Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 5:09PM
I had the pleasure of photographing the beautiful Alexandra Gándara for a few minutes last week on a breezy hilltop near the Palmer Events Center in Austin, Texas. Alexandra is a dancer who moves quite gracefully. We plan to shoot together again in the near future.
• Flash with CTO gel on white shoot-through umbrella, camera left for the first two images, camera right for the third.
• Bare flash with CTO gel behind subject used as rim/accent light on right side of subject.
• Both flashes trigged via PocketWizards.
I desaturated the background (and the dress a bit) in the next image to separate Alexandra from the environment. I was a bit reluctant to share this image in the same post as it will invite comparison when I feel the image should stand alone, but here you have it anyway.
I'm not pleased with the light and the crop of this third image, but I'm sharing it with you because I loved the pose. This was one of the first shots I took of Alexandra at this location and it was before we moved the key light around to the other side. Moving the light solved the problem of the shadow of her nose being cast across her right eye. The crop is too tight for my taste as I would like a bit more space to either side. One of the reasons I plan to shoot with her again is that, even with bad lighting, Alexandra proves that it is difficult to take an unflattering shot of her.
Thanks again to my friend Steve for finding Alexandra and inviting me along to shoot with them. We always have fun assisting each other as we take turns shooting.