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Behind The Lens

So, I live in Oregon. Here we have the Oregon Country Fair (OCF). It's a wild, weekend (sometimes week) long festival that draws tens thousands of people every year. I suspect some of you will know it. Now, for much of the year, the fairgrounds flood. It rains a lot in this part of Oregon, and the fairgrounds are relatively sunken, leading to a lot of water pooling in several parts of the 8 (the main fairground are called the 8, as in figure 8). If you're lucky though, by about march, the water can begin to dry out, allowing you to access the main sections of the 8. It's beautiful. Even without the people and decorations up, dozens of hand built structures and statues fill the fairgrounds, offering a beautiful location for photography work if you can make it.
Close to sunset. This shoot was for my best friend's engagement. our plan was to catch golden hour at the fairgrounds. There are a lot of trees, but the sun is able to peak through in many locations, giving you a beautiful environment to work in. Unfortunately for us, clouds decided to roll through, crushing our dreams of golden light. We were still able to get some beautiful results thankfully, as the overcast sky did provide fantastic soft light.
All natural, just a bright, overcast day. Like I said above, we were hoping for golden hour, but clouds came through. We were certainly disappointed a bit, but it didn't stop us from capturing some gorgeous shots.
Sony A7III with either a Sony 85mm F/1.8, or a Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8. Both fantastic pieces of glass. Nothing else. No lights, tripods, all handheld.
An offer to a friend. No really, My best friend was getting engaged to his girlfriend, and they hadn't planned an engagement shoot yet. He is the man who got me into photography in the first place, and we have worked together many times since we meet (not to mention he's ya know, my best friend). Can't say there was anything that particularly "inspired" me to get this shot. We were just walking around the location, and the hole in the wall seemed like a good spot for a frame in the shot. I basically just kept shooting as they just acted like their normal, cute selves.
Color work only from what I remember. All on Lightroom Classic. Even the shadows out, soften the skin a bit, a touch of color correction. Really not much work over all. I actually wish I had stylized it a bit more, just make it feel a bit more contrasty and dramatic, though I admit that I'm quite happy with it nonetheless.
In my camera bag
Pretty basic. My camera, the Sony A7III (I'm sure many of you know it). A set of lenses, usually the Sony 85mm F/1.8, Tamron 28-75mm F2.8, and the Tamron 20mm F/2.8. An old Pentax 50mm F/1.4 film lens often hops into my nag as well (it gets beautiful flares and bokeh, and has a lovely softness wide open). I have a small tripod I carry when needed, and a film slr often ends up in my bag as well (usually a Canon F1 or a Beseler Topcon). Never really carry a flash, still haven't really learned how to use one effectively. Plan to pick up a Fuji Rangefinder one of these days, would love the smaller form factor as an everyday carry, plus the film simulations are fantastic.
Honestly, to replicate this shot wouldn't take much. You could probably shoot it in your backyard with a cut out piece of fence. Beyond that, just focus on good framing and even lighting. It's a simple shot, but then again so many of the best ones are. My advice, just go out and shoot. Have fun, and shoot as much as you can. Even if you think a shot isn't worth it, try it out, it just might come back and surprise you.

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