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4 Comments |
stigfagerli PRO+
 
stigfagerli December 15, 2020
Coool
StratosPhilPhoto PRO+
 
StratosPhilPhoto December 17, 2020
Very nice photos
squarederic Platinum
 
squarederic September 28, 2021
Beautifully composed. Great shot!
sherrytblackwell
 
sherrytblackwell March 21, 2022
I love the subjects eyes, like they're staring into my soul! 😊 This is a really cool photo.
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Behind The Lens

Location

This photo was taken in the River Arts District of Asheville, North Carolina. There used to be the remnants of a large burned down warehouse (which I've also shot in), but when that structure was removed it was replaced with a cement lot for tractor trailers and cardboard/paper bales to be stored. While I miss the warehouse, shooting around the trailers and their graffiti is still incredibly worth while.

Time

I believe this was shot around 5 or 6 pm, as the sun had begun to set. It had started to cool down, so we were getting more comfortable being outdoors. Though after some time working in the shade of the trailers got a bit chilly.

Lighting

As the sun had begun setting, there was a lovely orange glow to the lighting on the trailers around the model, and the light reflecting off the concrete floor underneath us helped to add a bit of bounce light which let us avoid to dramatic of a silhouette. Because we were in between two large trailers, we didn't have to deal with the harsh sunlight directly, but it still added a lovely glow off the corners of the trailer's reflective surface.

Equipment

For this shoot all I used was my Nikon D850 and a 35mm lens. The original shot is a full body portrait, so I needed the wider angle to capture everything hence why I used the 35. I hadn't planned on a close up shot, otherwise I'd have stuck with an 85mm lens.

Inspiration

There were these two towering trailers that we could fit neatly in between, and I loved the leading lines they created towards the model. I initially shot this as a full body portrait, but I loved the grunginess of the dirt on her face and the fierceness of her gaze that I decided to have a cropped in version as well. I gave the crop a Dutch angle to distance it a bit more from its full body version.

Editing

Aside from the crop and Dutch angle, this shot had a lot of color editing done to it. The glasses were originally yellow, but I changed them to orange to compliment her hair. I wanted the blue hair and orange glasses to pop more too, so those colors had a boost in vibrancy. I brightened the background so the model would stand out more, and used an unsharp mask and clarity boost to bump up the grunge. Theres a subtle grunge overlay on the image as well just to add more texture.

In my camera bag

I always carry my d850, as well as my four prime lenses: 35, 50, 85, 105. I have an sb5000 flash unit that I'll occasionally use, but for this particular shot it was just the natural lighting.

Feedback

Utilize your environment and play around with your colors until you find the mood you're going for. This shot was incredibly fun to capture, but just as enjoyable to process. Most of its character came through in the editing room. I saw its potential on location but didn't know exactly what it would become until I started the processing

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