Tuesday, November 18, 2008

rickshaw girl

The photo above was taken at the Texas Renaissance Festival in Plantersville, TX. A group of photographers from the Bay Area Photo Club went up on Sunday to shoot the event - an annual festival of medieval culture with the accompanying food and frivolity. There were, to say the least, some great characters there, and most were more than willing to let you take their photos. Fellow BAPC member Larry Patrick and I teamed up, using his Alien Bees triggers - firing a Nikon SB800 flash through a small softbox mounted on a monopod. One of us would shoot while the other would run the flash, and then we'd switch off. This photo was taken pretty late in the day. I took 20 photos of this woman, and I must say probably 15 of them are keepers - such an engaging face with a great hat and hair to frame it. Usually, you'd think it would take a couple of shots to get you in the ballpark - both in exposure and comfort working with the model, but this was the first frame I took. The image was cropped slightly, toned with Nik Silver Efex, and the corners were burned with Photoshop. To see some of Larry's shots, check out his blog at: http://larrypatrickphotography.blogspot.com/


  1. Steve,

    Why am I not surprised that this is the first shot that you are showing? Great shot. Of course, I thought it was a really good shot when I saw it on your camera's LCD. I think the B&W treatment is perfect.

    I must admit, this one shot you got of her is better than all the shots I got of her.

    Great job.


  2. This is very nice, what an engaging shot of her. I love the spot of light on her face and the way her arms, hat and hair frame her face. I really like the angle she is turned also and how her eyes are looking back at the camera. This treatment makes her hair and the fur of the hat blend together, which is a nice effect. However, I do not see a rickshaw anywhere, she looks more like "Clan of the Cave Bear" to me...without clothes. Still, I like it a lot!


  3. Very nice Steve! You captured what appears to me to be a playfully mischievous look in her eye!
    Well done!