expressed in an image.
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Behind The Lens

Location
This is a studio shot
Time
Irrelevant to the resulting image, but around noon
Lighting
Yes, the mood is set using a silver beauty dish with a grid to really focus the light and make it dramatic
Equipment
Camera was a D800 and 85mm f/1.8 lens. It is shot with a single studio light
Inspiration
The photoshoot inspiration came from a friend who was going through some personal turmoil, and I wanted to capture and express that emotion
Editing
Very little post processing in fact, but I did go for a gritty and grainy look to accentuate the raw emotion
In my camera bag
A portrait lens and my D800 are standard features, but I also love creative wide angle lenses.
Feedback
With this shot the key is the lighting and the crop, get the light high up to chisel out the facial features, do not try to pose the model but rather let her tap into her inner emotions and try to capture what she gives you. Post processing is also going to play a part in achieving the mood, so have a plan before you shoot and watch the magic unfold

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