Story Be­hind the Still

Digital Photograper - - Contents - PHO­TOG­RA­PHER: rarindra Prakarsa WEB­SITE: LO­CA­TION: West Java TYPE OF COM­MIS­SION: Pri­vate work­shop SHOT DE­TAILS: Canon eoS 5d Mark iii, Canon eF 135mm f2.0, 1/1,000sec, f2, iSo 100

Find out how Rarindra Prakarsa shot his en­chant­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal im­age of a horse and its owner

ABOUT THE SHOT: Rarindra Prakarsa’s work has a unique style that is greatly in­flu­enced by the beau­ti­ful set­tings in which he cap­tures his sub­jects. Many shots from his port­fo­lio demon­strate a stun­ning com­bi­na­tion of nat­u­ral and ar­ti­fi­cial light, which pro­duces a strong three­d­i­men­sional feel. Rarindra ex­plains the most im­por­tant as­pects in the process of cre­at­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal im­ages like these: “Learn to see the light, find the right back­ground, be pre­pared with ar­ti­fi­cial light to get more drama, but most im­por­tantly, be pre­pared with ideas be­fore leav­ing home.” This im­age was cap­tured while Rarindra was lead­ing a work­shop in West Java, 60km out­side Jakarta. “The place is very fa­mil­iar to me,” he ex­plains. “It’s where I usu­ally take my en­vi­ron­men­tal pic­tures. [On this day] it looked misty and I thought it would be nice to have this horse in the scene – I asked the owner to play with the horse [for the com­po­si­tion].”

As Rarindra an­a­lysed the scene, he was drawn to those key com­po­nents of his sig­na­ture style. “Firstly the im­age is about the beau­ti­ful per­spec­tive cre­ated by the trees and se­condly, about light di­rec­tion (nat­u­ral and ar­ti­fi­cial) from be­hind. The chal­lenge was choos­ing the right place to get the sub­ject to stand out and cre­ate drama.” Due to the nat­u­ral beauty of the lo­ca­tion Rarindra didn’t have to ap­ply much in the way of post­pro­cess­ing to the im­age – he sim­ply bright­ened the sub­ject slightly and added a vi­gnette, to fo­cus at­ten­tion to­wards the cen­tre of the frame. Rarindra’s style has at­tracted a great on­line fol­low­ing and he reg­u­larly runs work­shops for stu­dents from mul­ti­ple coun­tries. “Stu­dents learn about find­ing the right place to shoot, con­sid­er­ing light, com­po­si­tion and find­ing a story to tell. On the sec­ond day they learn RAW de­vel­op­ing to cre­ate more dra­matic colours.” Rarindra will be lead­ing a UK work­shop in Oc­to­ber 2018. Visit his web­site for de­tails.

RightFOR THE LOVE OF THE HORSE rarindra uses the lo­ca­tion in his im­ages to cre­ate a nat­u­ral ap­pear­ance, which makes his sub­jects blend seam­lessly with their en­vi­ron­ment, for a tran­quil mood

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