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Old 07-25-2010   #1
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So I'm talking to a model I've worked with several times and she tells me that she'd like to do a set in the fall that has all of the following:

1) She's standing in the water in a bikini (color TBD)

2) There's a sunset sky behind her

3) The trees on the far shore have fall colors.

Believe it or not, I have a location that would give us all that. What I don't have is any idea how to combine all those elements in an evening shot using the equipment in my sig.

I might be using a T2i by that time but I don't think there's any significant difference from my 450D.

I've got 2-3 months to figure this out so let's hear from y'all.

Thanks.

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John,

Sounds like an interesting shot being set up. Angles for the shot are TBD by you at that time, but I would shoot this at or near the magic hour. That would give you around 30 mins to get the shot you want. Meter the sky and make a determination how dark or bright you want that in your shot. Then set the flashes off camera in a manual mode and balance the light they way you visualized it. Settiing sky a bit darker...flashes a stop or two brighter than the metered sky and vice-versa.

You've got plenty of time to perfect the technique before you shoot it live, so I'd start by testing it out in your back yard. Hope this helps.
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Are you able to get a strobe (either studio or good speed light) and battery pack by then? Because it sounds like a standard beach shot that she wants, with a fall twist to the background.
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Thanks Tony. Getting the sunset and filling in the model I've seen exact;y as you say. Getting the trees on a separate level with different colors is gonna make life interesting. Thanks again.

Douglas - no new equipment. The question is how do I get it with what I have. Thanks


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