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timmc April 12, 2015
What a great photo. Congratulations on the award. We have a Steampunk festival at the end of this month at the Texas State Railroad. We are considering making the trip up. Should be some awesome photo ops. Was this done for a special event?
Mirza_Cengic July 28, 2015
Very expressive!
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tetvet November 25, 2015
great shot, like the background nice detail . like the limited pallett
modelphotographic September 30, 2017
Thanks everyone!
Much appreciated.

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Behind The Lens

This photo was taken in my studio in Sydney.
It was taken at 2:55pm inside a blackened studio with studio strobes, after an hour of professional makeup. I always use this time to set my lights, balance the key light and side lighting and check all my settings on camera with a light meter to get my exposures just right.
I wanted this shot to look contoured and three dimensional to suit the steampunk theme, so I put a strong side light to simulate window lighting with an octabox key light to the right and above her to light her face and provide the shadows I wanted.
It was shot with a Canon 5D Mark III, an 85mm f/1.2 L II USM Canon Lens set at f/8, 1/125s shutter speed, ISO 100. The flashes were 3 Bowens Gemini 500 Studio strobes. One was a key light with a 1200mm octabox softbox, one side light with 1800mm x 300mm softbox, and one background blue light with barn doors.
The inspiration was definitely to shoot something steampunk. I was fascinated with the fantasy Victorian era meets steam driven technology theme. The model had made her own steampunk outfit and was into this kind of cosplay, so it was a great opportunity to shoot.
I used Lightroom to colour balance, fix contrast and do minor tweaks. Then I imported into Photoshop CS6 to enhance the background. The skin tone is always my biggest focus for portrait shots like this. I wanted the warm tanned look that the model and the lighting gave me in the studio, but since I shoot raw, this had to be re-created in the post-processing.
In my camera bag
I carry a backpack with my trusty Canon 5D Mark III, with a battery grip holding two batteries permanently attached so I can shoot all day and not have to worry about battery life. I love my Canon 85mm f/1.2 L II lens and use it for just about all my portrait work, but I also pack my Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II and my Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L as well so I have the full range of zoom available if needed, and I can pretty well guarantee they'll each get used over the day. Plus my Sekonic L-478DR LiteMaster Pro Light Meter is always in my bag along with 2 Canon 600EX RT flashes.
All you need is a great idea, something worth capturing. The rest is simple.

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