After spending all winter researching the in's and out's of outdoor/backlit photography, I was finally ready to put my findings into practice one golden night. I had gone walking with a dear friend of mine on a trail that I had never been on since moving here to Kimberley, and when we passed by a certain area off the path I thought to myself "this would be an excellent location to shoot". It was still a few hours away from sunset so I had plenty of time to prepare my little family for some outdoor shots. I literally waited till the sun was in the exact perfect location before I even snapped the shutter. And I'm so happy with the results!
It was important to me that the images look good SOOC because I wanted to get a good grasp on the technique behind backlighting. I didn't have any fill light available (speed light or reflector) so I did have to do some minor tweaking in post, just to brighten up the skin due to the shadows. And of course because I shoot in RAW I did some saturation/vibrance/contrast adjustment layers but thats it!
I shot pretty open (between F2.5 - F3.2) and used a 50mm 1.8 (thrifty fifty) for this shoot, but neglected to bring a lens hood with me (among other things, like proper footwear) so I did find myself fighting against the sun flare. But once I embraced it, and figured out how to use it wisely, I actually started appreciating the look. I wasn't sure if I wanted to edit it out of the above image because it looked more like little Kahzik's arm was on fire, but in the end I decided to keep it in.