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A mid-day timeline forced a harsh lighting situation which made balancing ambient with flash difficult at best. HSS was used here with... (show more)
Exif Data
  • SONY a99
  • Sony 16-35mm zeiss
  • f/F8
  • 24mmmm
  • 1/1600 seconds
  • 50

15 Comments

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  1. A
    David Hill

    Excellent use of flash……natural look achieved so well done!

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    • A
      Chris Fields

      Thanks! HSS is tough to work with due to the loss of power, but I did my best to balance it out with a fill from camera right (offered great catch light too!) I appreciate it.

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  2. B
    David Hill

    Catchlights indicate that another light source (refactor) used camera right? was that the case? Not sure the catchlight would be here from a flash camera left…be useful for everyone to know. Thanks

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    • B
      Chris Fields

      I mentioned in your other comment as well. Yes, I used a bounce from camera right to help counter the harsh shadows under the jaw line. It was also needed to help brighten up the eyes since the flash was camera left at 45 degrees to compliment the angle of the sun.

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  3. C
    David Hill

    Nice pose. Tells me your were in control and instructing her what to do. Nice one!

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  4. D
    David Hill

    Nice use of a prop to tell me what sport she does! Excellent! May have avoided a line through the head though. Not a huge issue and doesnt detract from a great image.

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    • D
      Chris Fields

      It’s amazing we ever press the shutter release at all with 101 things running thru our heads to check the boxes, but there’s always that one thing. Great feedback, thanks.

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  5. E
    Tanya Goodall Smith

    Nice job making the best of your situation. The shadows on her face would have been softer had you modified the light with an umbrella or something.

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    • E
      Chris Fields

      If you only knew….quite a bit of flooding closed down roads in our area, and since this shot was supposed to be taken inside her gym I wasn’t as prepared for direct sunlight shooting as I’d like. HSS required the light be a lot closer to subject and an umbrella really wouldn’t have done a whole lot in this case. Thanks.

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  6. F
    Tanya Goodall Smith

    I’m not a fan of the “dutch angle” usually. She feels like she’s falling out of the composition, especially with the line of the net drawing our eyes even further to that side. The composition would be stronger if the horizon was straight and the net still at an angle.

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    • F
      Chris Fields

      Thanks. Personally I believe our eyes are naturally pulled to the left of an image since most folks read from left to right. I wanted to use the lines in a way that opened up the image and would lead the eye naturally through the image. Great feedback, thanks!

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  7. G
    Eric Dejuan

    I like this capture! I would suggest rotating the entire photo clock wise a little? Maybe there is extra room on her right side in the original?

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  8. H
    Ray Ankrum

    I really enjoy how you used the net to show depth in this piece and it really looks nice.

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    • H
      Chris Fields

      Thanks, Ray! We were supposed to be on an indoors gym, but recent flooding prevented us from getting there so we made the most of it.

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