embracing serendipity during a photo shoot
I love that word – serendipity. A bit of chance favoring you. When a tiny bit of serendipity comes your way during a photo shoot, you have to be open enough to see it and then run with the idea.
This photo was taken during the mini photography workshop in Denver. Our model, Elizabeth, had dropped a box on her foot the previous day. When Elizabeth wriggled her feet into these high-heels for the photos, she bent over to soothe the arch of her foot. And then … those legs happened! There was something in this pose that really worked. So we went along with this a while. (I didn’t quite want to call this blog post “a happy accident”, since there was actually a minor accident involved for Elizabeth!)
This photo was taken with the Fuji X100s (vendor) using only the available light. By exposing for my subject, the background blew out. But I had to help that effect further with a bit of Photoshop work. The image was further enhanced with RadLab.
With her pose like this, the light reflecting off the ground lit up her face. Another happy accident. We tried different poses with that hand … and it never quite fell into a position where *this* was the best pose. In the end, I really like this image, and how it came together.
The original intention here with this part of the on-location flash photography workshop, was to work through the thought-process of balancing the exposure of our foreground and background. This is one of the first test images, where I had the exposure correct for the background. This was shot on my Nikon D4.
Then when Elizabeth bent forward, the camera settings were more or less known for the effect I wanted. In other words, it wasn’t much of a fumble to get the image at the top when the opportunity arose for a different image than originally intended.
Just for reference here is the original straight-out-of-camera photo, compared to the final edited image:
As mentioned, I wanted a warmer look to the final image and I used a recipe I created in Radlab.
equipment used & camera settings
- Fuji X100s
- camera settings: 1/125 @ f/2 @ 800 ISO
- Because of the strong back-lighting, I used my Fuji x100s in manual focus mode
- exposure metering – expose for your subject! (model: Anelisa) – Fuji X100
- exposure metering – let your background blow out! (bride – Randa)
a little bit of homework
For the test shown there (shot with the Nikon D4), the camera settings were 1/250 @ f/4 @ 800 ISO. Work through the thought-process how you’d go about using off-ccamera flash to balance the foreground (our subject), and the background. And once we have our settings, what could we do to blow out the background more?