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Sunrise with Tia

About five years ago, I grew tired of taking photos of landscapes and still life and decided that it was time to challenge myself by working with people instead. It is a whole different world. Apart from the obvious lens and camera requirements you need to learn how to do your job (take photos) while directing what is going on and keeping yourself in check to make sure that you’re doing your job right too.

TFP (Time For Prints) appealed to me so I went out and booked in a few sessions with a few TFP models. This is awesome because it allows you both to grow your portfolios at the same time and nobody ends up out of pocket. Yesterday, after a four year break, I booked in a TFP shoot with Tia and mark my return to working with people again.

We agreed on a sunrise shoot at a rather picturesque location – Newstead House. This presented a bit of a challenge earlier on because my camera flashes weren’t playing the game. Off camera flash is always going to be a challenge when you’re shooting solo. Next time I’ll either get an assistant to help out or just leave the flash on the camera and rotate it like normal people would.

Tia, flash almost there

It wasn’t long though until the sun came up and I got to put some mileage on my brand new Carl Zeiss 35mm f/2 lens. It isn’t really a portrait lens but its clarity is amazing. It is more aimed at Street Photography which I will attempt at another time soon.

Canon 24-105 L Image

For the rest of my photos the 50mm f/1.2 and 24-105 f/4 L lenses came out and as always surprised me with the outstanding sharpness that they can offer.

50mm f/1,4 lens sharpness

It wasn’t until I got home and started editing up some photos that I realised that some of them worked amazingly well in Black & White.

Tia B&W Contrast

Thanks again to Tia for braving a cold September sunrise and an awesome morning TFP session, I hope that we can work together again soon.


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