Client Session: Oxnard Dunes

This portrait session is from a couple of months ago. What a great, fun, relaxed family to work with! It was a little windy that day, but the weather was beautiful. A wonderful reminder as to why Southern California is so great!

Technical info below.

The group image on the sand dunes was shot with my Mamiya 645AF, 80mm f/2.8 lens at f/11 and 1/125th sec. I fired two strobes wirelessly: probably my Metz Mecablitz 60 in a reflective umbrella for the key light, and an SB-28 as fill (it’s been a few months on this one). Although since it was windy that day, I’m not sure if I had an umbrella up or not.

The series of four kids were shot using a 50mm f/1.4 lens, either on my Nikon N90s or my Nikon F5. Whichever Nikon did not have the 50mm lens had instead a 28-105 f/2.8 zoom, and a TTL strobe. Film was Fuji NPC 160 for the 50mm lens, and new Kodak Portra 400 for the 28-105 lens (under the theory that I’d be shooting wide open with the 50mm lens, and didn’t need as high a film speed because of the bigger maximum aperture).







7 thoughts on “Client Session: Oxnard Dunes

  1. The lights are nice. The light coming from the sun puts a lot of beauty into the image as well. On the third photo, I like how a little light from the sun comes out in between the legs of the person at the center. I love it! Continue producing great photos!

  2. Love the use of natural light and the shallow depth of field in the last 4 images of individuals.
    The light is fantastic – unlike the overcast rain we usually get here in the UK. Great images!

  3. Thanks! It’s funny, sometimes I find myself wishing I was in the UK, with all that soft, even, portrait-y light. 🙂

  4. You’re right Matt – its nice, even ‘softbox’ type light some of the time, but a lot of the time in the summer its high contrast ‘sunshine and showers’ stuff which gives your contrast issues without the warmth! And in the winter…… well, lets not go there!

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