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Wind Swept



Portrait of a girl, on a windy overcast day

Portrait of a girl, on a windy overcast day
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in my front yard, by some hedges. I like to just work with whatever I have around me, a hedged nice fall tree, or in the middle of a vacant field.
Time
I took this early in the day in mid November, it was a nice crisp autumn day and was very overcast.
Lighting
It was an overcast day and so I knew the lighting was going to be soft. I put the subject close to a wall on the left hand side, so one side was slightly darker - to prevent potentially very flat lighting by giving one side of the face a bit more shadow than the other.
Equipment
This was shot with a Canon 5D Mark III and the Canon 85mm f/1.4L IS - I like to keep my load light and flexible when working with children.
Inspiration
I was on assignment from my college to capture a child portrait - this is a field I'm very familiar with and was excited to do. In the autumn there's always a nice crisp breeze during the day and so I wanted a bit of that spontenaity in my portrait.
Editing
Yep! I'm not a huge editor, and don't tend towards a lot of post processing, however I always colour grade to correspond with a particular film. This was was edited with a baseline towards Kodak Portra 400 in Lightroom Classic and then the contrast and the greens were pushed further. I will usually also adjust the crop a bit but that's about it.
In my camera bag
That would depend on the shoot, what genre and whether it's personal or professional greatly varies what gear I have. For strictly professional portrait work I have my Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EOS RP, and Fujica G690BL 6x9 Film camera as far as bodies go. My 5D Mark III lives with a Canon 85mm f/1.4L IS on it, and the RP has my Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens on it most times, the lens on my Fujica is a Fujinon 100mm f/3.5. In addition I keep spare batteries for the RP, a roll of Fuji 400H and Ilford XP2 for the Fujica, and two shoulder straps for the digital bodies to hang from. For event and sports work I use my 5D Mark III for its speed and optical viewfinder with a Canon 70-200 f/2.8L, I'm not fond of zooms or how large and heavy this lens is, however it gets the job done and has always produced excellent work. For personal work I have a 1934 Rolleicord 1a Model II TLR that I find refreshing to use compared to my modern gear. Adapting to the challenges of a TLR, as well as to the unique vintage look of its antique glass brings me joy whenever I get the chance to use it.
Feedback
Working with children is a task many would rather avoid, you need lots of patience and flexibility as more often than not it is the child directing the shoot. I go with the flow to keep things natural, as long as they can have some fun and input it'll go a long way towards a good shoot. Be mindful of your lighting, overcast skies are preferred for me due to their soft nature but it can get very flat. Move your subject around a bit to and watch how light falls. As far as camera settings are concerned, I always shoot my camera in burst mode so each expression gets several images. I do this because expressions can change ever so slightly between frames so it reduces the chance of getting a frame where they blink or the eyes move off for a second.

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