My first opportunity was with Whitney McClintock, who was kind enough to let me come get some private shooting in. Looking back on that day, my shots were complete garbage. But I was determined to improve.
Fast forward a few years and Whitney and I were still working together. The image above is from Spring 2017 during a shoot for GlideSoul (https://us.glidesoul.com/en/shop/ if you like what Whitney is wearing in this image).
You might look at this image and say, "I've seen you post stuff like this before." My response back would be, "yes, you have, but this was the first time I stepped foot in the lake and shot from this position without a camera waterproof housing."
I knew going to the lake that I was going to shoot this angle. I had talked myself into it and I wasn't going back. I was risking thousands of dollars worth of equipment to produce this image. I even switched memory cards, so that if things went wrong, I wouldn't lose everything that I had shot from that day.
Lucky for me, things panned out and I pulled the image I was after out.
So what did I use? Well, I used my Nikon 50mm 1.8f lens, but didn't pair it with a speedlight. Since it was my first time shooting this angle, I didn't want the speedlight to get caught on the rope as Whitney went by. Nowadays, I wouldn't think twice about grabbing my speedlight for this kind of shot. Since I wasn't using a speedlight to light Whitney, I had to use what the sun gave me and select the best settings I could. For this, I went with ISO 250 and a shutter speed of 1250.
If you purchased my 2018 Summer at the Lake waterski calendar, chances are you've seen my favorite photo from this shoot that is about three frames after this one. If you haven't, I'm super close and Whit looks super strong.
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