Hyde Park shoot

November 16, 2014  •  1 Comment

Last week I was in London and arranged to do a 1 to 1 portrait shoot with Arfy and model Chloe (Sugar & Spice). I booked Chloe for the afternoon and planned the shoot location to be the area around the Albert Memorial.

Fortunately the weather held and allowed us to try natural light and fill flash portraits using the memorial as a backdrop and the autumnal colours of the park.

Here I positioned Chloe centrally on a path which had metal railings either side. Shot with a Sigma 85m f1.4 lens to render the background out of focus made Chloe standout and produced pleasing leading lines.

(Canon 5D Markiii, ISO100, 1/250 at f1.8)

The natural arch created by the tree framed Chloe beautifully and I added a little fill flash from the left to lift and balance the image.

(Canon 5D Markiii, Sigma 85mm f1.4, ISO100, 1/40 at f4)

When I was planning the shot I had the idea of shooting the model in bridal attire with the Albert Memorial as the background. Chloe was able to provide the outfit and so we started with shooting some traditional portraits using the shapes and lines to give effect.

(Canon 5D Markiii, Canon 24-105mm f4, ISO200, 70mm, 1/40 at f4.5)

I have always been an admirer of David Ziser and the wedding portraits he produces and I was keen to try and produce my own take on his dramatic style.

We started by positioning Chloe to produce a pleasing composition and set our exposure to darken the background. Using an EX580II speedlight through a diffuser we then lit Chloe to produce this dramatic portrait.

(Canon 5D Markiii, Canon 24-105mm f4, ISO100, 32mm, 1/80 at f4)

We then continued this theme by shooting Chloe standing using the flash in the same way.

This time I put on my lovely canon 8-15mm lens and shot from low down to emphasis the lines and got Chloe to pose with plenty of attitude!!

(Canon 5D Markiii, Canon 8-15mm f4, ISO100, 15mm, 1/125 at f9)

Whether hosting photo walks with larger groups or doing 1 to 1 tuition with Arfy I thoroughly enjoy giving my knowledge and understanding to others in this way. So if you are interested then please let me know and we can discuss how I can help you become a better photographer.

Jon


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Fabiana Nicora(non-registered)
very nice photos and its good that you have included the details on how you shoot it and what settings you use.
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