Sara in Central Park

By Oleg Ti,   January 15, 2013,   Views: 4825,   Comments:

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Sometimes it happens that you work alot of hours on just one idea and get uninteresting ordinary pictures, but on the other hand sometimes it happens that a 15-minute shoot gives you a really unpredictable and excellent result.

So here it was so cold in September in New York and Sara, the model who just arrived from Florida felt very uncomfortable in this weather. She asked me not to prolong the shoot so much. It was going to rain so I felt I had to work fast.

I sat the model on the bench,The light that shone among the huge trees was soft but its direction was not nice. It went down from above the model, so the light did not look right on model’s face.

So I needed to correct it and i took a battery pack with a strobe flash because I wouldnt have had enough power from a simple camera flash. I connected it by Pocket Wizard and used my Hasselblad camera, it was exactly what I needed.

I put the flash on the stand and used a small white umbrella. It was placed less than one meter from the model’s face, if the picture were wider you could see the umbrella on the right side of the photo.

The flash added a nice soft light that was correct. It has nice direction onto the model’s face but it was too strong, i had to have even soft light on her face. It meant that i had to change the aperture to correct the volume of light on the model’s face.Therefore the surrounded areas that didn’t get strobe light would be darker.

When I converted the picture I got two images from the RAW file. One TIFF was with zero correction of exposure – for model’s face and body. And the second TIFF had +1.5 stops exposure correction – for surrounded areas. I took the necessary parts of picture from either TIFF and produced a very good exposed picture with a beautiful light on the model’s face.

Oleg Tityaev,

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