January 17, 2012

An Evening at the Beach

Over the holidays, a group photographed Lauren (pictured here) and Sarah down at Galveston beach.   As always, both ladies were beautiful and a joy to photograph.
At sunset, the light was great.  Here, I tried to underexpose the ambient light by about two stops and then just splash some light on Lauren’s face by using a Nikon SB800 with a snoot and an orange gel (to simulate the light of the sunset).  I also made sure that my flash was dialed down by about a stop.
Camera settings:  Nikon D3, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 at 200mm, f/4 and 1/125th of a second
Post Processing:
Lightroom 3:  Set black point, added contrast with a mild curve.
Photoshop CS5:  Dodged and burned various parts of photo and saturated background color.


  1. Stunning pix. You did a great job matching the light on her face with the ocean behind her.

  2. This is a beautiful environmental portrait. The sky/water background almost looks like a painted backdrop. Nice work.

  3. Larry I love this one. She looks so beautiful with the scarf. That must have been after I left darn it! Oh, and congratulations on your award! Very well deserved. Hope to see you soon.