Monday, 28 September 2009
Making the sunset
When out in Poland recently Olga, Daria and myself made a sunset...with only one flash.
having got myself some gels for flashes at last i decided it was about time i played with them. So off we went into the woods with the girls dressed up and looking good and myself holding a lot of camera equipment (as normal...).
Fist things first i found a nice dark area of forest that had a decent cold light in it:
Next i needed to create a warm glowing sun, so i used my helpful light stand Daria to move around and adjust the flash settings with a full CTO gel over the flash. The flash was zoomed in to create a strong directional light, but as it was a good 5-10 meters from the subject we needed all that strength even when shooting at higher ISO, as i needed to keep the shutter speed up so that the ambient didn't go all blury with my 70-200 f4 handheld. After moving the light around and finding a good spot to photograph from we got some great pictures of Olga in the sunset in the forest.
Now it was Daria's tern. She normally hates having photos taken of her, but she looked great and in a very short time we relaxed her enough to get a few nice shots. Olga took over as the lightstand whilst Daria did her thing and posed for the camera.
Thanks for the help girls! It was a fun little shoot.