This image was never meant to look anything like this. I had discussed with Sarah about doing some more “environmental portraits”. Basically to just integrate some awesome locations into our shoot. The plan had been to meet at sunrise for a shot with Sarah standing in one of the local lakes posing.
When I arrived I had but minutes to setup as the window of light I wanted was only about 10 minutes. Sarah was late due to a GPS failure which left us standing there in the freezing cold, with the light now too high for the shot I had planned.
We elected to go for a walk and see if anything presented itself. It didn’t. We tried a few locations but it was just too cold to work. I spied a small opening in the scrub that seemed to have some space, a backdrop blocking the sun and the ground cover that looked a bit different. We shot a few frames and then chatted whilst moving to keep warm. I was ready to give up a few frames before this and really did not realize what I had till I got home.
I knew I wanted to use a CTO gel here to get some warmth on the model and give the background a blue tint.
Shooting straight into the sun I had to stop the lens down to f8. Shutter 1/200 and ISO 100. To get effective fill on Sarah I add to go to full power on the flash. Now the key to getting that beautiful quality of light was using the full Color Temperature Orange (CTO) gel on the flash. This turned the color of the light to 3900K (very orange) The white balance was set to 3900K effectively making the flash’s light white, but the remaining sunlight is now blue.
FX body 24-70mm f2.8 @ 36mm f8, 1/125 ISO 100 Manual WB 3900K
Yongnuo YN-565ex @35mm 1/1 Full CTO into 36″ Shoot-thru Umbrella