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gorgeous..
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VVow she is Beautiful .\u2665\uFE0F\u2665\uFE0F
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Outstanding beauty....
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Beautiful!
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Very beautiful. Lovely shot.
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Fabulous!

Summer Haze



A young woman unravels her scarf.
A young woman unravels her scarf.
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Contest Finalist in Natural Light Portraits Photo Contest
Runner Up in Covers Photo Contest Vol 51
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Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken in a local park near my house because of the beautiful bokeh created by the spots of light which make their way through the trees.
Time
This photo was taken at 3pm in the afternoon. I specifically wanted to wait for that time in order to avoid the colour caste of late afternoon or early morning. Furthermore this also meant I could easily light her face with a large soft light source in the form of an 80cm reflector.
Lighting
Nothing special about lighting, an 80cm reflector was used. The white side was used as the silver was too harsh and the gold casts unwanted hues on the skin in this specific situation.
Equipment
This was one of my first shots on my new Sony A7riii, with an 85mm sigma art f/1.4 and a white 80cm reflector.
Inspiration
I wanted to do something lifestyle orientated that featured clean bright skin tones and nice soft greens. The scarf was used in order to create some contrast against the fairly solidly green background. Furthermore it also allowed me to play with depth of field and create the feeling of motion.
Editing
Yes a lot of processing was done. I added a graduated filter to the left side of the image to create the bright to dark effect. For the skin I used frequency separation in Photoshop in order to naturally soften blemishes, thereafter I used the brush on Photoshop with the flow set to 2% in order to sample areas of skin tone I liked and replace those which I did not.
In my camera bag
For portraiture shots I always have my Sigma 85mm f/1.4 and my Sony 50mm f/1.8. These two lenses are great for portraiture. However, in the near future I am definitely eyeing a slightly wider angled lens for shots which are in more confined spaces (I just did a series shot on a train and the 50mm was still a bit too much for such a tight area).
Feedback
Don't overcomplicate it, get a model you are comfortable with and that you work well with. Take a couple shots beforehand to get into the flow of the shoot and always remember to bring a mood board or example images of the types of poses you are aiming for. Furthermore if you want to create motion I suggest you find an area with a lot of diffuse light available, this will soften the highlights and allow you to shoot at lower shutter speeds while keeping aperture as low as possible in order to achieve the bokeh.

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