When shooting outdoor, usually space is not an issue, but definitely not the case for this time. Shooting at a beach location is tricky. The best shooting time could happen to be the time when the tide is very high and that’s exactly what happened to us. All the sandy beach were under the water. We have no choice but climbing on rocks. My first challenge is, where the heck am I gonna place my light? There is no flat surface can be found here let along I have to find a spot with good lighting. Thank god it’s not windy, so there is hope.

Eventually, I picked a spot that has some large rocks and a tree leaning towards the water. The lighting is good here. Sun is facing directly at us at a lower angle. We got nice reflections from water and interesting foreground. I placed my light directly on the rock and hope for the best. To my surprise, it worked pretty well. Even though I got a 2×3’ softbox on my Profoto B2, it’s pretty stable. My shooting space and angle are limited. Actually very limited. We have around 25 square feet of space to shoot. In order to get multiple looks from here, it’ll be rely on my model Drew to give me varieties of poses and she did great!

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bts shot:

 

Eventually the tide retreat a bit and exposed some sandy area, but the sun is gone. We are close to the end of our photo shoot. The ambient light is soft and weak, time to shoot natural light.

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Gear used: Profoto B2, Profoto OCF 2×3′ softbox, Nikon D810 Sigma 50 Art

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