The Mermaid, with Honey Baby88

It's a new year, and it's cold and snowy everywhere and many folks in the northern hemisphere are thinking of spring.  Why don't we instead jump right into summer?  What follows is actually the third part of a shoot I did with Honey Baby88 a few months ago.

After finishing up in Stern Grove, Honey and I headed over to Ocean Beach in San Francisco.  She'd been wanting to do a mermaid themed shoot and the best place for it would be a nice sandy beach.  It was early October when we did this shoot and the days of indian summer were starting to wane.  It had rained just a few days earlier, but on the day we shot this, it was perfect!  Just a few days later, it rained so we were lucky to get this shoot in when we did.

The Fuji X-T2 has a maximum mechanical shutter speed of 1/8000sec, basically twice that of the X-T1, but I wanted to shoot wide open with the 56mm f/1.2 lens and also with a speedlight to remove the harsh shadows, so I slapped on my B+W ND8 filter which offered a three stop reduction in light and that enable me to stay at the X-T2's shutter sync speed of 1/250sec.

This first shot was actually my favorite of the session, and it wasn't even planned.

ISO 200   56mm lens   ND8 Filter   f/1.2   1/250sec

Honey had been adjusting one of the fins on her costume, but I liked how the wind was catching her hair and the angles that her arms and legs were forming.  It was a simple moment that I could have lost had I not been paying attention.

For this next shot, Honey had a visitor.

ISO 200   56mm lens   ND8 Filter   f/1.2   1/500sec

She had her eyes closed as was trying to stay steady while I took the photos and a cute little pug decided to say hello to her.  For this shot, the flash didn't fire, so you can see just how harsh the shadows are without it, and this includes adjustments with the shadows in Lightroom.

The next shot also didn't have the flash fire.

ISO 200   56mm lens   ND8 Filter   f/1.2   1/500sec

This is one of Honey's favorite shots of the day.  In this instance, the shadows do add some depth to the image, defining her face and arm.

All three images had vibrance and saturation increased in order to bring out the colors of the ocean, and Honey's red hair and blue mermaid costume.

Gear used:  Fuji X-T2 with 56mm f/1.2 lens (85mm field of view on a full frame), plus the B+W ND8 filter and a Yongnuo 560 II speedlight and Yongnuo flash trigger.