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By chrisevans
I've wanted to shoot a beach portrait for a number of years and Calvin kindly gave me that opportunity.
Ex colleague, Calvin, agreed to drive through the night all the way from London to meet me on the beach at 5am last Sunday.
Sunrise on the coast is an amazing moment so I wanted a subject that was going to be visually powerful to compliment the dramatic backdrop nature would serve up.
I used my second hand Nikon D800 and my very used second hand SB900 as an off camera strobe triggered by the D800's pop up flash. But what I was really excited about was my decision to use a Nikon 14-24mm as a portrait lens! Yes, a 14mm - 24mm lens as a portrait lens.
Walking along the beach before sunrise gave me time to think 'what the hell are we doing while everyone else is in bed' but it took my mind off the big question, how was I going to shoot Calvin? What setting do I need to use? He's come all this way, what if it doesn't work?
A race against the now quickly rising sun focused my mind and I was able to grab this shot which I think combines the dramatic mood and power of both subjects together.
Location is so much harder than the studio!

Tags: Fitness Beach Sunrise Bodybuilder Portraits and people

Voters: Daisymaye, Spkr51, TheHucklebrookHound and 25 more

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Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
30 Aug 2017 2:41AM
He's definitely a powerful looking man. Looking very at home in the scene. Much like Tarzan in the jungle if you know what I mean. Awesome work.
Spkr51 5 United States
30 Aug 2017 3:09AM
Iron Man , great shot *****
30 Aug 2017 3:38AM
Calvin is a striking subject......against this lovely landscape.

30 Aug 2017 6:04AM
A WOW image Chris.
Savvas511 4 158 Cyprus
30 Aug 2017 6:35AM
Great shot
you managed to perfectly combine the existing light at sunrise
and the flash from the sb900.
You took the right choices and I am sure you had no time for mistakes
since every second the light conditions changed as the sun came up

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sebartley 5 141
30 Aug 2017 7:22AM
Brill photo, that's for your effort to make this happen Wink
30 Aug 2017 7:59AM
Wow !!super shot super fit Calvin with that sunrise stunning !!GrinGrinGrinGrin
Steven_Tyrer 14 69 Wales
30 Aug 2017 9:01AM
Beautiful image all that effort has paid off very well done SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
31 Aug 2017 10:17PM
Thanks everyone your your generous feed back. When you get up that early for a portrait it's great to hear the positive comments that made it all worth while. Thanks to all.
First class image beautifully colours and detail such a wonderful capture, Chris.

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