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    Default A shot in the dark

    I haven't posted in a while so I thought I would show one of the shots from last night. This was taken a bout 10 minutes after the sun went down.



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    Default Re: A shot in the dark

    Great job as usual but your models seem to wearing less and less clothes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NrthrnHrse View Post
    Great job as usual but your models seem to wearing less and less clothes?
    I think it has something to do with the times, and the age of the models.

    The object of the photo shoot, for me, was to over power the sun with the flash to get a darker background. However, in this shot the sun had already set and I just liked the darker background. To me, it seemed to make the model stand out more (which the models really like).

    There is so much to learn about lighting.

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    Larry:

    I agree customers like the shot that jumps out at them. Maybe less of a jump, just a skip. Do you have variations that brighten the background? The model's exposure is where it belongs.

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    Default Re: A shot in the dark

    Another classic Lawrence. Very cool shot.

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    Default Re: A shot in the dark

    Quote Originally Posted by CRHoetzl View Post
    Larry:

    I agree customers like the shot that jumps out at them. Maybe less of a jump, just a skip. Do you have variations that brighten the background? The model's exposure is where it belongs.

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    Carl,

    I probably don't have one with the same model, and the same pose with a brighter background as the sun was setting very fast, and I had two models that were alternating taking shots with different outfits on.

    I shot over 450 images in 2 1/2 hours, and I am still going through them. I just happened to see this one last night as I uploaded them all. I posted it without any post processing, which I normally do not do.

    I will check to see if I can find an image with a brighter background.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garry Frankel View Post
    Another classic Lawrence. Very cool shot.
    Thanks Garry.

    I really got torn apart on this image on dpreview. I realize the image is not perfect but then again I wasn't going for perfection. I photographed two models, and they wanted lots of different poses with different outfits, and I was running out of sunlight fast. I just wanted to give them something for their portfolios.

    I don't mind getting torn apart by the experts, but I think a lot of what I see on dpreview is people taking cheap shots at anything that is posted.

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    Lawrence , what back ground ? The whole image jumps out at you fine lighting, dynamic. Peter
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    I'm no pro, never will be, but how in the world do you get those colors, how much post processing do you do after such shots, and what lens did you use at what ap. Just curious
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    Quote Originally Posted by eelect View Post
    I'm no pro, never will be, but how in the world do you get those colors, how much post processing do you do after such shots, and what lens did you use at what ap. Just curious
    I did zero post processing on this shot. It is just the true Olympus E1 colors you are seeing. I used the 14mm - 54mm lens. As this was shot with my Alien Bees ABR800 ring flash, all my images were at 1/125 sec, and I changed the aperture as the sun was setting over about a 15-20 minute period. I am not sure the setting of this particular shot, but they were all the same color from about f/11 through f/3.5.

    You can tell I did not do any post processing because I even left the bugs in the image, and the drop of water on her leg that is blown out because of the reflected the strobe light. I should have taken the time for post processing before showing the image, and I would have removed these items.

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    Great shot, When does one decide to go for a slower shutter for proper exposure over changing the AP. If blurring the background is not an issue.
    I do allot of pictures from my kids (they move around allot) and I have a hard time to get them tack sharp. there is always that softness on their face but I guess when doing models they don't move around like flys.

    I'm impressed with that shot,but what would you do to make that better. I'm sure you'd find guys who would find 10 things wrong with the picture.
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    I could made the "usual Italian" and ask you for her telphone number
    (i'm joking obv.)

    But i say that is a really nice shot . The model is in great evidence and the soft night color behind her give something special to the shot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maamcross View Post
    I could made the "usual Italian" and ask you for her telphone number
    (i'm joking obv.)

    But i say that is a really nice shot . The model is in great evidence and the soft night color behind her give something special to the shot

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    Thanks.

    And about the phone number; If only I were 50 years younger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eelect View Post
    Great shot, When does one decide to go for a slower shutter for proper exposure over changing the AP. If blurring the background is not an issue.
    I do allot of pictures from my kids (they move around allot) and I have a hard time to get them tack sharp. there is always that softness on their face but I guess when doing models they don't move around like flys.

    I'm impressed with that shot,but what would you do to make that better. I'm sure you'd find guys who would find 10 things wrong with the picture.
    I hesitate to use slower shutter speeds after a problem I had with a wedding shoot. I ruined a lot of shots because of slow shutter speed, and the fact I could not see the blurring in the small view finder.

    I now would rather increase the ISO setting (up to a point) instead. I should do some more testing with slower shutter speeds to see what I can get away with.

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    Lawrence you really know how to master light in Photography, alott of thinking and setup "experince". Like I said , dynamic!. Peter
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    Quote Originally Posted by Petephoto1 View Post
    Lawrence you really know how to master light in Photography, alott of thinking and setup "experince". Like I said , dynamic!. Peter
    Thanks Peter. I don't think I will ever be a master of lighting, but it is a subject that really fascinates me. I read everything I can get my hands on, and I try to set up shots where I can try different lighting setups.

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    The folks on DPreview would nitpik Da Vinci. Great shot good lighting. I never really noticed the background. :-) I'm old but I'm not THAT old!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maddogmd11 View Post
    The folks on DPreview would nitpik Da Vinci. Great shot good lighting. I never really noticed the background. :-) I'm old but I'm not THAT old!!

    Maddog
    I think you are right on the nitpicking on dpreview.

    Lawrence

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