Congrats to Jolene on her upcoming graduation from California State University, Fullerton. I remember her being one of the only local girl skaters and being pretty gnarly too (my sister being another one, who actually taught me how to skate). That was more than ten years ago, back when it was even more uncommon to see a girl skateboarding street at the park. She definitely showed the guys that she was just as gnarly and most of the times gnarlier and wasn’t going to let any girly girl stereotypes define her. Of course, looking at her you would never imagine her being someone who would let sprained ankles or bruised up legs deter her. Don’t let the pretty blonde locks and blue eyes fool you. Even though she’s not actively street skateboarding today, she’s still intensely committed to whatever she does. In this case, her college education. I’m stoked to see her graduating and to know she is thinking how she can utilize her Earth Science degree to better our lives and our world. She’s one smart cookie and I wish the best to Jolene on her future endeavors.
And for all of you interested in the technical and photographic side of things:
I used the Sony 90mm f2.8 lens for this shoot and it kicked butt with the back light! I did some light color correcting and some added contrast in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. These were all natural light with some of the portraits utilizing a silver reflector to give the eyes a bit of a catch light and also to add a bit of light to the face. The golden tone of the ground around us also acted as a natural reflector while the late afternoon sun gave me a nice backlight/rimlight glow. The second and third image were shot into the direction of the low sun and there is a bit of flare that you may notice. It is slightly purple and adds a little bit of blur and haze which I happened to like a lot and I’m stoked whenI can add a bit of flare to some of my photos. One unpleasant surprise I discovered was that the Sony a6000 does not do well with dealing with direct sunlight. I noticed some really bad sensor banding that I had never seen before, even though I shoot a lot into the sun. Maybe it was more apparent with the 90mm lens. A few of the images I couldn’t use. Time to get the a7rii!.