August 6th, 2007
Lara contacted me some time ago through my site to make some photos together. We met beforehand to get acquainted and discuss photographic expectations.
This meeting before taking pictures is very important to me because it helps to create an atmosphere of trust essential to make interesting pictures and explain the way I work and the direction of the images do.
We took advantage of a sunny Sunday to make some outdoor portraits. The light was very important, not a cloud on the horizon sun fairly high despite the "late" time (17 h), this type of light for the portrait is for me to flee at all costs, or you end up with a model grimacing because of the brightness and shadows very marked, or you find yourself with a sunny style, but melts completely burnt.
It is spent in the shade under the trees, the shade created by the trees was too dark, so I used the direct light diffusing with a large round diffuser.
the light was homogeneous, we made some pictures, but I was not satisfied with the images obtained, the light was homogeneous, but rather "flat", I was looking for a good diffuse source, but more directional allowing me to work with the modeling of the face.
It was moved a bit to get a set of ferns with a beautiful light passing through some trees. I had enough to me to be quite rich and dark and a beautiful diffuse and directional light background. I chose to reduce the saturation of my camera to get a glimpse of what I was looking for the "development" minimal saturation with a cold enough temperature and high contrast, the goal is to put more emphasis on light and modeled.
Objective level the 50mm 1.4 is obviously stuck on my camera, I have used it, I tried the 90mm but I came back to 50mm for its grand opening and framing that seems ideal.
Images images were developed in Capture One (white balance, contrast, saturation) and exported to the web.
In the end, I'm pretty happy with this series, it is a little party without having specific guidelines and in the end I really images that I like and that are very loyal to my vision of the scene on the spot.