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aroopghosh October 21, 2017
nice look
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tinadawdyphotography January 06, 2018
Gorgeous
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Stunning
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marcbaechtold May 14, 2018
great composition with nice colors and good contrast, keep shooting!
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Bonnie_D July 18, 2018
Very nice, so natural looking which is refreshing!!
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DSMphoto July 30, 2018
Beautiful
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Lorlee_Lee_Murray October 19, 2018
Still except for movement of hair, lovely capture
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Byronfairphotography October 21, 2018
Great portrait
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tongant Jan 31
Stunning shot, a beautiful portrait!

Portrait - Black and White



Portrait in BW during a windy day...
Portrait in BW during a windy day...
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Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was shot in Nice, France, in a park.
Time
It was shot at 5PM. It was the end of the shooting session started 3 hours sooner. I noticed from experience that the best photos I shot with models are often made after few hours of shooting. When the wind started to blow, I had the feeling that a great photo could be shot...
Lighting
I shot with a very strong backlight, so I had to use a small reflector to fill the shadow. I decided to shoot in a strong backlight because the sun light was very harsh and it was the only way for the model to open her eyes.
Equipment
I used a Nikon D810 and the 85mm1.8G lens which is the perfect combination for portraits. I also used a small 24inches white reflector to fill the shadows.
Inspiration
The idea was to use the wind as a natural "studio fan" in order to bring "life" to the portrait.
Editing
I decided to turn the picture in Black and White and to add grain. The picture is much more powerful in black and white than it is in color, and the grain gives a little "vintage style" to the photo. I also add a slight "vignetting" effect in order to give more attention to the model face.
In my camera bag
When I shoot models for outside portrait session, I often use a 85mm 1.8G and the 70-200 F4 (lighter than its 2.8 brother) with my Nikon D810. I also carry a small 24inches reflector, two SB910 flashes, two tripods for off camera flash, and a small lumiquest Sotfbox. With all this gear, I can face nearly all lighting condition.
Feedback
The most important thing in portrait photography is, in my opinion, to create a climate of trust between the photographer and the model. Once you get it, everything is easier and you can achieve exactly what you have in mind. Model management is the key aspect. Also, do not hesitate to add "natural element" in your composition to give more character to the final image. In my case it was the wind, but in some case, shooting portrait under the rain (or the snow) can be great too.

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