Laura at Stern Grove

It's amazing how many interesting shots you can draw out of one little location.  Just moving a mere 100ft in one direction, and you can simulate many many different environments.

I've done several shoots in Stern Grove which I've posted on this blog, from post-wedding photos to two shoots with Honey Baby88 involving a lantern and umbrella.

My shoot with Laura was a continuation of our shoot where we first started at the Spreckle's Temple of Music, and then moved on to Stern Grove.

ISO 400   56mm f/1.2 lens   f/1.2   1/3500sec

I found the texture of the above rock interesting and thought that we could shoot amongst the rocks and create a scene.  Immediately as Laura took position against the rock, I saw something that could have been from HBO's Game of Thrones.

In the below picture she looks like an elf!

ISO 400   56mm f/1.2 lens   f/1.2   1/1700sec

The elf picture above was achieved with just a simple reduction in temperature and clarity.  Looks like winter is coming, doesn't it?

For the final two shots, we walked a mere 100ft away towards some trees for a change of scenery and theme.  While we were taking the below shots, we attracted the attention of several squirrels.  Laura had mentioned that growing up on a farm in the east coast, she seemed to have that Cinderella effect, attracting all of the cute wildlife.  It was almost as if the squirrels were actually trying to talk to her!

ISO 400   56mm f/1.2 lens   f/1.2   1/250sec

The above and below shots had the benefit of using a speed light handheld.  The terrain wan't even enough for me to set up the lightstand where I wanted it, so I just attached my Yongnuo remote trigger to my X-T1 and fired up my Yongnuo 560 II speed light with stofen filter attached, and held the flash as high as I could above and to the left of my head.  The light in the above shot is just a tad too hot for my tastes, but it also helps to make her pop out from the background.

The pose and look in the below shot wasn't planned.  At the time, Laura was "talking" to one of the squirrels when I snapped the picture.  I like the effect.  Again, the speed light helped illuminate her and make her pop out of the background.

ISO 400   56mm f/1.2 lens   f/1.2   1/220sec

With the above shots, Laura and I wrapped up for the day.  As I had stated in a previous post, this was the first time I'd worked with a model one-on-one.  And while I was a basket case at the beginning of the shoot, working with a good model put me at ease.

More shoots with Laura will be detailed in future blog posts.

Gear used:  Fuji X-T1, 56mm f/1.2 lens, Yongnuo 560 II speed light, Yongnuo flash trigger.