One of the things we did on this trip was visit a working cattle farm. Each one of the people working there, a family, I found very compelling. I talked this girl into posing for me and I just love this portrait. So real. So "in situ" if you are familiar with that term. I don't know that it comes across in this image, but I can tell you from being there that this girl, in her element, captures the essence of The Palouse.
At the farmer's market last week in Santa Barbara I noticed this girl, working one of the booths. I basically just raised the camera and fired off four quick frames. Right after this shot, she burst into a huge smile. At first I thought it was for me, but then realized she recognized a friend.
I continued my walk, taking pictures. Wasn't until I looked at this image on my computer that I realized how really lovely she is. Definitely model material! What is she doing selling garlic cloves?
And although I'm a very above average hand holder (er, not with girls, I mean holding my camera steady), the sharpness of this image at 1/30th is a testament to today's Image Stabilization technology. Make sure your long lenses have IS.
I'm going to end this series with my favorite. Although I haven't done that much model shooting, I know enough that you can't really create stunning work without a connection. The photog and the model have to connect, even if it is for the most fleeting of moments.
Thank you, Valerie, for the brief connection. I hope I did you proud!
Found this lovely girl outside of the convention center. I think she has done a bit of modeling before! I just did a simple treatment in Topaz Black & White Effects. I selected one of the Platinum presets - that's it!
I think it's great in color too. Just a different feel. You can check out the original on the Continue link below.