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Lost in the woods
But guided by the moon

Lost in the woods
But guided by the moon
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lisetgarcia
 
lisetgarcia October 17, 2017
Beautiful colors
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Behind The Lens

Location

This shot was taken at Hardcastle Crags, a wooded Pennine valley in Yorkshire, England.

Time

A whole team of wedding suppliers worked on this shoot from morning until late afternoon. We decided to shoot this concept later on in the afternoon because we knew there was a small risk of the dresses getting wet in the waterfall or discoloured from the smoke grenades. Though fortunately they did not!

Lighting

There was an opening in the woodland canopy which created the perfect natural spotlight on the subjects. It was a mixture of sunshine and cloud—we couldn't have asked for better lighting and weather conditions!

Equipment

I used my Fuji X-T2 and 35mm f/1.4.

Inspiration

This is one image from a larger series. We wanted to convey an ethereal, earthy and mystical atmosphere in this shoot. We planned to take a couple of shots incorporating smoke bombs to accentuate this feel.

Editing

I really loved how the smoke looked in this image. However one of the models expressions wasn't quite what I wanted. I found another shot where she had a more appropriate expression and replaced her face. I then cropped and applied colour correction using Lightroom.

In my camera bag

I never leave the house without my Fuji XPro-1. I feel unbalanced if I don't feel the weight of it strapped around me and knocking against my hip bones. I usually have the 18mm f/2 and 35mm f/1.4 on my person. It's a really lightweight and versatile kit for day to day meandering. If I am going out specifically to shoot, as well as the above I will also always pack my Fuji X-T2 and Canon 5D MK II. I love the different characters of both Fuji's and my Canon. I also pack my nifty 50mm f/1.4, vintage 58mm f/1.9 and depending on the project, I may also take along my 45mm TS-E f/2.8.

Feedback

Prepare. We positioned and briefed the models on what we wanted them to do, composing and practicing a couple of the shots ahead of doing the real thing. Once I was happy with my composition, we set off the smoke grenades. Then it was just a case of calling out instructions for the models, firing away with the shutter and hoping that at least one shot would have the perfect combination of smoke, poses and expressions.

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