problem with heavily overcast skies is that light lacks
direction. The quality of light is diffuse, and dispersed
which tends to yield murky skin tones, and, in particular
creates indistinct, muddy shadows around the eyes.
To work around this
I had our guides at Arches National Park in Moab hold a silk
over the model's head. The purpose was to cut down the
"scattered" quality of the light, and to give it more
direction. The latter was accomplished by placing a silver
surfaced "blanket" (as a reflector) on the ground, and
subsequently by directing the large reflector (at left)
toward the model.
The shot was a
"cover try" for Bazaar. Never got a cover on the U.S.
edition, though I did have covers on various foreign
editions. 300 mm. F:2.8 lens (wide open), and