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Black and white portrait of a young male posing on the beach



Black and white portrait of a young male posing on the beach

Black and white portrait of a young male posing on the beach
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Runner Up in Black And White Compositions Photo Contest vol3
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Behind The Lens

Location
South of Cambodia. I was backpacking for 6, 7 years throughout SE Asia, and got stuck at some point in Cambodia. Being "stuck" there and not changing the places more frequently as i used to do most of the time turned out excellent cause i had a chance to meet the local community much more. I met this guy, we became pretty good friends quickly, probably cause he's an artist as well and one day we just decided to play around on the beach and do some shooting.
Time
Maybe an hour or two before the sunset when there's still a lot of light available, but most importantly because of the angle that it creates the shadows.
Lighting
Being a tropical paradise, there a lot of palms in different shapes and sizes and I've been watching them creating interesting shadows and shapes every day on the beach, so i had a pretty good insight in the light/shadow/timing patterns. Just before the sunset, the sun is still a strong source of light, but due to its position and angle, it creates strong and long shadows which when projected onto something, could create and interesting results.
Equipment
I've used at that time some DSLR, Nikon, not sure which one was and 35mm f1.4, nothing else, unless a palm branch counts as equipment as well.
Inspiration
The location. South of Cambodia is (was before) an amazing land to explore. And, ofc, my Cambodian friend. His father is French and his mother is a local woman. You can imagine (and actually see in the photo) really unique and interesting facial and body features.
Editing
I do post-process all my photos. I just use Photoshop, check the color balance, contrast, tones. With this one, i knew right away it's going to be black and white. I didn't want any distractions and simply wanted that contrast between the model and the projected shadows to pop up. A slightly faded look is achieved with a simple curves adjustment.
In my camera bag
I've switched from DSLR's to mirrorless cameras a few years ago and right now i have Sony a6300. I usually carry 2 lenses, 35 f1.4, and 250 f1.8. Occasionally i would carry a small, compact, carbon, travel tripod. Lately, i do like to experiment with glass and light, colors, and shadows, so i have a stack of a weird looking, morphed, all kind of glasses to shoot through.
Feedback
Try to shoot when the sun is closer to the horizon. Morning sun works, but i find just-before-the-sunset sun more soothing, magical, warmer.. and your model probably won't look like he/she just got out of the bed. Experiment with different types of objects being projected onto your model/s, play around with positing them, observe the shadows they create, and how they interact with your model and have fun playing with it.

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