Yeah this was a fun shoot, and there is nothing better than taking pictures beach side and sharing the experience. Chantal is one of the easiest going models I have worked with this year, and is very talented as a model. She was part of the rock the bikini photo shoot a few weekends back that was an awful lot of fun. There is something about good music, good people, happy photographers and models that make an entire shoot just click nicely. This was one of those times.
I took these pictures at 100 ASA, F5.4, with a fill flash and my trusty Gary Fong because the light was direct sunlight. These were taken in the afternoon so the light was coming in on her side and I really needed to be able to fill in the heaver shadows that the direct sunlight was casting. However that made for some awesome highlights in the water, and lit up the background beach nicely. I honestly thought about using a white or silver reflector but no stage hand to help out, and the fill flash seemed to be doing the job nicely along the way.
These were taken in Poulsbo Washington on one of the few sunny days here in the state. All that light helped make the editing process in Lightroom 4.4 very easy. Since the images were mostly the same, you could make the corrections to a key image, and then copy all those corrections over through the rest of the set. The only real corrections were to lighten the shadows a bit, then work on the color channels to bring out the colors of the Bikini (all that light was washing out the colors), and then bring about a natural skin tone once I had the blue and aqua channels set up the way I wanted them.
In all if you are taking pictures in broad daylight in the water, you really do want to have some kind of fill flash or a reflector (mine is a 42 inch white, silver, gold reflector) to help kill off some of the shadows that are going to be generated by all the light reflecting off the water and from the direct sunlight. In all though this is something worth practicing and having a model that is willing to work with you while you are flipping through the camera settings is always something that is really handy. Thank you Chantal, this set came out pretty good.