1. Rich autumnal colours on a cold windy day courtesy of a white balance shift on my Canon 5D mk 2. A single Speedlight and the sun made the shot come alive. Natalia is a consummate professional. 1/4000th second at f/2.8 ISO 200
These pictures are from my second Speedlight Mastery workshop in Bristol with Natalia. Wow! what a day. No fires at Costa Coffee this time but I had an opportunity to explore the nuances that make beautiful pictures of beautiful people. The angles of light playing on a divine facial bone structure, laughter lines, the peak of a moment and the subtlety of a look. I felt totally exhausted and fulfilled at the end of the shoot and my delegates shared the same incredible journey.
2. We started with an Ezybox and a single Speedlight triggered using the amazing Pocket Wizard TTL system.
3. A trio of Spedlights in a frenzy of creation.
4. A 10,000k white balance ensured a warm rich painterly look to this Speedlight lit portrait.
5. My grassy spot tucked away in a jungle of development. A solitary place void of life and occupants much to the amazement of the developers.
6. My 100mm macro lens has a rhythm of it's own. Able to pick out solitude among the disorder. Isolate the vital and ignore the noise. Make beauty of the unfocussed as well as the focused.
7. The moment, the look, the angles, the clarity, the beauty and the light. Harmony.
8. I stole the opportunity to show the delegates how to find natural two point beauty lighting in the real world. The mint green wall was a bonus.
9. There's nothing like a slash of flash to make a shot come alive. Lying on the ground helped too by accentuating the curve of the background.
New light in an old location. Three Speedlights, two stands, and a couple of full blue gels (not available in a Honl kit) Why?
11. Natural two point lighting again. Stunningly beautiful Natalia with key and kick light provided by a pair of windows.
15 A Lastolite Ezybox provided the key while a bare faced Speedlight blasted the backlight. The well used Boston cocktail shaker completed the shot :)
17. A deceptively difficult shot to capture in the polished granite of the Bristol Hotel. A single Speedlight provided the lighting.
18. A slash of flash from a 580 EX2, bricks, a drain pipe and Natalia too.
19. Sunlight on the water at 1/1000th second allowed me to exploit f/2.8 with my 100mm lens while shooting flash.
20. Heavenly jaw line, cheek line, and eye line bathed in extraordinary light.
21. Deceptively deep emotion conceals a secret to behold.
24. Back down to reality with a punchy funky flash lit shot.
Change the aperture or shutter speed and the contrast changes with it. Fabulous for creating just the right look. A gust of wind at the right time helps too.
26. Speedlights can be subtle too.
Torment, pain and emptiness encased in a beautiful shell
A distant gaze, a melancholy heart
Sadness at what has passed
Captured forever in a photograph
A magic transcends the gravity of the moment
Hope beyond hope, joy beyond the pain
and all the time beauty remains
A constant so great, so indelible, so achingly gorgeous
The tenderness of love will live again
Like a Phoenix from the flames
Damien Lovegrove 11 October 2010
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