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I was giving photo lessons to a group from back east on the Salt Flats. I wanted to show how a flash can dratically improve a portrait, easpecially one with act...
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I was giving photo lessons to a group from back east on the Salt Flats. I wanted to show how a flash can dratically improve a portrait, easpecially one with action. This was just Kahlan and I playing around having fun.... and @kahlan_f just KILLED it.

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Nikon D810 ISO800 ƒ-13 1-800sec 15mm © 2018
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6 Comments | Report
Alfredo_Jose PRO
 
Alfredo_Jose August 11, 2018
Stunning, gorgeous shot!
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DaveKochPhoto August 12, 2018
Thanks you- this one was so much fun to do!
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MrJBond October 17, 2018
Nice capture
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DaveKochPhoto November 01, 2018
Thanks!
rikpoo
 
rikpoo October 31, 2018
reading the story behind this picture was very interesting
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DaveKochPhoto November 01, 2018
Thanks! I was lucky!
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simonparry November 01, 2018
Amazing capture,,,
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DaveKochPhoto November 01, 2018
She is a great dancer- made it easy! :)
judykarendal PRO
 
judykarendal November 08, 2018
Amazing!
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DaveKochPhoto November 09, 2018
I was lucky to work with such a good dancer...
john_arsenault
 
john_arsenault November 16, 2018
Kahlan did kill it, but so did you; a masterpiece.
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DaveKochPhoto November 16, 2018
John- you are very kind- thank you for your kind words. I just see what I did and what I do.... what she did I cannot! :)

Behind The Lens

Location
Don't hate me for this: this was a throw away image. I was teaching a workshop, and Kahlan (the dancer here) was the model. The problem was we had 3 Olympus shooters, a sony shooter, a couple of canon and a few nikon. So none of us could shoot with flash.... well, I could, but that would not have been fair. So Kahlan modeled, and the workshop shot. We used bolts of cloth for interest, and shot until about a half hour before sunset. While we rested waiting for sunset, Kahlan said to me that we should just knock out a shot on our own. I liked the break in the mountains to the north, positioned her there and said jump! I think we shot three or four images is all. Maybe a couple shots just to dial in the angle and the exposure. As I recall, I am laying on my stomach shooting almost straight up. We work together a lot, so we understand each other, and we have this way of working- can't explain it. All I know is that in four shots I knew we had it. She knew we had it. So we stopped and this ended up being in that set of images. When we turned around all the workshop people were staring at us. They could tell we just got something good, too. In fact, there is a good picture of me on the salt shooting this. I have such good memories surrounding this. It was just such fun, and seemed so natural.... like no effort at all. I was not under pressure to shoot something good- we had already done the workshop thing. This was just us having fun and doing what we love to do, and nailing it!
Time
Just before sunset.... probably 7:30 or 8 PM. All natural lighting.
Lighting
Sun was not quite down, but we got good reflection form the salt. Lucky the exposure worked out so well.... this is no flash.
Equipment
Hand held on the ground, super wide angle 15mm.
Inspiration
I do know I was after an exaggerated jump- that was why I was so low, and using such a wide lens. I wanted Kahlan top look like super woman!
Editing
Minor color correction and contrast. As much as the blue looks fake or exaggerated, it is not- that is the skies we get her in summer.
In my camera bag
Here I had everything- two complete camera gear bags. I had my FF and my crop. I shot this full frame.
Feedback
Every image is important, either in it's own right, or as a stepping stone to an even better image. Never just shoot- shoot to be better, to improve.

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