Everything that is created on the Earth–fine, unique and surprising–is created by nature. Or God. It seems to us that when the potter molds an amphora from clay, he sees before himself such image. We have tried to “mold” an amphora by means of a photo. And it seems to us that it has turned out. ~ Olga and Boris
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This image of Adrina among the roots was made with my Canon 50D and 16-35 2.8 back in June of 2009. It was f8 at 1/100. Sounds great, right? Well, it’s also shot at 1600 ISO, because just prior to arriving at this location, the model and I had been trying to shoot in an abandoned space that was very dark. So I’d cranked up the ISO to try to get a workable shutter speed under those conditions — then forgot to adjust it back to my usual 160 or 320 before resuming outdoor shooting. For various reasons, a tripod was not practical for this location, so the high ISO actually worked out well. It did allow me to shoot at a an optimal aperture for sharpness and depth of field, plus a high enough shutter speed to get very good sharpness hand-held, so a little noise is a trade-off I can live with. I’ve exhibited a 16×20 inch print of this image and the noise does not detract in my opinion — being properly exposed and not having heavy shadow or solid areas makes noise less of an issue. Converting to monochrome in Lightroom, adding a little vignette, and some secret herbs and spices completed the picture. I frequently shoot RAW with monochrome picture style because it gives me a good preview of what the image will look like in B&W, which is pretty much my “native language” when it comes to photography. Of course, the RAW file gives me the option to use color when an image calls for it.
About the image, we were in pursuit of a purported waterfall in an area south of Dayton, Ohio, but I’d not had a chance to scout this location ahead of time. So it wasn’t until we were on the scene after a 20 minute walk into the woods that we saw the stream was nearly dry, and nothing even resembling falls in sight. But the roots of these two trees on the shore of the stream bed provided a lot of visual interest and possibilities. Adrina tried some poses in the little cubby hole on the right side of the trees — I like those shots, but finding the spot where she could stretch out among the roots was a clear winner. As serene as this image looks, she was contending with the usual spiders and insects, while still managing to look graceful. We worked the scene a bit more, as well as some other spots near there before we headed back to the car, but I was confident that this frame would be the standout from that location. ~ Gary Mitchell
Canon 5D Mark II, 70-200mm EF-L F2.8 IS Lens @ 70.0 mm, F2.8 1/125sec, ISO 100
I had been envisioning the look of this image for quite some time before I actually photographed it. The vision I held was to create an image that had a very soft, almost angelic and rim lit feel to it – in B&W. I wanted it to be an elegant figure study that wasn’t a blatant nude. I went to great lengths in making sure I had the right model chosen that was in line with my vision and that my lighting concept was sound – and tested it with stand-in models before bringing Kaitlin into the studio to work with me.
Three lights were used in total: two 3‘ long, slim softboxes at lowest power on either side of the model and one small 2’ x 3’ softbox as far back in the studio as possible also on low power to give the slightest fill. There had to be separation, however slight, between the unlit background and the model by having her softly rim lit all over.
I learned a great deal from the creative play, experimentation of possibilities, and the vision driven process I went through in creating this image. The finished product expresses everything and more of what I wanted it to say. ~ Ellie Ericson
Sam and I were lucky enough to be invited to a cool photography podcast based out of Calgary called I am Aduro. This podcast is run by Al Del Degan of Aduro Phorography and Andrew Bolton of Zombie Darkroom. We had a great time chatting and laughing with Al and Andrew. Check it out (click on the Listen Now button on the bottom of the link page) and learn what Sam really thinks of Peter Lik’s photography and why I have little respect for most Leica photographers! As well you’ll learn what it really takes to make a living at photography and the underlying theme for the show is fine art nude photography plus there are lots of cool and interesting links.
Speaking of Fine Art Nude work, check out an interview just posted where Sam and I talk about our upcoming Gaia Nudes, Nudes in the Landscape photo workshop. Click here for more.
This model in question is a friend of mine of about 20 years’ standing, and she had just been diagnosed with breast cancer, so was due to have an operation which would disfigure her, although not a full mastectomy. As you can see from the shot, she is very trim, albeit in her 50s, so wanted me to take shots that she could remember herself by, and there was hardly any time between biopsy and operation, so we had to move fast. They were shot in December, in an unheated building (!!) that was being converted from a bank to an art gallery, and which I am involved in. It was the only space available in a hurry, both for the atmosphere of the place and the privacy. It was shot on film, on an original 60s plastic Diana camera. ~ Graham Lowe
This week I am featuring one of the photos in the series nudes in the landscape that Sam and I worked on over the summer. I shot this one just like I shoot regular landscapes except instead of a rock or a flower in the foreground there is the human figure. I used my 24mm tilt-shift lens to get maximum depth-of-field from the model in the foreground to the distant hills in the background. As well, I used the shift feature to stitch two vertical 35mm images into a long thin vertical panorama. And finally I used a Singh-Ray 2-stop hard-edge grad over the sky to hold back the brightness of this section of the image. To learn more about photographing the nude in the landscape be sure to drop by the Digital Photo Expo today (Sunday Oct. 3, 2010) to hear our seminar.
In two weeks The Camera Store’s 2010 Digital Photo Expo will be held in Calgary, Alberta (October 1st – 3rd). This year the Expo is less of a trade show and more educational with 19 photo educators talking about a wide variety of subjects. There is a small fee for each talk and limited seating so sign up early for the talks you are interested in. Here are a couple of the talks I plan to go to:
Daryl Benson – Type Design and Image Presentation
George Barr – Compositions for Non Conformists
Brad Wrobleski – Stock Clock: The Future of Stock Photography
Joel Sartore – RARE: Grizzlies, Piranhas and Flesh-eating Pigs
Samantha and I will be giving a talk entitled Photographing the Nude in the Landscape — come on by and see how Sam tracks down and finds fauns in the woods for her photography 😉