Thursday, March 17, 2011

More from Skyler & Mishka's shoot

 Canon 5D mkII 70-200 f2.8L IS iso 400 1/1000 @ f2.8

On the second day of shooting with Skyler & Mishka we were lucky to have Quddus as our assistant, which made it easier to position reflectors. 

We originally planned to do shots on the beach with a blue sky in the background, but the overcast skies did not cooperate with us.  So we kept to mostly the pool area and the surrounding yard.

  Canon 5D mkII 70-200 f2.8L IS iso 400 1/1600 @ f2.8

 Canon 5D mkII 70-200 f2.8L IS iso 400 1/1600 @ f2.8

We mainly alternated between 2 silver California Sunbounce reflectors - a Pro and a Mini.  Need to save up for a zebra gold reflector someday - when shooting around a pool, I get a lot of blue color cast from the water.  A zebra or gold reflector would help compensate for that.

  Canon 5D mkII 70-200 f2.8L IS iso 400 1/800 @ f2.8

Shooting the model from the opposite direction also helps.  Since there is no water in front of the model from this angle, there is no blue color cast.  Fill light is from a Sunbounce mini just outside the bottom of the frame.

  Canon 5D mkII 70-200 f2.8L IS iso 400 1/1600 @ f2.8

Had Mishka do this a couple of times before we got the "hairography" right.  Probably gave her whiplash. ;-)

 Canon 5D mkII 85mm f1.2L  iso 200 1/2500 @ f2

Did a few shots of Skyler with the 85mm 1.2L.  Still getting used to this lens and what it can do.

  Canon 5D mkII 85mm f1.2L iso 200 1/800 @ f2.8

While we were shooting around the trees there were several people in the background mowing their yards. I used a 70-200L and shot wide open at f2.8 to blur the background, and tried shooting from different angles to hide them behind Mishka and the tree.

   Canon 5D mkII 70-200 f2.8L IS iso 200 1/500 @ f4

 For these final shots of Mishka and Skyler in the pool, I used 2 Alien Bee AB800 lights - one in a large softbox for the main light to camera left and another on the far side of the pool for an edge light.

Skyler and Mishka were great models to work with and I look forward to the next time we have the chance to work together again.