Fun at Johnson Park Sunset portrait photography with my favorite subject

Trying out different poses for the camera

This was winter and sun sets really early. It was a bit late by the time we reached Johnson Park in Piscataway and I immediately went about setting up the gear. The gear was new and it took some time to figure everything out but Rishita was quite patient.

Smiles Galore

It was cold, chilly and getting darker but Rishu found all the reasons to put out her best smile !

We were looking around for a nice background and with the sun about to go down found a good spot with Rutgers University in the backdrop
So many takes and still the patient subject

Smiling despite the scolding !

Rishu can be quite playful during photoshoots but sometimes it can be exasperating when she keeps making funny faces and gives silly poses when all you want is for her to be still. Despite the admonishment, she was in good spirits and kept smiling for the camera !!

sparkly smile, shiny Bokeh lights

It had been close to a couple of hours since we left home and it seemed Rishu had endured enough. The sun had set, it was dark and we were about to pack up when we saw these beautiful Rutgers University city lights just across the Raritan river in New Brunswick. And so Rishu was cajoled into posing one more time for this cinematic look !

The cinematic look !
All warm and fuzzy !
Golden bokeh balls
Glittering lights, Rutgers University

smartphone to the Rescue

There was hardly any ambient light and it was next to impossible to focus. A little bit of "jugaad" - using the flashlight feature on the iPhone as "focus assist", did the trick !


Canon 5D Mark III, Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, Yongnuo Speedlite YN600EX-RT, Yongnuo YN-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter, Godox 37" Octabox, Neewer 43-inch Collapsible Light Reflector


DP|Photography Debashis Pradhan

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