Caprice by Dan Klocek
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July 12, 2017

Caprice and I had spent the afternoon shooting in the mudflats of Nudge Beach north of Brisbane. I mentioned I'd like to try something a little more moody, as I usually do. I flipped open my pop-up backdrop and in the setting sun we shot in shadow against a grove of coastal trees.

THE SETUP: Shot on location with no control over ambient lighting whatsoever, against pop-up black fabric, with my Fuji X-T2, and a Fujinon 35mm f1.4. I lit Caprice with my single manual speed-light bounced into a broken $5 school-photo umbrella.

THE EDIT: An hour or so in Capture One. I did an initial clean edit with a focus on brushing and then a secondary edit with a heavy focus on curves adjustment. I retained Caprice's goosebumps to retain the realism.

THE HOW: Caprice is by far one of the easiest models I've ever had the pleasure of working with. She stood patiently being eaten by mosquitoes while I fiddled with my broken equipment at length. The lighting setup was incredibly simple, it was just about finding the right little alcove of shadow to allow for maximum control in an otherwise uncontrolled environment. This shot was snapped as a light crosswind came through just lifting her hair a little. I was very happy with the unedited results and knew I'd be thrilled after a little post-production.

35mm · f/2.2 · 1/100s · ISO 250
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