Sunday, September 21, 2014

Shannon Maternity Shoot on the Bayou

Last weekend I did a photo shoot with Shannon, a coworker who's about 6-7 months pregnant. The photo above was taken along Armand Bayou in the late afternoon last Sunday. Somehow the tulle fabric seems to make an appearance on many of my shoots lately. Little wind that day so we draped it over some brush along the bayou. It worked well with Shannon's dress here. My editing on this was a bit different. As a finishing touch I tend to lean pretty heavily on Nik Color Efex, but in the past I've applied it to a final layer and used it pretty much as is. This time I applied multiple effects to the image with masked layers. So in the end, I think you have three distinct layers -- foreground with Shannon and an Indian Summer effect to color shift the green grass to more of a brown/red, the middle ground of the trees across the bayou with a fog effect, and the background sky with a pinkish gradient color added to give the sky some color. All these layers were masked pretty heavily to selectively apply. Base image was shot at 1/125 sec at f/5.6, ISO200, 55mm; light from a Nikon SB800 in a Lastolite EZbox from camera left.

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