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If you’ve looked at my gallery and blog posts, you’ll have seen that I rarely shoot people, preferring instead to shoot other, more compliant forms of wildlife!   But last year and this year, on my trips to Bulgaria, I took some shots of my dear friend Genka, who very helpfully happens to be very photogenic! Last July in particular, we did a sort of modelling shoot around the Old Town in Plovdiv, and the sunshine and bright colours gave us some nice shooting opportunities. This year, we took advantage of the lighting offered by the setting sun at the Assem Fortress.   Genka is a natural model, and I hardly had to pose her at all; most of these poses are her own initiative. She is also an exceptional salsa dancer, and I managed to get a couple of shots of her dancing. Rather than shooting close-ups, I wanted to present Genka within the beauty of her historical surroundings, as I felt that they contributed much to the images. Furthermore, and as you can tell from the images, I like the tilted angle, as this gave an added dynamism to many of the shots.   I used 35mm and 50mm fast primes, as well as the Tokina 11-16mm F/2.8 for a couple of shots. These primes nicely defocused backgrounds while retaining sharpness at wide apertures. The lighting was completely natural, being very sunny on all occasions. All images were shot RAW and then converted using Nikon’s NX software, and then any editing was done in Adobe CS5.  Enjoy!        

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If you’ve looked at my gallery and blog posts, you’ll have seen that I rarely shoot people, preferring instead to shoot other, more compliant forms of wildlife!

 

But last year and this year, on my trips to Bulgaria, I took some shots of my dear friend Genka, who very helpfully happens to be very photogenic! Last July in particular, we did a sort of modelling shoot around the Old Town in Plovdiv, and the sunshine and bright colours gave us some nice shooting opportunities. This year, we took advantage of the lighting offered by the setting sun at the Assem Fortress.

 

Genka is a natural model, and I hardly had to pose her at all; most of these poses are her own initiative. She is also an exceptional salsa dancer, and I managed to get a couple of shots of her dancing. Rather than shooting close-ups, I wanted to present Genka within the beauty of her historical surroundings, as I felt that they contributed much to the images. Furthermore, and as you can tell from the images, I like the tilted angle, as this gave an added dynamism to many of the shots.

 

I used 35mm and 50mm fast primes, as well as the Tokina 11-16mm F/2.8 for a couple of shots. These primes nicely defocused backgrounds while retaining sharpness at wide apertures. The lighting was completely natural, being very sunny on all occasions. All images were shot RAW and then converted using Nikon’s NX software, and then any editing was done in Adobe CS5.

 

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ParrishJul 3, 2013 03:22 PM

Great series Alpha, and a dear friend and model Genka is. Images to cherish id say .

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