We try to take walks
everday when we can for the sake of our health… and to keep the relationship gut at bay. It’s amazing what you can find when you actually take the time to explore your neighborhood. When we’re walking, it’s second nature now to look around for interesting photo spots… and a few weeks back, we hit jackpot!
Click through for a bit against mother nature, why do women need so many dresses, more photos and a BTS shot.
We were pretty excited upon finding the field full of golden wild flowers. Kay’s got the perfect matching yellow dress to bring out the golden tone even more so. Which now brings us to my point of women and their dresses. Do you really need so many dresses? Kay’s reasoning is that women have the memory of an elephant when it comes to dresses. They can recall every dress that friends of theirs have worn to any social event. Because of this, every new event needs a new dress. Huh??!! I don’t get it.
So I pose this question to you ladies out there. For those of you who have visited this blog before, have you seen this yellow dress before? If so, which photo shoots/locations? Try this without having to search the blog at first, let me know in the comments section. Maybe this will close the door to an on-going argument we have lol.
If you look closely at the photos above, you’ll notice that these were taken on 2 separate days. The first day had beautiful overcast clouds… yay! we thought. But, no more than 30 minutes into shooting, I felt a few rain drops come down. How quickly mother nature can turn on you. What then followed is what always happens when you’re amongst friends at first drizzle. We both stood straight up, looked left and right (yup, just like the little critters on Discovery channel), then looked at each other as if silently asking, “Did you feel that? Was that a sprinkle?” It’s a good thing we usually pack lite; we were out of there fast. As soon as we got to the car, it started raining, no joke!
Anyways, here are a few fun photos we always try to capture along with the BTS shot. Doesn’t Kay look like she’s taking a mean one on mother nature for turning the weather on us?
Nikon SB600 x2 speedlights in High Speed Sync mode. With the speedlights in HSS mode, it allows us to use shutter speeds greater than the typical 1/250 max shutter sync speed. By increasing the shutter speed in broad daylight, we can now use a wider aperture (lower f-stop number) for a more creative background blurred effect. With the setting sun as the edgelight, we bounced the speedlights against the California Sunbounce Micro-mini. The Micro-mini is 2′x3′ and gives you an option to use a golden zebra surface or soft white to bounce. Bouncing the light from the flash onto the Micro-mini and back to the subject works better than just bare strobes because the larger your flash surface area is (2′x3′ vs 2″x3″ of the speedlights) the softer your shadows will look. Additionally, the closer your light is to the subject the softer the shadows will be as well. This was our first time using the Micro-mini on-location; it worked very well. It is very lightweight, easy to handle and more resistant to wind than an open umbrella. If unattended on a lightstand, you still need a sandbag though.
Sun light. Again, we used the sun for an additional edge light. Have your subject turn their back towards the sun, expose your camera for the ambient light, then fire away. Adjust your flash power as needed to keep the subject well lit. We were shooting down a hill a bit, so the direct rays of light were blocked by the hill… this made the edge lighting to be more feint than I would have liked.
- Nikon D700
- Nikon 85mm/f1.4 lens
- Nikon 35mm/f2.0 lens
- Tamron 28-75mm/f2.8 lens: added bonus of this lens is that it is also a macro lens. It was used for the closeup macro shots of the bugs. Allows you to get within inches… typical lenses require 1-2 feet to properly focus.
- Nikon SB-600 speedlight x 2
- Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander Unit
- Radio Popper PX
- California Sunbounce Micro-mini: easier to handle than a typical round reflector. It has a rigid aluminum frame to keep the surface tight and flat.