Saturday, December 6, 2014

When The Opportunity Presents Itself - Take It

As many of you know, not everyone wants their portraits taken all the time.

I lucked out today when the wife came home with some new makeup that she had just purchased and wanted to try them out.

I was working on some images from an event I had worked earlier in the morning when she came into the office and asked if I wanted to shoot some portraits of her.


I had a limited window, so I grabbed what was sitting in front of me - the Olympus OMD EM5 with the 45/1.8 attached.  I also had my Nikon SB-600 with batteries sitting on the desk.

At first we tried some available light (can lights in the hallway of my house), but I just didn't like it.  I slapped the Nikon SB on the hotshoe, threw the camera on manual (first at f/5.6, then later opened it up to f/2.8, ISO 200, 1/125).  Speedlight started at 1/4, then dropped to 1/16 over the progression.  The hallway provided many bounce surfaces.

Many shots later, here are the results.  My top 3 favorites.

All were post processed in Lightroom and I utilized various onOne Suite plugins (B&W / Portrait).

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