Charlie and the Photography Factory

May 9, 2009

Finally, the Sun is Out. That Means BBQ Season!

Filed under: Jönköping, Sweden — charlieprator @ 10:33 PM


May, usually brings warm sun, BBQ grills, meat marinade and charcoal smells intoxicating the air, beer, music, and volleyball, right?  Well,  in Sweden thats partly true.  Unfortunately for us, this week has been rainy weather, and cold winds. Hopefully, it will change soon. I am itching to be on a beach with hot sun.

But! 3 weeks ago it was perfect weather. We all celebrated in style.  All the JIBS students got the grills runnin’, brought out the soccer balls, and drank booze on our perfect little piece of land close by Lake Vättern. 

As you can tell from the picture, it’s a really great view.  Vättern is Sweden’s second biggest lake, and at sunsets is perfect for photoshoots.  This wonderful model, Leesa Lynch, willingly accepted to put up with my nagging photography experiments.  I had heard from Trey Ratcliff (the master of HDR) that he personally doesn’t like to do portraiture HDR because of the intense detail the process brings in people’s faces.    So, I decided to test that hypothesis.  However, this an HDR, and I think it turned out beatifully!  Who says HDRs should be reserved for landscapes?! 

Although, this might be due to my model.  She gracefully turned this photo from a boring landscape to something even better.  From this picture, I’m beginning to think differently. 

What do you guys think? 

Oh yea, and the crazy thing, Leesa is a women’s boxing coach for Penn State!  Raised in a family of boxers, you would’ve never guessed she had experience in the ring.


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