In my previous post, I showed an image of my one and only niece. This one here shows her newly declared fiance, taken at a recent engagement portrait session at the Shelburne Farms, in Vermont (USA). The session had the two of them just being together while I tried to capture them in semi-orchestrated scenarios. I call the approach semi-orchestrated because although I set the location, where they’ll stand, shooting direction, and general idea (together sitting, one giving the other a piggyback ride, etc.), within a particular context they do what they want (pose-free). And I try to capture a moment, expression or mood. By shooting this way, I think there is a higher chance of showing who they really are, not who they pose to be.
For this image, exposure-wise I wanted something in between silhouette and properly lighted. Taking a few test shots, looking at the histogram, and fine tuning according to what I was seeing on the LCD screen, allowed me to get his face close to the envisioned exposure. Then, since it was close in camera, later in photoshop I was able to refine it further by adjusting in levels/contrast.
Nikon D3, 85mm, f2.5, 1/1000sec., ISO200. There was heavy backlight coming in from the afternoon sun over the lake, so using a good lens hood along with my hand near the lens, kept flare to a minimum.