A couple of weeks ago our daughter graduated with a degree in biology. My parents drove in from Colorado and stayed in town for a few days to attend her graduation. But on that day my dad was unable to go. So I settled for having Rachel don her cap and gown once more and had her stand with my dad in our front yard.
The light from the setting sun was wonderful. I put the sun at my 2 o'clock position and added a bit of fill flash (set at -0.7) to lighten the shadows a bit. I used the 50mm lens and was standing on a planter in order to get a little height. In all I took 12 shots. I was happiest with this one:
Then I imported it into Lightroom, increased the "clarity" and "vibrance" settings to add a bit of punch, and then added a vignette to focus your attention on them.
(Shot with the Nikon D300 on aperture-priority mode using the 50mm f/1.8 lens; SB-800 flash; 1/200 sec at f/2.8; ISO 200; flash white balance; fine JPG.)