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Submitted on December 23, 2011

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Paul Samaniego

very well done my friend

Posted 10 years ago   

Jim Ludwig

Nice light, and beautiful model. Well done!

Posted 9 years ago   

1/125 sec.


ISO: 100

Focal Length

85 mm

Exposure Bias



Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Lights Used

Natural Light



Additional Notes

How it was shot

Since the sun was getting low in the horizon I noticed when I went to take a shot I had sun flare. As I mentioned in the opening, I’m not a huge fan of flare shots. It’s not really my style but I thought it might work in this particular setting. I liked the end results.

As you can see in the image and the diagram the sun is behind Amber and it’s providing a nice rim light to hair and shoulders. Moving the camera around until I had a considerable amount of sun flare showing in the view finder is when I took the shot.

Light was provided by an Elinchrom 600rx strobe and I was using the Elinchrom 53″ octra to keep the light nice an soft. You can see in the catchlight in her eyes, the light was positioned to camera left but not a lot… maybe 15-20degrees off the center of the camera. The light was raised high enough to make sure the catchlights were in or around the 10 o’clock position.

In a shot like this it’s really important to meter the background first, in camera or with a light meter. Right around F/5.6 was a good setting. I then increased the flash to about 1/3rd of a stop over the ambient light. This helps bring her to life in the image.

Thanks for looking.

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