Aisling in the woods

Aisling in the woods

I had the pleasure of shooting with another great model tonight – Aisling Frawley – out in the woods in and around Keeper Hill in Tipperary, near Newport. I had just got a new camera that I wanted to test out and a friend of mine was going for his LIPF panel and he needed one more shot to complete it.

Anyways the shot seen here was taken with all natural light – under the tree cover within the woods itself. We  did not have to travel far to find someplace nice and green for the shot but the light was low when we got there so we had to be quick about capturing some photos.

Niall was taking his images from away as he was using his 70-200mm lens and was looking for a portrait image – I, on the other hand, had my new 1D-X so I wanted to see what it could do and how accurate it would be on recording the scene. I have to say that I was impressed with how low I could shoot re shutter speed and still get sharp usable images. Impressive.

The image above was set up with Aisling sitting on a stump and I moved around and positioned the sun behind me – though it was hidden behind the trees and the clouds so the light was nice and soft and diffused. The image seen here was taken at ISO 1000 f2.8 at 1/60 of a second handheld – and it is sharp. I have looked at it on my large screen at home and it is sharp. I shot this at 200mm. I did some post processing in Photoshop and posted it online here then.

Equipment used:

Camera: Canon 1D-X
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Handheld
EXIF: ISO 1000 f/2.8 1/60 0ev 200mm

Photo Shoot with Victoria

Photo Shoot with Victoria

I had the opportunity to shot this great girl – Victoria Almazovaite – with another photographer friend in 2011. Victoria came down to us in Limerick and we set up our studio lights in a large room as we did not have access to the studio at the time. It worked out pretty well now considering we were pretty much portable for the day.

It was a 4 light setup if memory serves – two lights on the back drop to blow it out – attempting to light it at f16 or as close to it as possible. We had a key light and a fill light on Victoria after this. The key light was off to the camera right and power was set to give as close to f8 as possible on the model. The fill light was set to f5.6 and back to camera left. We worked through different poses on the day and this one is one that I really like .. the light in her eyes.

The post processing was done in Photoshop – a straight Black and White using the LAB technique and then some actions from another great photographer – Ciaran White – who has some nice actions available to down and help out with the process.