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Finding the Light

I’ve always believed in creating the light. But light, as they say, is light. And light is what photography is all about.

Finding it is Ok, too – especially when it is directional, yet soft. Like light from a covered porch where the sun is opposite – eastern facing to a western sun, for example. A great big softbox sans flashtube.

These images of Kindera were shot in just such a location. The light is everything you would want – directional, wrappy. Not exactly dramatic but that’s not what I was going for. Soft and pretty is more like it.

© Donald J. Fadel, Jr. |

© Donald J. Fadel, Jr. |

© Donald J. Fadel, Jr. |

And that porch delivered. Catchlights in the eyes (to add life)  and with enough volume to light them. And direction to it.  Highlights and shadows.

Though there is a falloff of light from front to back, it is subtle. To make Kindera pop from the background I shot wide open on the GM 85mm f/1.4 – a spectacularly sharp lens with even more beautiful defocused rendering. The light helps, but it is focus that does the heavy lifting in providing a 3 dimensional “look” to the image.

Sometimes defocusing can play in the foreground, too, like the silk flowers in the first image. A sense of depth can come from either the foreground or the background; when opportunity calls it’s best to try both.

For wardrobe we went simple – a man’s shirt – white. A favorite.

More to come.




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