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© Christopher Griesé
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UploadedMay 30, 2012
TakenMay 29, 2012
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D700
Exposure1/250 sec at f/4
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length105 mm
ISO200
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I had very strong guiding visuals in my mind about the way a herd of deer stares at you in the early morning from a safe distance in the woods, and prisoners lining the fence surrounding an internment camp, staring outward. I was looking for a somewhat dissociated and otherworldly feeling.

I'd had my eye on this location for a few years, because of the unusual lighting which happens only during a short window of time (about 5 days, twice per year); owing to conditions similar to what's known as "Manhattanhenge" (aka The "Manhattan Solstice"). It happens when the sun rises directly in line with a row of trees & over-growth separating the street from a field beyond. The spot where the girls are placed is perfectly and precisely shaded during this time, while the field and trees beyond are bathed intensely with light.

This allowed me create excellent background separation by blowing out out the background using over-exposure, further muting it with DOF, while simultaneously achieving a softer contrast exposure on the girls standing in the shade. DOF alone would not have been enough to produce adequate background separation, because without the over-exposed background, the girls would still have been lost in the busyness of the background.

Since this photo is intended to be printed very large, the interest in their expression, wardrobe and make-up gets lost at this scale, so I've posted a detail crop here: http://jpgmag.com/photos/3354538

Models: Dori, Gemma, Tristeen
Southampton, NY

4 responses

  • Kelly Nichols

    Kelly Nichols   gave props (30 May 2012):

    Cool....look forward to the series!

  • Mike H

    Mike H gave props (12 Jun 2012):

    You are the MAN.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (7 Aug 2012):

    excellent!

  • Robert Versteegen

    Robert Versteegen (Deleted) said (8 Aug 2012):

    excellent wow

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