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lonis December 30, 2018
Thay photo got a Very beautiful composition!!!
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SharonCovert Jan 03
Beauty, happiness, and sheer joy!
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Love the moment of the capture
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joemableson Feb 12
A reminder of my younger days back in the 60’s lovely pic

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Behind The Lens

I took this photo in a little wooded area near my old apartment. I used to run through it on many a spring and summer evening yet never came across this patch full of bluebells. It is a quiet place in Cornwall called Perranarworthal (quite the mouthful), but because not many people reside there, it makes for a peaceful background for the occasional shoot.
If I recall correctly, it was approaching midday when I took this shot. The sun was out but not too harsh.
The tree canopy made the light soft and perfect. The shadowed background allowed the openings to really jump out in the shot. The model say within such an opening and combined with her attire and getting her to laugh, the shot was captured.
I shot (as I always do) with my Sony A7R and a 50mm prime lens on 1.8. I like to shoot free and make use of natural light, so no tripod or flash was used, just me making use of the flip screen to capture a low viewpoint without having to get muddy.
The model requested a shoot from me as her previous images and portfolio tended to be quite edgy and harsh. She wanted to see herself in a softer setting. As I knew her quite well and understanding that she was quite the hippy, I chose a setting and outfit that would suit her personality. It seemed to do the trick.
I generally like to keep my editing to a minimum so the image was barely touched. Slight alterations on Adobe Lightroom was enough to bring out the vibe a little more, but all in all, this image took about two minutes of editing.
In my camera bag
If I am shooting portraits then I always go for my Sony A7R and 50mm prime. I love the atmosphere that they create together. I do always have a couple of flash options in my bag though. You never know when the British weather is going to let you down and gloom over. I am paranoid about running out of power, so I usually have about eight batteries on my and all my SD cards are bomb proof and by Gobe. They make fantastic cards and plant a few trees each time you purchase one.
Have fun with your model. I have found that the most important thing on any portraiture shoot is to get the model to trust and like you. Building a good rapport is far more important than any piece of equipment. Treat the model well, keep them warm and make them laugh and they will do all the work for you.

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