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
Shutter 1/160 sec.
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