sierrasprings PRO+

Long Day





Top Shot Award
Contest Finalist in Image Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 40
Staff Favorite
Peer Award
Absolute Masterpiece
sureshy doubleplay Svenergy72 PierreHaimerl terriholmes michaeldahlvik kevincarey_4380 +1
Top Choice
rayhunt3 JayneBug Hollywood352 RUMEN habilephotography titter jusi18
Outstanding Creativity
ragabelhmamy slemmer nickgeorgevdwesthuizen DanzzArtPhotography
Superb Composition
ReubenKinny robertsalazar DEBOLINA_MOITRA
All Star
Vitaliy_SN Hawk-Eye
Magnificent Capture



Top ClassTM

An Unforgettable Adventure Photo ContestTop 10 class
City Sunsets Photo ContestTop 30 class week 1
Image Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 40Top 20 class
Image Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 40Top 20 class week 2
Image Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 40Top 10 class week 1


3 Comments | Report
stigfagerli PRO+
stigfagerli January 01, 2019
Meget bra
mattiasam February 01, 2019
akashgupta_5463 March 16, 2019
very very nice photography
sierrasprings PRO+
sierrasprings March 19, 2019
Thank you very much.

Behind The Lens

I took this photo in downtown Sacramento at the top of the old Elk's Club building, which was in the process of being totally restored. It is a beautiful old building an I got lots of great shots inside, but we decided to take this shot outside on the fire escape about 12-15 floors high.
It was a long day of shooting in the beautiful old Elk's Club building and as the sun set lower on the horizon the light became golden and almost glowing. The wind kicked up a little and it was a bit chilly outside because it was mid-winter. But, I couldn't resist the light on her face.
Because the sun was setting and it was mid-winter, the light was golden and a bit hazy. But, her face was so well defined by the light and shadow and the textures came alive on her blouse.
I was using my Canon 7D with my Canon 18-200mm lens; handheld. Because we were out on a fire escape balcony high above the Sacramento streets, I didn't want to add a bunch of equipment for this shot. Besides, the light was gorgeous.
I loved her curly green shirt and the way to low sunlight turned her hair almost red. Going out on the rickety little balcony with the wind blowing and trying not to look down thru the iron grated floor of the balcony were all challenges. But, in the end it was worth getting this particular background with this subject in this light.
I always touch up skin and remove any objects that may be distracting. In this case, I used Portrait Pro for her skin and Luminar for the rest of the photo to bring out the contrast between the shadow and light and also to bring out the color of her shirt and the color of the background building windows.
In my camera bag
I like to travel light, so mostly I have my Canon 5D and the 24-70 lens on the camera. I like to carry my 50mm f/1.2 lens with me because I love that lens. I also throw in a polarizing filter and my Canon mirrorless M-6 equipped with a 18-150mm lens. I like the camera because it's small and inconspicuous, has some fun filters and I can use the Hybrid Auto mode which creates a daily digest movie while shooting stills. Very fun for traveling.
Time of day was key in this photo. The outfit she was was particularly enhanced in this lighting. A great subject is a bonus and background should be very interesting but it should not detract from the main subject. I like to look for movement, too, like the wind in her hair.

See more amazing photos, follow sierrasprings