"Some Enchanted Evening…"
©David A. Ziser
I love shooting outdoors into sunsets. Sometimes, as in the case above, the sky comes alive with color. The weather earlier in the day sure would not have predicted this dramatic sunset. It was just shortly before this image was taken that the clouds loosen up a bit and the setting sun made it’s presence known. I guess, in a way, it was an enchanted evening for the photographer who happened to be me ;~)
Let me kind of walk you through what was going on in my mind as I composed this image. First, look how the clouds seem to fan out from left to right. The wide angle lens has something to do with that. Wide angle lens work real magic on the textures and lines in the sky. I wanted my subject to be moving and flowing with the clouds. By placing her camera left, and having her look to the right, we have that feeling of her being connected with the clouds.
Notice too that I positioned her 1/3 into the orange part of the sunset. That way both clouds and sunset lead her into the scene bringing implied motion to this image. I also like how all the textures of the clouds lead the viewers eye right to our subject.
Lighting was from camera right with my flash without my Zumbrella attached at about 10 feet away on half power. I like how all the elements came together for a truly dramatic image.
Camera specs: Canon 5D Mark2 fitted with Sigma 12-24mm lens at 22mm, F5.6 @ 1/200 second, ISO 200. Enjoy! -David