This shot of Jodi Miller, figure competitor from Lewisville, Texas, from this past Sunday was a last second thought of Jon Howard’s. We had run out of time to work with Jodi. Jon had brought the motorcycle hundreds of miles hoping to use it as a prop. He asked Jodi if we could take a few shots with it. Jodi was gracious and climbed into the back of Jon’s pickup truck and we fired off a few frames.
I was surprise and pleased with this shot. The sequence of light is the sun high overhead to Jodi’s left front. I am using a silver reflector from behind. The setup is sun (high overhead), Jodi, reflector, and yours truly all in a straight line. The angle of the reflector is pretty much 180 degrees opposed to the sun. Jodi is standing in the bed of the truck and I am on the asphalt just outside the truck. Camera all automatic, point and shoot.
Small amount of curves adjustment, blurred background for separation, and unsharp mask. The USM might be a bit over the top for screen display but works great in the print version. Also in print the brighter area on her derriere smoothes out.
All four frames I shot in this sequence came out with great contrast. Not having shot this lighting sequence before I was pleasantly surprised with the range of light the camera captured. Particularly given the intensity of the light. I look forward, as time and circumstance allow, to experiment some more using opposing overpowering light sources.
As always, your comments, thoughts, and critiques, (see if I can spell it right this time) in all flavors, encouraged and appreciated.