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A low-key moment that brings out the gracious form of the lady.

Model: Zoe Celeste West
Setup: A single continuous light from a stripbox (cam...
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A low-key moment that brings out the gracious form of the lady.

Model: Zoe Celeste West
Setup: A single continuous light from a stripbox (camera right)
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14 Comments | Report
bernieyoung
 
bernieyoung March 06, 2015
Fantastic pose and lighting
kfvpanda
 
kfvpanda April 20, 2015
Stunning- Very Tastful- Great use of color, shape, lines, lighting. A1
lensvoodoo PRO
 
lensvoodoo April 20, 2015
Thank you :)
Etna PRO+
 
Etna April 26, 2015
Beautiful shot
JimMonty
 
JimMonty May 12, 2015
Fantastic lighting, great pose, beautiful woman.
MiGoPhotos PRO+
 
MiGoPhotos May 13, 2015
Excellent lighting composition!
JAZZMAN8
 
JAZZMAN8 May 26, 2015
Great light and pose. Tastefully done. Nice work.
Paws-Off-Photography
 
Paws-Off-Photography June 17, 2015
Very classy! Great shot!
tetvet PRO+
 
tetvet April 13, 2016
gorgeous photo, nice side light. like the color tones
johnnysimmons
 
johnnysimmons October 11, 2016
Lovely
Bipz-Photography
 
Bipz-Photography November 08, 2016
superb composition
BradleyontheRoad
 
BradleyontheRoad January 01, 2017
Amazing pose and lighting. Very Van Dykish with the subtle brown.
Boud1999
 
Boud1999 April 14, 2017
Beautiful capture of her curves and body line
bronxie PRO+
 
bronxie June 14, 2017
Great lighting and I love the subtle pose

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Behind The Lens

Location
This image was shot at the Carriage House Studio in Washington DC, where I was experimenting with low-key lighting and shadows with the graceful and versatile model, Zoe Celeste West.
Time
This image was shot indoors, in the evening at about 7pm, with minimal ambient light. In the absence of the continuous light that was used, it was almost completely dark in the studio. Or should i say, dark enough for me to worry that one of us may trip over the wires.
Lighting
Lighting for this shot was a single directional continuous warm light on a stripbox, placed to the right of the camera.
Equipment
Canon 5D MkIII, Tamron 70-200mm F/2.8 lens, 1/30 sec shutter, hand held. No flash
Inspiration
I wanted to create a tasteful but powerful image of the feminine form that goes beyond highlighting the obvious curves. This was a natural moment of contemplation and reflection,where the lighting, shadows and posing came together. This image reminds me of a graceful flame that rises from a candle.
Editing
I did some smoothing of the skin using Portrait Pro, and some basic RAW file editing using Photoshop CC.
In my camera bag
Camera bodies: Canon 5D MkIII, Canon T4i Lenses: Tamron 70-200mm F/2.8, Canon 24-105mm F/4L, Canon 100mm F/2.8 L, Tokina 12-28mm F2.8, Rokinon 14mm F/2.8 Flash: Canon 600 ex-rt Modifiers: Standard gold and silver reflector, ring light modifier
Feedback
Sometimes its the moment between the poses that suddenly become the ideal image. Hence, keep on the lookout for those fleeting moments of expressions from your client / subject.

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