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Véronique was just shaking her hair loose when I made this shot.

We had made a short colour series with her hair knotted in a loose bun, and I asked her if she could let it down. I liked the blissful look on her face and quickly brought my camera back up to seize the moment, hence the very subtle motion blur.

I converted the shot to B&W, although this lighting setup is much nicer in colour. I had put a blue gel on the spot lighting the black background, normally creating a soft colour halo around the model’s head, nicely complimenting Véronique’s incredible blue eyes. However, it wasn’t visible in this shot.

Focal length 105mm
Aperture f/6,3
Shutter 1/160 sec.

Nikon D60
AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED (rental)

Model sitting on a chair, lit through an umbrella by a flash unit on the right directed toward a large silver reflector on the left, which bounced the light back on her face.

Hair light with softbox on the right, second flash unit with softbox strip on the left, a little behind the model.

Flash on the floor behind, with blue gel, lighting the black background.

Featured in Photographers of Canada on March 5, 2010

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  • micheleirene
    micheleirenealmost 5 years ago

    Stolen moments like this are the best I think. I love the peaceful expression and the softness to this as well. Don’t you just love that lens too? I bet you will own it eventually ;) Great work Johanne :)

  • Thank you Shelly! I started to adjust the curves in post to boost the contrast, but finally decided against it because it did not suit the mood. It simply required softness! Yep, love the lens, but I might get the Tamron 90mm f/2,8 macro instead, which is also very nice and half the price! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Craig Blanchard
    Craig Blanchardalmost 5 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS! Your photograph been FEATURED in the Photographers of Canada group

  • Tracey  Dryka
    Tracey Drykaalmost 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your Feature

  • Thank you Tracey, and sorry for the delay in replying to your comment! It kinda got lost in the feed…

    – Johanne Brunet

  • nadine henley
    nadine henleyalmost 5 years ago

    that’s gorgeous, johanne!!

  • Thank you Nadine! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 4 years ago

    Without knowing the story of this image, the peaceful and contented look on her face transports my thoughts to a pleasant place. Very nicely captured moment.

  • Thank you for this great compliment Wendi; it gives me a warm fuzz. :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

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