11th annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival

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And thanks to my two wonderful assistants for their help: Emily Man and Doris Young. Read More

What You Can Do with a 115cm-wide Reflector

A photo of Melody Tymm taken during the 11th annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival at Slocan Park, Vancouver, BC.

Shown here in costume is Melody. One of the entertainers I met at the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival last month, she agreed to let me do a little experiment! Below is a comparison I made to illustrate the difference between natural light portraiture (without any modifiers) and natural light portraiture using a modifier (a 115cm-wide silver-sided reflector to be exact).

Melody Tymm at the 11th annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival © 2013 Jenn Lin Photography

Natural light alone vs. natural light with a silver-sided reflector

With the sun shining to the west at around 5:30pm, I had my assistant for the day stand south-east of Melody and hold the reflector in the direction of the sun, tilting it until the light was bounced onto Melody. Had we had spent more time playing with the angle, we probably could have eliminated the shadow which is appearing between Melody’s right cheek and nose. Yet it’s the shadow which gives her so much dimension. IMO, the silver side of the reflector gave Melody a nice glow and made her really pop out from the background. (I would advise using the golden side unless you want to give your subject an orange tan.)

Reflectors are relatively cheap, they’re effective, they keep working until the sun sets, and they can make your photos/subjects look more interesting. (See “Working with Thomas” and “Darren’s Headshots” for more examples of photos I’ve created with a reflector.) The only thing is that they take a bit of work to get them back into the little circular pouch they come in—but other than that, they’re an awesome tool to use (if you’re not in a hurry).

Hope you enjoyed reading! Until next time,

JL

Adrian Dix and Don Davies

Adrian Dix and Don Davies at the Moon Festival © 2013 Jenn Lin Photography

I think this photo is pretty self-explanatory (see sign to the right), but here’s Vancouver-Kingsway leader, Adrian Dix, and Vancouver-Kingsway MP, Don Davies, pictured at Slocan Park during the Moon Festival on September 21, 2013. For the Harvest Fair portion of the Moon Festival, members of the community are invited to enter their biggest plants and vegetables into the Harvest Fair Competition in order to win a prize.

While I wasn’t able to photograph the two of them head on, I’m glad I didn’t, because I like this angle so much more. The candidness of their expressions, the way their knees seem to be buckling under a weight that probably isn’t really that heavy, the sign in the background which provides the photo with context, the colourful flags drawing your attention to the centre of the photo, and the plants and people in the backdrop (especially the woman to the left who is laughing)—these things all give an inviting and festive feel to the photograph.