Mud and Reflections

Yesterday I met up with Therese Larsson, Viktoria Larsson, Tilda Kristiansson och Johanna Råberg at Näsby Slott in Näsbypark north of Stockholm. I had walked past there a week before and noticed that there was this beautiful alley of trees with a great big puddle of water sitting right in the middle of it. So I snapped a few photos and sent one of them to Therese and asked if she would be up for a photo shoot there, and if any of her friends might want to join us.

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Viktoria Larsson was first out. We were working with low poses that would give symmetries with the reflection. The water level was a bit lower when I was there last time, so we had to do a bit of mud landscaping to clear the pool.
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Tilda Kristiansson photographed in the same spot.
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This pose was inspired by one we saw on Instagram. I have increased the contrast on the reflection to make it a bit clearer.
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Johanna Råberg creating a perfect square.
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Tilda and Therese. Here I have experimented with increasing the contrast and making it black and white.
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Therese aligning her leg with the stripes on the big door.
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So we found this four person configuration on Instagram, and thought we could do it. Turns out it was a bit tricky to get it right, but we had fun trying.
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Viktoria Larsson doing a bit of back lit pole dancing.
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In the middle of the park behind the castle was an old fountain that was no longer in operation, so we put it to good use. I had originally planned to bring a reflector, but forgot. Luckily I had two flashes with me that could help light the model. Tilda was a natural at posing.
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While Johanna was getting ready Therese and I ran down to a patch of sunlight to take a few frames there. Here is one of them.
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One more of these fountain photos. The red sweater really helps Tilda stand out. Here she is flicking her hair back.
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This is one of my favourite photos from the evening.
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Another “lets quickly run there, and take a few shots while the others are setting up” photo.
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Therese holding the flash for Johanna. I wanted to backlight the droplets to make them stand out better.
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Johanna sneaking up on Tilda.
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The water surface was almost completely still. Here a quick snap while Tilda was preparing to throw more water for the next photo.
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Bring it on!
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The trick to get these to look good is not to do it too fast. You do not want the arc too far away.
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This is what it looked like when we were doing it.
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I recently found out that my flash had two remote modes. One which is more advanced that lets me control its power from the camera, and a second one where it is just triggered by any lighting flash. The former is what I normally use, but that only lets me do single flashes. The internal flash can operate in repeat mode also, but then it does not act as a commander. By switching to the other flash trigger mode on my flash I could trigger repeat flashes from the external speed light. This was just a quick test where I moved the camera during the half second exposure.

There you have it, a few highlights from the Näsby Slott photoshoot. Many thanks to Therese, Viktoria, Tilda and Johanna for a fun evening!

– Johannes

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