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Snow: Nature’s Softbox?

Unlike many of the photographic fraternity who, at the first flake of snow, seem to have grabbed a camera and headed outside, I really don’t like snow. Actually, that’s not strictly true. I like the look of snow. I like it in films, or on Christmas cards, or watching it through a window from the sofa with a bucket of mulled wine nearby. But I hate the disruption, I hate not being able to get anywhere, and I hate having to cancel courses because of it.

Well, the gods were smiling on my first day’s workshop at Birmingham Botanical Gardens of 2013. The forecasted heavy deluge was thankfully diverted to the North West (sorry, peeps of the North West) and so the Portraiture workshop was able to go ahead, and I, the students, and the two models were able to actually get there.

The snow gradually melted away during the course of the day but there was still enough lingering on the roof close by to provide the kind of total shadow-blitzing, wrap-around reflection that you see in this shot of our beautiful female model, Gemma Louise. A reflector of the shop-bought kind provided the catchlight in Gemma’s eyes.

Gemma Louise at Birmingham Botanical Gardens by David Rann

Gemma Louise at Birmingham Botanical Gardens by David Rann

And even when shooting indoors, the sporadic sunshine or bright white sky¬†bouncing off the remaining snow served to raise general light levels. Here are a few more from the session…

Gemma Louise by David Rann

Gemma Louise by David Rann

Gemma Louise by David Rann

Gemma Louise by David Rann

Gemma Louise by David Rann

Gemma Louise by David Rann

Gemma Louise on Purestorm – http://www.purestorm.com/profile.aspx?id=MissGemmaLouise

 

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4 responses

  1. Gorgeous images! Makes me wish for a bit more snow now… Just a little bit.

    February 4, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    • Thanks so much Sally. Personally, I’m more than happy to wait until next year!

      February 4, 2013 at 11:22 pm

  2. Beautiful images David, beautiful model.

    February 4, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    • Thank you Jeff! Planning to work with Gemma quite a bit

      February 4, 2013 at 11:20 pm

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