I’m always looking to try new things and see what can be achieved with a bit of thought and planning. For a while I’ve been looking at taking a portrait at the waters edge but with the water rendered smooth with a long exposure! There are all sorts of issues here, not too windy a day so the models hair isn’t blown around, getting the exposure correct for the water and adding enough flash to light your subject!
I asked Nicole if she fancied a 6am shoot and much to my surprise she was more than up for it (keener that me I think….). Guernsey is blessed with amazing locations, and for this shoot I chose the bathing pools as there are plenty of railings and rocks to sit against near the water. For the first picture I used a 13 second exposure, which as you will know is a very long time for a teenager to sit still!!!
The sunrise was not as colourful as I had hoped so a bit of black and white in the processing complimented the mood I was looking for perfectly!
The second picture was a quick shot before we left. Just a simple underexposing of the background and flashing the subject to enhance the contrast and bring in a bit of mood from the clouds! As with many of my shoots I only took around 20 pictures on this shoot, digital allows us to take hundreds but often this isn’t necessary.
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