02 — Dryad

A dryad, in Greek mythology, is the female spirit of a tree. They were normally considered to be very shy creatures, except around the goddess Artemis, who was known to be a friend to most nymphs. I think we spend so much time in woodlands that Spadge has turned into one.

I took this photo with my new Canon 70-200 F/2.8 IS — I have to say I am blown away by this lens. Most people that know me are aware that I am an advocate of prime lenses, but this lens is definitely an exception I am happy to have made. The image stabilisation is some sort of black magic… I was shooting at 200mm on 1/50th of a second quite happily.

I also used my new 110cm 5 in 1 reflector for this shot, I’m glad I put it in my bag. I used it on the gold side and it took away some of the hard shadows from the left of the face as well as adding that beautiful gold tint. Me gusta.

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Dryad - Dryad Photographed by Rick Nunn
Dryad - trees Photographed by Rick Nunn

Ostlers Plantation

We did this shoot in Ostlers Plantation next to Woodhall Spa, an awesome woodland within one of my favourite places.

Lighting Diagram

Lighting Diagram for Dryad


  • Camera: Canon 5D MkII
  • Lens: Canon 70-200mm F/2.8 IS
  • Flashes: None! Yeah I know right…
  • Accessories: A gold reflector & a light stand

Camera Settings

  • Shutter Speed: 1/100th
  • Aperture: F/2.8
  • ISO: 200

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