Saturday, February 19, 2011

Buttermilk Falls - Beaver County High School Portraits Cave

Black and white high school portrait
Buttermilk Falls - Beaver County High School Portraits Cave

Continuing with the theme of creating a wide variety of shots from the same location, we will review a few portraits of one of the caves at Buttermilk Falls in Beaver County, PA.

This portrait was done while it was snowing and very windy.  The recent post displaying the winter portrait scenes were taken on the same day but before the snow started to fall.  Not one to miss an opportunity to continue to photograph, I asked Allison to sit inside this little stone overhang/cutout but can be made to look like a cave with ingenuity and creativity. 

Utilizing the natural light coming into the cave, I photographed her with the Nikkor 70-300vr.  I utilized this lens to avoid using a tripod with the longer focal length that I like to use for tight portrait head shots.  This is one of my favorite lenses to use if I plan on shooting around f/4-5.6.  The lens is very light weight and is much easier to use when weight is an issue compared to the 70-200 f/2.8.  The vibration reduction helps reduce/eliminate camera shake.

Although I wore my hiking boots with tremendous traction, I didn't have perfect footing due to the snow falling and slick conditions around the entrance to the 'cave'.  The leaves and underbrush were covered with ice and snow creating a 'challenging' situation and I didn't want to slip and roll into ice cold water. (I am sure that would have made a great photograph.  :-D ) Therefore, I utilized my go to 70-300 vr lens.  

Beaver County Caves
This was taken from the same location but with the 17-50 f/2.8 enabling me to create a much different look and the appearance of a cave.  

Post processing of these images were done in Lightroom 3.x and with Nik Silver Effex pro plugin. (It is my favorite tool to use when processing images for black and white, sepia, and many other non-color finishes.)

Beaver County High School Senior Portraits
Again, I challenge you to find a location near your home and study it in such detail that you can create many different portraits only by changing the poses, lighting, and angle. 

Buttermilk Falls is located in Beaver County along route 18 and near PA turnpike.
Beaver County High School Senior Portraits by dr Frank

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