I had a shoot yesterday for a commercial client. After I had gotten the images that they needed I slapped the Lensbaby Edge 80 on my camera and parked the subject (named Cortez) under the shade of some oak trees. Lensbaby optics tend to lend a dreamy, surreal look to any subject and a young boy with a bunch of balloons seemed like just the sort of thing that would benefit from the Lensbaby treatment. There isn’t a lot to say other than that except that the weather in Louisiana has been amazing the past few days and I was grateful to have something to shoot in the crisp Fall air.
Obviously, I can’t post the “keeper” images that the client needed but it is great when a contract shoot also affords you the chance to play around and get some images you want for your own portfolio. The angle of the sun was throwing all kinds of lens flares around and even making some diamond patterns on the balloons. I couldn’t have asked for a better lighting situation and after some adjustments in Nik’s Color Efex Pro 4, I ended up with some shots that I am very happy to have. So, thanks Cortez and thanks to Caroline for helping me out on the shoot and thanks to the Louisiana atmospheric gods for finally giving us a break from the heat and humidity.