“That sense of loss grew within the hearts of the humans who had been left behind, left to live without unicorns. Even the ones who had never seen a unicorn, felt the passing of something sweet and wonderful. It was as if the air had surrendered a bit of its spice, the water a bit of its sparkle, the night a bit of its mystery.”
― Bruce Coville
Techie Stuff: f/2.8 for drama. Natural, diffused light for softness and to leverage the beauty of the subject. A teeny drip of fill. This girl was just too pretty to mess with very much.
Nikon D800 , 28.0-70.0 mm f/2.8, ƒ/2.8, 70.0 mm, 1/80, 100 ISO
Sometimes two people meet one another and you know they are twins. They might not have the same look or the same last name, they might not even look like each other or be close in age, but you know, spiritually, they are twins. Sometimes it’s better to keep them separated, for they trouble they might get into. This is the case here, and it is another reason whey you never mess with Faeries.
In the woods, at a distance, a faerie queen and her attendant consented to pose for a portrait, which is a rare honor and a gracious gesture. While the deep woods are full of Fae folk, most people – especially adults – never see them.
Most importantly, this is an example of why natural light, when nature cooperates, is above and beyond wonderful. This was a partly cloudy day where the harsh noontime sun was diffused by both clouds and tree cover. Thanks nature!!!
I have amazing friends. The one on the right is Ruby Chiex who you will see in a lot of my photos. Brilliant and beautiful, she has been one of my photo muses for a few years running.
This photo shows why it pays to get the big lights and demonstrates the serendipity available in every photo shoot. The modeling light of the my AB800 with PLM modifier (aggressively flared) from above produced such a lovely light that I dropped my Nikon D800 and snapped a quick shot with my Fuji Point-and-shoot.
Encountered near Baltimore, this Autumn Faerie was brazen, bold and colorful. Fae cannot be seen unless they want you to see them.
“This is a work of fiction. All the characters in it, human and otherwise, are imaginary, excepting only certain of the fairy folk, whom it might be unwise to offend by casting doubts on their existence. Or lack thereof”. ~Neil Gaiman
Technical: Nikon D90, 55mm, ISO 250, 1/160@F/11, wireless Speedlight – off camera, cls controlled. To shoot a faerie in the wild, you have to hand hold your lights.
Off camera speedlights are the best for creating a dramatic effect on the fly. I used a selfie stick with a cold shoe to get some separation from the camera. I used the on-camera Nikon CLS trigger and a Nikon SB-600. It’s compact, reliable and easy to tweak your output.
This modern world is a mix of synergies and fusion. A blending of old and new traditions and, here in the USA more than anywhere else, mixes of cultural influences the create new complexity and beauty every day. Nowhere is this more present than in the music of the band Brother, (Angus, Didgeridrew and their drummer, whose identity currently has me quite confused…) which blends didgeridoo, bagpipes, tribal drums and more traditional rock instruments to create and unique and compelling sound.
King of Prussia Mid Winter Scottish/Irish Festival Link: