When I went out to shoot Brooke (and Nate Smith), we had some big fluffy clouds come rolling through the area as we were getting ready to start shooting. Clouds are never my favorite thing to see when I am grabbing my gear, but I wasn't going to let them get in the way of a successful shoot.
We gave the clouds a little bit of time to possible move out of the way of our light source (the sun), risking losing daylight, but sure enough, our gamble paid off. Weather plays a huge factor in my line of work and I'm always looking at what the clouds are doing, what time the sun is rising, what time the sun is setting. It's a lot of trial and error and just relying on the weather to act accordingly so I can get the best results.
On this day, I had Brooke (and Nate) do a couple of sets each. For the first set, I used a jump ramp to help me get high on the action. Whenever I'm able to eliminate the boat or the boat wakes from this style of shot, I'm usually happy. You can see some spray from the boat wake in the lower right hand corner of this image, but had I cropped this particular shot, it would've thrown the composition out of proportion.
For this shot, I had my ISO set on 320, my shutter was at 1/1600, my f-stop was at 2.8 and I was using my Nikon VRII at 102mm.
A couple of things that I like about this shot. The reflection of Brooke in the water looks really nice. It's a crisp photo and she is perfectly focused and the spray just looks super clean with the water being so clear.
This was our first time shooting together and I'm excited for what is to come! We captured some nice stuff that day, so be looking out for some additional shots on my Instagram. You can find me under the handle @Spencer_Shultz79.
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