enchanted4est (enchanted4est) wrote,

Out of Alaska: taking a portrait on the fly ...

The challenge was to photograph A, who just moved here (to North Carolina) from Alaska. The room was dark. I didn't have any of my good lenses with me or any light equipment at all. I never use the flash on my camera, so that was out. But the building had a room with a wall of windows. And the sun was setting in a couple hours, so the sun streamed through those windows very nicely. I sat A in front of the windows where the light would hit the wall then bounce onto her.

I've never been asked to take a portrait of someone on the fly. Meaning I didn't go to the library expecting to take a photo of anyone. This wasn't a portrait session, so I didn't bring any photography equipment with me and only had my walk-about camera and lens.

But I kept noticing the room with the wall of windows and how the sun was streaming through, and I kept thinking how it might make nice light for a natural light photo of something or someone. Then A volunteered to model.

Of course a hair light might have been nice and maybe something to bounce more light onto her right side. But all I had was my camera, a wall of windows, and a white wall to her right. So that's what I went with, and with her red hair and blue eyes she looks so very pretty in that light.

Tags: natural light, photography, portrait

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.