Close Call at Lake Bryan!

November 29, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Crysten and I were at the George Bush Library at Texas A&M and we realized that daylight was running out.  I wanted to get pictures of her near Lake Bryan at sunset wearing a beautiful dress Crysten brought.  We left the library parking lot and drove to Lake Bryan, neither of us had been there before!  Good thing for iphone maps!  

It had been a pretty nice partly cloudy afternoon, but as I was driving I saw the sun behind the clouds.  It was obvious that the sun would be hidden by clouds as it set.  This was discouraging, but I figured that if nothing more, I could get photos of Crysten and perhaps change the sky with software.

We got to the park and after paying the entrance fee and asking where a good spot might be, we drove to a spot near the lake.  The sun seemed to race downwards, and I knew it would be gone very quickly, maybe ten or fifteen minutes until total darkness.

I set up my Flashpoint XPLOR strobe, with beauty dish, and got my Nikon D750 camera with a 70-200 Tamron lens out and took a practice shot to see what the lighting would be.  Then Crysten's phone rang.  Her babysitter told her that her son was sick, and I was afraid she would have to leave immediately.  Crysten spoke for a few more minutes, as the situation grew figuratively and literally darker, but she stayed with me, and I was able to get some photos taken of her.  The one above being my favorite.

Even though the sun is not visible, and night has almost fallen, I was pleased with the orange glow in the sky and on the water of the lake.  Crysten is lit pretty well--I would have put another light to the right side to light her hair more, but there wasn't time.  Despite the hurried nature of the situation, I think she and her dress look pretty good, and even with no sun in the picture, the background isn't too bad.  

Thanks to Crysten, and I'll be posting other pictures of her soon.


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