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Hot chocolate on a cold day

Hot chocolate on a cold day
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Witmar
 
Witmar February 14, 2017
great picture
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outlitephotography February 14, 2017
thank you
BrunoHeeb PRO
 
BrunoHeeb February 16, 2017
all-time favorite ,absolutely amazing shot
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outlitephotography February 20, 2017
thank you so much :)
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ChasingShadows February 19, 2017
Wow!
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outlitephotography February 20, 2017
thank you so much :)
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots March 23, 2017
Great composition and capture! Congrats.
dawnhynes
 
dawnhynes March 23, 2017
How beautiful. Love it

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Behind The Lens

Location
This image was taken in my living room which doubled up (or shell I say quadrupled up) as dining room, office and my daughter's playroom. It was quite a small, darkish room and I never thought it had any potential as a set for my photos.
Time
It was a very early summer morning and my daughter just got out of bed. I made breakfast and hot chocolate. When I walked into the room I saw this amazing light. I could not believe how clear and crisp it looked through the window. I immediately new what I wanted to achieve and I sat my daughter on the window sill with her drink. I had to act fast as my 2 year old had very limited patience for mummy's photo ideas. Her bright pink pyjamas added too much colour into the set so instead I grabbed the only white piece of clothing I had near me - my business shirt. It all came together beautifully.
Lighting
As the photo was backlit with window light I used a reflector to the right for fill light. I used a silver reflector to add high contrast to the light and shadows.
Equipment
Nikon D5100 and a 50mm 1.8mm lens. It's wonderful and budget friendly. I also used a silver reflector to the right of the camera. There was no need for anything else.
Inspiration
My daughter is a huge inspiration for me. When she was born my passion for photography sparked and it continued to develop since then. My sister joined me in my passion and now we work together and inspire each other. My daughter is now 5 and she is one of our biggest fans.
Editing
I used Lightroom to bump the shadows a little bit and to convert the image to black and white. I then used Photoshop to remove the white bar from the double hang window as it was obstructive to the scene.
In my camera bag
Both me and my sister just love prime lenses. We only own nikorr nifty fifty but would love to buy Sigma art 85mm 1.4 for our fine art portraiture. As we shoot weddings we also have 24-70mm 2.8 and rent 70-200 2.8m. We love natural light so a 75mm reflector is also a must.
Feedback
Window light is one of the most beautiful things to work with. North facing windows are always the most useful but you can use any window as long as you are mindful of the time of day. I love the morning light the most for its crispness. Once you position your model the camera sensor will most probably freak out a little bit due to the amount of light hitting it directly. If you do not want a to end up with full silhouette reflect some light back with a reflector and bring details back to your subject. Keep the ISO between 400-800, you can also use the exposure compensation if needed.

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