A couple of weeks ago i went out on an evening shooting with fellow photographers. Our main goal was practice action photography with strobes (speed lights). In the middle of the action my eye was drawn to the photographer next to me. Just because i saw a beautiful image occur right in front of me.
A photographer... waiting for the action to happen.
I promise to share the action shots in one my following blogposts with you too. For now, enjoy the calm of this image.
Being pregnant is experiencing a wonder up close and personal. I remember very well that with my first i found it such a strange idea that there was a little human being inside of me. Truth to be told, i regularly thought of the movie "Aliens".
Now years later, my two little ones are almost 5 and 9 years old, i dream of my own big belly when i see friends experiencing that same wonder. How it felt, that little person moving around, my body steadily growing, my belly button popping out (it never got to its normal self after number two)...
Happy to now experience this wonder through my lens.
It almost looks as if we went to a wide open field, but nothing is less true. This photo is shot in the Retiro park in the city centre of Madrid, at a tiny spot where i found just about a 10m2 piece of high grass. Just enough to simulate that fresh sunny open field.
Due to the very limited space i was not able to change my point of view too much as it would reveal the fact we were in this tiny field with a fence around us...
Even though you think your surroundings aren't that interesting, try to look in a different way. Get a bit closer, move around, move some stuff around (if possible), it will all help to avoid uninteresting elements and change a simple spot in a magical place in no-time.
There are a lot of photos that have that typical flash lit mark on them. It happened to me too and therefor i was never very happy to use my flash. I learned how to work around it, but still i was eager to know how to use the speed light correctly. Because really, it has potential!
The image above almost looks as if i went into a professional studio. In reality it was "just" a white wall, with a nice ceiling which i used to bounce my flash onto. And yes, the good looking model brought in just the right touch for a beautiful photo.
And this image is shot at a nice and bright Friday morning in sunny Madrid. Really!
I find it very interesting learning more about speed lights. Sure hope to share some more of my learning curve.