"This was one of those 'spur' of the moment shots taken in a deserted dirt bike path in Oahu, Hawaii. I was inspired the previous night to shoot fine art portraits and tattoos. I called Lindsey, the model in the image, and she was instantly down to shoot. Nothing was planned really. I literally texted her about 20 minutes before the shoot "Also bring something that says "I'm in a f*ckn 90's cult band thing."" We shot earlier at an abandoned train station from the early 1900s and stumbled across the pickaxe in the image. We jacked it from the cart and ventured into this dirt bike path that also had the most interesting block of homeless folks. One dude had a super tricked out patio with dried leave doors and rusty chairs -- no joke. I think we put the pickaxe back...
The set-up wasn't too much. I had a 220w Cowboy Studio strobe facing toward the model. The photos were coming out so insane with the sunset as it was used as the backlight for the model.
I used two different exposures while editing this photo to have an even balance between the model and the background. Both images were combined using layer masks." -Neil Chan
Camera - Canon 60D
Shutter - 1/100 at f8 (and f18 for the sky)
Focal length - 18mm (Lens - EF-S18-135mm)