Restaurant table under a rubber plant tree in the garden of Hacienda San Jorge

A lazy day round the hotel after the previous day’s walk. I took some time to go round the hotel grounds to get a few images of where we’re staying.

This image uses a number of techniques. I needed to balance the daylight on the pool area with the light under the rubber plant tree. I used my speedlight on a 3m TTL lead and to place the light as far off to the right as I could manage. This avoids the flat lighting of having the light coming from the same direction as the camera.

I also tried to defuse the light from the flash as much as possible but this still created some shadows. In post production I used lightroom to ‘open up’ the shadows and give a slight boost the the saturation.

You can see other views of the hotel grounds here:

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Image Reference: FG0107A-G00231