Sometimes it all falls into place. I shot this photograph about a year ago at the 2011 AZIZ rooftop event during Austin Fashion Week. My recent posting on the 2012 AZIZ grand opening reminded me of this image and I dug it out of my archives. As I recall, it was a very hot day and being on top of a roof didn’t help. The fashion show was delayed somewhat and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. The sun was setting and I captured the model against these pastel clouds in between the Austin skyscrapers. The peak sunset color only lasts for a few minutes and the fashion show just happen to coincide.
Here is the way I shot it. To get the saturated, colorful background, I dropped the exposure compensation down 2/3 of a stop. When you make the exposure darker, colors usually increases in saturation. To make the foreground and the model brighter, and to offset the negative exposure compensation, I used my external flash. It is a good technique to use, especially if you have adequate flash power to illuminate the subject but want to bring out the color in the background.
Please make sure to click on the photograph to see a larger image and hover over the photo to see the exposure details.