LindaStormPhotography
LindaStormPhotography

Sunflowers and sunsets never get old.



Just out looking at a sunflower field as the sun went down.

Just out looking at a sunflower field as the sun went down.
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LindaStormPhotography March 31, 2018
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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo next to a Sunflower field in Eastern Colorado. We always make it a special trip to go look at the sunflower fields in August.
Time
This image was taking at golden hour which is about 7:30pm when the sun is setting.
Lighting
The clouds were shaping up nicely which reflected the sunlight back up into the clouds giving the sunset a nice dreaming feel to it.
Equipment
This was a hand held shot using a Sony A77 camera with an 85mm Rokinon Prime lens. I also had her friend hold a circular reflector up next to her face to bounce the light towards her face. Otherwise, her face would have been much darker.
Inspiration
Sunflowers and sunsets are two of my favorite things. I knew I wanted a photo of my daughter next to some sunflowers during sunset so I just decided to give it a shot and the sunset was magical that day.
Editing
I lowered the highlights down completely and pushed the shadows up in Lightroom so you can see both her face and the sunflowers in detail. I then exported to Photoshop and used luminosity masks to increase the vibrance and saturation to brighten the entire image up.
In my camera bag
My camera bag has my Sony A77 body which usually has my Sony 50mm 1.8 prime lens attached to it. I also carry a Rokinon 85mm 1.4 prime lens and a Tamron XR DiII 18-200mm with me. I generally use the 50mm or 85mm prime the most.
Feedback
Plan ahead for sunset shots. Keep an eye on the weather and shoot at golden hour for the best light. If the sunset doesn't look like it's going to be dramatic, take a few steps closer to your subject and shoot anyway. You will still get beautiful tones on your subject during sunset.

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