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Natural Light Shoot | BTS With Irene Rudnyk

By Wendell Weithers on June 6th 2018

Irene Rudnyk clearly has an eye for portraiture, but she also seems to have access to some great outdoor locales for her shoot that leaves us urban dwellers jealous. In her latest video, she gives you a behind the scenes look at a recent golden hour shoot.

In addition to the wonderful quality of light available during golden hour, the setting sun also gives you the option of using it as a co-star in your image. Its proximity to the horizon in the sky or the tree line in your photograph can create whimsical shadows, shimmering reflections off of water, and stunning beams of light cutting through clouds, igniting hair and adding character to your image.

Irene maximizes the golden light by posing her model with the sun to her back that creates a lovely highlight in the model’s hair and makes the image pop. It also gives her hair a color that compliments the blue gown and really grabs the viewer’s attention.  Irene’s 85mm lens appears to be well suited to the shoot as it doesn’t push her too far away or force her to get too close; causing a potentially clumsy situation.

If you’d like to learn more about shooting during golden hour, check out the tutorials in the SLRLounge store where you can even learn to how to recreate the Golden Hour light when the moment has already past.

Recreating Golden Hour Workshop$39

Geared Used

Canon 5D MK III – (Discontinued)
Canon 85mm f1.2L – $1,849

An alternative Canon option

Canon 6D Mk II – $1,599

Alternative Brand Options

Nikon D750$1,496.95
Nikkor 85mm f1.4$1,596.95

Sony A7R2 – $1,998
Sony 85mm GM f1.4 – $1,798

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Wendell is based in Atlanta where he shoots events, portraits, and food photography. He also supports his wife Andrea as she runs their cake design business, Sweet Details.

Instagram: Wendellwphoto

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