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February 05, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

It was so dark and rainy that we couldn't see a soul by the lake. Kate and I decided to leave her mother behind by the fireplace in our warm and cozy hotel room and take a walk.

The clouds were thick and low, and the air was cold, and yet none of these could damp Kate's enthusiasm for running and hopping. She was rushing to the water, picking up rocks, and running back like a retriever. We spotted a dock onto the lake, and I decided it was a good venue for me to snap a couple shots of Kate in Action.

It was supposed to be a casual walk of a father and daughter, so I didn't have a speedlight with me. However, I didn't want these pictures to be typical rosy and dreamy children photos - that would be a great injustice to such a dramatic setting. I wanted to emphasize the contrast between the kid's innocence and dark, even depression surroundings, so I had to fill in the light on Kate's face, while keep the correct exposure for the sky and mountains, by popping up my D300's on-camera flash, which I hardly used in the past.

So, here you go - a set of untypical, "Hogwarts School" kind of feel, kid photographs.

外面又冷又濕,湖畔空無一人。Kate 和我決定去湖邊走走,留下她媽媽窩在酒店房間溫暖的壁爐邊的沙發上看書。

烏雲又厚又低,偶爾露出一小角的藍天。濕冷的空氣完全沒有破壞Kate又蹦又跳的興致,她像一只尋回犬一樣在我和水邊來回跑著,不時撿起石頭扔入水中。 在不遠處我們看見一個甲板長長的伸入湖中,看來這是一個拍照的好地方。

由于我們只是隨便出來走走,所以沒有帶閃光燈。 我不想給kate拍一批典型的,柔美明媚的兒童照片,而是希望突出童真和壓抑環境之間的對比。 爲了准確的曝光環境以及給主體補光,我不得已使用了我D300上自帶的閃光燈。 我幾乎從來不用這自帶的燈,除非迫不得已。

最後的作品就像我當初計劃的那樣 - 一組非典型,強烈,“霍格沃茨魔法學校”感覺的兒童照片。



 


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