stevenjay
stevenjay

sand angel



night shoot at the beach with my friend sara.

night shoot at the beach with my friend sara.
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LeeBennett PRO+
 
LeeBennett January 07, 2014
Great idea!
Timbo
 
Timbo July 29, 2014
Love the creativity captured here.. Well done
Timbo
 
Timbo July 29, 2014
Love the creativity captured here.. Well done
Etna PRO+
 
Etna October 17, 2014
Great shot
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta February 28, 2015
Terrific image. Congratulations on being Featured.
Remraf
 
Remraf February 28, 2015
Great shot!
tetvet PRO+
 
tetvet February 28, 2015
great shot. congrats
IMNthephotographer
 
IMNthephotographer February 28, 2015
nicely done
BlinkEye
 
BlinkEye February 28, 2015
You captured free spirit. Very creative
iceman2
 
iceman2 February 28, 2015
Beautiful composition!Congrats
chuckrickman
 
chuckrickman February 28, 2015
Excellent work. Congrats on being featured.
Solomulala
 
Solomulala February 28, 2015
Really great shot, congrats!
SusiStroud PRO+
 
SusiStroud February 28, 2015
Very Nice! Congrats on being featured.
carlosramos
 
carlosramos February 28, 2015
Fabulous image, great creative idea. !
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 March 01, 2015
Wow... Amazing... Congrats! ")
vbbluesydude1254431
 
vbbluesydude1254431 March 05, 2015
Fantastic shot!
hectorvazquez
 
hectorvazquez March 05, 2015
Great concept
Bruz PRO+
 
Bruz March 05, 2015
This is awesome and it does look like wings. Congrats on the feature.
dickystefanus
 
dickystefanus March 05, 2015
NICE HIGH SPEED.. And flash usage.. superb
shadow77
 
shadow77 March 06, 2015
amazing thought captured very well ... thumbs up
ShutterBug76 PRO+
 
ShutterBug76 April 22, 2015
love this one
FrankEmil PRO+
 
FrankEmil April 28, 2015
Like it!!
itzshanon
 
itzshanon May 12, 2015
looks like angel wings - great job!
bismatahir
 
bismatahir June 23, 2015
superb shot... just love it (y)
BLAKSTEEL
 
BLAKSTEEL July 21, 2015
Fantastic creativity
KingT
 
KingT July 21, 2015
Very very nice!
vojce PRO+
 
vojce July 22, 2015
fantastic bravo
lito
 
lito July 22, 2015
Nice...
RickSchwartz
 
RickSchwartz July 23, 2015
Great idea and execution. Well done.
kanizkhan
 
kanizkhan August 02, 2015
My God! What a brilliant idea! Great shot.
kennedy80312
 
kennedy80312 September 05, 2015
Perfection!!
ElieserC
 
ElieserC September 11, 2015
Nice!
lidiyamurugan
 
lidiyamurugan July 28, 2016
Amazing job, by the photofrapher as well as model
mandyweir_1373
 
mandyweir_1373 November 25, 2016
Wow! Amazing !!
ArisArtOasis
 
ArisArtOasis January 11, 2017
Wow this is simply stunning! How did you get the model so clear with such movement combined with long exposure?
jettahlily008 PRO+
 
jettahlily008 August 10, 2017
Fantastic!!! :)
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography September 11, 2017
Very nicely done
tenobcy
 
tenobcy January 25, 2018
I love your photo; have seen it some time ago. It amazes me how the sand was thrown. She is still with shutter of 1/10 and there is plenty of sand falling down. How did you manage to do this? Would you reveal your technique, please?
susanqbyrd PRO+
 
susanqbyrd Feb 03
Fun shot
timestopping
 
timestopping Feb 14
WOW!
Seisselberg PRO
 
Seisselberg Jul 15
Well done !

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken right by my place in Venice, California. I live close to the water, and I'm always happy to incorporate the beach into my shoots. I tried a similar style at sunset with my brother a few years ago. I liked those shots, but was more than happy to try it again with an attractive model.
Time
It was nearly 11 pm. The beach was nice and quiet at that time. My only concern was disturbing the nearby homes with the flash, but I didn't hear any complaints.
Lighting
I tried this at sunset with natural backlight before, which made for a pretty cool silhouette. I was happy to capture the detail this time around with the off-camera flash set at a slight angle.
Equipment
This was shot with a Canon 7D and 24-70mm lens. I had a 580 EX-II mounted off-camera for lighting.
Inspiration
My friend needed some shots for an audition, and we decided to get a bit creative. Thankfully, she's a good sport, and was fine with multiple takes, despite getting coated in sand after every shot!
Editing
I try to keep my shots as natural as possible. However, this one benefitted from bumping up the exposure a little, and further lightening the levels.
In my camera bag
My go-to lenses are the Canon 24-70 and 70-200 f/4 IS. I also keep an ultrawide and a fisheye around, should the opportunity arise for more creative shots.
Feedback
Take the photos in a place where there aren't any people, or other visual distractions, in the background. Make sure the model holds a smile, which is hard to do while concentrating on throwing the sand. And convince the model that it's a messy photo to take, but very rewarding. Almost every shot looked interesting!

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