This image was captured at the beach, right around sunset. There was no direct source of light, so the even, diffuse light created a smoothly lit image. A touch of fill flash was used, as evidenced by the tiny catch lights in Shannon’s eyes. She is looking directly at the setting sun, but the cloud cover limited the intensity of the sunlight. The image was taken with an ISO of 640 to allow for a hand-held shot at 1/100 sec.
The black and white levels were emphasized in post production using the curves function. This combined with the low depth of focus created a nice abstract background with highly saturated greens and other earth tones.