Nondys was a local girl in Kona, Hawaii. While recently visiting the big island I wanted to try and take advantage of the beautiful scenery and see if I could do a shoot with some locals. I reached out to some people I know, and they got me connected. Next thing I know I was arranging to meet Nondys and Noe. I had suggested a place just north of town that I found out later was a very "locals only" beach. No tourists are really allowed there, and I was lucky as it seems, that I had to local girls with me.
The shoot was pretty informal, no idea, no concept, just let's try to make something happen. Sometimes I love that, when the time is permitting. The girls brought a few outfits, and were really open to my ideas. I showed them some things on my iPad that I really liked and had been inspired by. Nondys had an entire gallery on her iPhone of shots that she wanted to replicate for her portfolio. We agreed to accommodate each other, and this was one of the shots that she picked for her portfolio, although it isn't a replication of anything that either of us had seen.
See this was that "ok let's squeeze a few more in" sort of moment. The water was cold, the wind was blowing, despite the beautiful sunset it was chilly. Nondys informed me that she had the sarong/wrap material that was simply beautiful. Gold, royal blue, and more. I asked if it would be ok to get it wet, she agreed, and the next thing I know we were both in the water.
During the shoot, I had decided to only take one flash with me. It is really fun to use one flash, no modifiers, and see what you can do. So for this shot, I had the light about 5' away, to the left of me set to the 35mm. My SB800 firing on full power to help balance as fill light against the setting sun.
Nondys was a trooper, she sat in that water for at least 20 mins while we kept shooting different poses and ideas.
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