The Girl with the Umbrella - Honey Baby88

I had done previous photo shoots with Honey Baby88, such as a bridal shoot, a Red Riding Hood shoot, mermaid shoot, and an umbrella shoot.  Honey had another idea this time around where she wanted to do another shot with an umbrella.  Initially, she envisioned a rainy day shoot, but there's no way to actually control the weather.  (And seeing how my X-T2 didn't survive it's last exposure to rain, there was no way I was going to risk getting it that wet again, especially seeing the Fujifilm wouldn't repair it under warranty and charged me an arm and a leg for the repair.)

So Honey and I decided to just set a date to shoot, regardless of the weather.  We decided to meet at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.  The below shot, as often is the case, just happened to have everything working for it.  Being the God-fearing man that I am, I always like to think that for shots like below, there was some divine intervention going on.  My camera settings are listed below the photo.

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

So how was this shot achieved?

First off, it was an awfully bright day and you can see that I was shooting wide open at f/1.2. That pushed the mechanic shutter speed of my X-T2 way beyond the maximum of 1/8000sec.  At that point the image was still way too bright.  I could have stopped down the aperture, but I wanted to shoot wide open in order to get that very shallow depth of field.  Not only that, but because of the very bright backlighting, Honey's face was almost completely in shadow, which necessitated the use of a speedlight.  And the X-T2's flash sync speed is 1/250sec.

So what I did was pop on a 3 stop ND filter, specifically the B+W ND8.  This enabled me to shoot wide open while bringing the shutter speed low enough to be able to shoot at the X-T2's flash sync speed.

Post-processing was only done in Lightroom, and the clouds you see were actual clouds in the sky at the time we shot.  It doesn't get any better than that, eh?

Gear used:  Fuji X-T2, 56mm f/1.2 lens, B+W ND8 filter, Calumet Lightstand, Yongnuo 560ii speedlight and remote trigger.

More photos from this shoot will be profiled in a future post.