Beneath The Sun

With all the sunshine we are having I decided to put together a shoot, not only was I looking forward to taking advantage of the beautiful weather but I was also excited to put my newly acquired Phase One XF medium format camera and IQ160 digital back to the test!

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In the weeks prior to the shoot I scouted a great location and found various spots to use, I knew it would be a clear blue sky for most of the day and thought it would be nice to have a bit more in the background, so Georgina (the makeup artist for this shoot) and I took a trip up to the Lake District where I shot some landscapes that could be implemented into some of the images from the shoot later on in post.

On the day of the shoot I met Danielle our model from Bookings Models, the lovely Laura Moss who had agreed to come along and style the shoot for me and a good photographer friend of hers Amy who had come along to assist for the day. After the hair and makeup was done  and we had agreed on the clothing we set off for the first location which was a beautiful open field near to a phone tower, see below.

Final image - taken at: f/8 - ISO 50 - 1/200s with a 55mm Schneider Kreuznach Lens

Final image - taken at: f/8 - ISO 50 - 1/200s with a 55mm Schneider Kreuznach Lens

For another variation I got Danielle to lie down in the field, lowered the strobe and moved it over to camera left.

For another variation I got Danielle to lie down in the field, lowered the strobe and moved it over to camera left.

We worked through various poses as I wanted the image to feel posed but still natural.

We worked through various poses as I wanted the image to feel posed but still natural.

Final image - taken at: f/7.1 - ISO 50 - 1/200s with a 55mm SK Lens

Final image - taken at: f/7.1 - ISO 50 - 1/200s with a 55mm SK Lens

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We then changed outfit and moved to the second spot which was literally a few paces to the left of where we were previously shooting which was lucky because it was an extremely hot day and the less moving around we did the better. The second spot was a long path in-between both fields that had caught my eye whilst scouting, I knew I would be compositing the images I took at the Lake District mainly on this set up so I made sure to use the same 55mm lens I used when taking the landscape images to help the composite feel more natural.

For this shot we started out with some movement before moving on to more posed shots, Danielle was amazing at moving and made it easy to capture the images I was hoping for. For this image I placed my strobe to camera left and shot from the shadow side. In front of the monitor is our stylist Laura and assistant Amy making sure the shots are looking great.

Final image - shot taken at: f/6.3 - ISO 50 - 1/800s with a 55mm LS lens

Final image - shot taken at: f/6.3 - ISO 50 - 1/800s with a 55mm LS lens

For the close up shot below I kept the same camera settings but I switched to my 80mm LS lens

For the close up shot below I kept the same camera settings but I switched to my 80mm LS lens

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Happy with the shots we had we moved onto the next location which was a bridge over a small stream that I had come across whilst scouting a few weeks before the shoot.

For this set up I switched to my Canon 5D Mark III and shot the image using entirely natural light as I didn't feel any artificial light was needed.  I used my Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro Lens to get an image as close as possible, I then cropped in on the final image in post. Georgina remained on the bridge with Danielle so I could relay directions over speaker phone.  Here is the final image - shot taken at: f/10 - ISO 400 - 1/125s

For this set up I switched to my Canon 5D Mark III and shot the image using entirely natural light as I didn't feel any artificial light was needed.

I used my Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro Lens to get an image as close as possible, I then cropped in on the final image in post. Georgina remained on the bridge with Danielle so I could relay directions over speaker phone.

Here is the final image - shot taken at: f/10 - ISO 400 - 1/125s

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Our next set up brought us to a lake which had a beautiful opening between some trees leading out onto the water.

For this image I placed my strobe to the right of Danielle, high up and angled downwards to create more contrast.  Final image taken at: f/5.6 - ISO 100 - 1/320s with a 80mm Schneider Kreuznach LS Lens

For this image I placed my strobe to the right of Danielle, high up and angled downwards to create more contrast.

Final image taken at: f/5.6 - ISO 100 - 1/320s with a 80mm Schneider Kreuznach LS Lens

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The final location for the day was a large bridge surrounded by trees on either side. 

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Again Danielle's ability to give fantastic movement came into play. To say the bridge was hot is an understatement, still we managed to keep shooting and were able to capture some fantastic images.

Final image taken at: f/4.5 - ISO 50 - 1/250s with a 80mm LS Lens

Final image taken at: f/4.5 - ISO 50 - 1/250s with a 80mm LS Lens

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I had an amazing time on this shoot and loved working with a great team.

Model: Danielle Zarb-Cousin (Bookings models)

Wadrobe Stylist: Laura Moss 

Hair & Make-up: Georgina Davies 

Assistant: Amy Fry

This shoot was published for Elegant Magazine.

Whispering Pines

What an amazing photoshoot to start 2018; we had a beautiful location, an amazing model and thankfully no rain! We located this beautiful cabin in East Sussex which the owners were happy for us to use, it had lovely grounds around the property, a lake and a boat right outside itโ€™s front door.

The first images were taken on the peer right outside the cabin, after a few standing shots I thought it would be a great idea to try sitting on the edge of the peer only problem was that it was surrounded by a lake that was too deep to stand in. Fortunately the cabin had a lovely row boat which we used to get far enough around to get the shot.

Here is a picture of me keeping extremely still so that I don't rock the boat and fall right into the water.  To the top left of the image you can see the corner of a large octabank with a layer of diffusion lighting the model, I'm also using a 120mm macro lens   The final image

Here is a picture of me keeping extremely still so that I don't rock the boat and fall right into the water.

To the top left of the image you can see the corner of a large octabank with a layer of diffusion lighting the model, I'm also using a 120mm macro lens 

The final image

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The next image was taken in a tree which Megan was more than happy to climb, I think the only worried one was me but there was no need to worry, Megan was great, she climbed right up and we got to shooting.

Here's an image of the lighting set up for the tree shot, I have a octabank as my main light on the highest power setting, whilst I have a gridded, silver beauty dish on a lower power setting providing fill.

Here is the final image

Here is the final image

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Next we wanted to get a shot of Megan cutting and eating an apple, this was a tricky shot for many reasons including the fact that she would be using a very sharp survival knife. just like the tree however Megan was eager to jump in and it turned out great. See below

For this shot I placed the octabank, high up and off camera right as my key light (see below) and a the gridded, silver beauty dish as my rim light, behind Megan, off camera left and angled downwards. On my 50mm lens I used a 0.6 ND filter to allow me to open up my aperture and better separate Megan from the background.

For this shot I placed the octabank, high up and off camera right as my key light (see below) and a the gridded, silver beauty dish as my rim light, behind Megan, off camera left and angled downwards. On my 50mm lens I used a 0.6 ND filter to allow me to open up my aperture and better separate Megan from the background.

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Here is a picture so you can see the octabank placement 

Here is a picture so you can see the octabank placement 

Next it was onto the lake to capture the images I was most excited about since seeing the boat when arriving at the cabin. 

For this light set up I used a set up very similar to the tree shot with the octabank off camera right, angled downwards as my main light and the gridded silver beauty dish off camera left as fill.

Once I got a few of the close ups we pushed our model Megan further out into the lake and handed her an oar. (We won't go into the fact that Georgina fell into the lake whilst trying to do this the first time) Check out the wide shot and close up below:

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With such an authentic location I wanted to capture some images of Megan in front of the rustic looking cabin. For these shots I wanted it to feel more like the sun was beginning to set, unfortunately with it being a cold, cloudy day there was no chance of that happening and so it was out with my trusty beauty dish. For this shot I used only one Broncolor Siros L light, very high up and angled downwards, I also removed the grid on the beauty dish to throw the light more and imitate direct sunlight.

The only light is the beauty dish off camera right, the octabank to the left of the image is not on.

The only light is the beauty dish off camera right, the octabank to the left of the image is not on.

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After capturing the last outdoor shots we moved inside the cabin to capture the last set of images.

There wasn't much room inside the cabin for large lights but I still wanted to use the octabank in order to create a nice wash of light across the scene. In this picture you can see how close the octabank is with myself squeezing in front of it to get the shot. What you can't see if off camera left I have again used a gridded beauty dish to add some fill light.

Check out the result below

Check out the result below

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Lastly we couldn't leave without capturing some images in front of the cabins fireplace, it took us a few goes to light it but once we did we were able to capture some really beautiful shots. To help amplify the orange light coming from the fireplace and add more warmth to the scene I covered a strobe with CTO gel and placed it on the floor next to the fireplace, angling it upwards. To the left of camera I used a strobe on a low power setting with the beauty dish and grid attached to add some subtle fill light. See below 

Check out the full set of images from the shoot below

Model: Megan Waters

MUA Georgina Davies