I haven’t done many shoots lately, so here’s one from November last year with the lovely Marion. It was actually quite dark in this particular spot, which was surrounded by trees. Fortunately the Canon 6D (mkI) is very sensitive to light, so you can still shoot at high ISO’s without too much noise.
I shot with Marion a week ago, over the course of a few hours in a park. Later we got back to the car, which was standing underneath a bridge with beautifully painted walls. We took some more photographs with the colorful backgrounds.
The camera was the Canon 6D mark I and the lens was the Canon 24-70 L (mark I as well). I mostly shoot wide open for the bokeh to be soft, so f/2.8 in this case.
Postprocessing was done using Radlab Pro Retouch: Skin Foundation, Hair Blonde Shine. Some dodge & burn on the cheeks, sharpening the eyes a little bit (and making them slightly lighter). Then a tiny bit of Nik Analog Efex Pro 2 for the vignette and slight structure enhancement. Plus one of the awesome IWLTBAP (I Would Like To Be A Pony, no really) color grading schemes. This color grade was Aspen.
It may sound like much processing, but the effect all-in-all is rather subtle compared to what I started with. Just to give it more punch, more focus on the eyes and face.
A picture not from a shoot this time; this was taken on me and my girlfriend’s recent holiday to Italy. We went to the south of Napels (Cilento) and drove around to various places like Amalfi, Pompeii and even crossed Italy to end up near Polignano a Mare.
There was a lot of opportunity to take pictures; this one is actually one of my favorites, since it is a nice backlight image.
Here is a picture from the shoot with Xenia the other day. We were actually at the same time walking her dog, which was pretty funny, and at times a bit cumbersome because, well, a dog needs attention. 🙂
Most of the pictures didn’t include Printie, as is the dog’s name, but this one did, and in fact I like the combination here. It’s something different from the usual pictures, so why not? Besides, yesterday was World Animal Day so it would have been appropriate, if only I had posted this one day earlier. 😉
This one is from a few days ago with Xenia. It was taken as the sun was setting, right next to a bicycle lane, so we had to make a bit of room every couple of shots. 🙂
Next to that, we were walking her dog at the same time, so it was a bit of messing around, trying to get some nice shots while juggling with all the other plates at the same time. But it was fun doing so! And a wonderfully almost non-Dutch warm evening.
This one with Skye Nova was made a little later that evening, up on a walk-around area. The sky mixed well with the flash, although you do notice that the sky gets dark very quickly, and the flash output needs constant adjusting to be on par with the sky brightness.
Skye Nova is wearing a corset here, beautiful but making it hard to breathe. 🙂 Fortunately she lasted until the sun disappeared, after which we nearly got locked up inside the building. Luckily the guy who closed the door did another round before going home to sleep, and we managed to get out.
I don’t do outdoor shoots a lot, but steampunk requires a bit of scenery. This one was shot with Skye Nova (Laura) in de Burcht in Leiden. It was a warm evening which helped to prevent getting cold until the sun set.
This was taken with a single flash, set not too hard to mix in a bit of ambient (natural) light as well.
Yesterday I went biking along the heath, which is quite close to home. Of course this has to be done around the golden hour, to get soft directional sunlight. There were some deer, two very large mushrooms, very out of place in mid-Summer and these nice layers of clouds. They look like wings, but admittedly my fantasy is sometimes a bit enthusiastic. 😉