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Elaine Ford.. shot in studio, using Lightblaster for background image. very basic mono conversion .. that all.. its that easy.. ...
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Elaine Ford.. shot in studio, using Lightblaster for background image. very basic mono conversion .. that all.. its that easy..
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Contest Finalist in Fashion Photo Contest
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28 Comments | Report
Vince542 Premium
 
Vince542 May 27, 2015
Absolutely splendid, I love the Zebra colors my football team colors in Italy Juventus!!! Thanks for sharing
patschuver
 
patschuver May 28, 2015
Sophisticated!
Rtist4u
 
Rtist4u June 11, 2015
I wish she wasn't wearing anything up top--just the hat & the socks. But well done none-the-less! LOVE, love, love the lighting! (Should have taken out those few hairs on her left --our right--shoulder!) Nice effect.
tammyswarek
 
tammyswarek June 18, 2015
Love!!!
Capture-Life
 
Capture-Life June 19, 2015
LOOOVE this.. I've got SOO many pairs of fun silly knee high socks! bahahahaha.. right up my alley! forever posting my socks!! ❤
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots June 22, 2015
Great composition and capture! Congrats.
CasaBay_Photo PRO+
 
CasaBay_Photo July 01, 2015
this is such a beautiful image ;) Well Done!
seanbeagles
 
seanbeagles July 15, 2015
Excellent shot, I love the contrast on the hat and socks
BrunoHeeb PRO
 
BrunoHeeb August 11, 2015
incredible shot ,got my vote
rinkarnatz PRO
 
rinkarnatz September 16, 2015
I love stripes! And I love this image even more!
Mirza_Cengic
 
Mirza_Cengic September 21, 2015
Excellent b&w shot and photo.
JulianneBradford
 
JulianneBradford October 26, 2015
Terrific! Congrats!
pietnel
 
pietnel June 26, 2016
Love it brilliant image
MuradMastrouk
 
MuradMastrouk July 08, 2016
speechless
daveburrows_1297
 
daveburrows_1297 July 22, 2016
Love the use of black & white, light & patterns ...
hansjkrahtz
 
hansjkrahtz August 04, 2016
Awesome. Creative. Great Work. Love it! Thanks for sharing.
roelraadsen
 
roelraadsen August 04, 2016
Excellent composition! Original. SUPER.
mariejeannedeclerck PRO+
 
mariejeannedeclerck August 09, 2016
Exellent. I love this light, everuthing!
Witmar
 
Witmar August 23, 2016
amazing shot
sildsa
 
sildsa November 10, 2016
Patterns do shine in this beautiful b&w crop. Nice work!
Breezer
 
Breezer November 16, 2016
Everything about this shot is amazing and original. Mu eye was drawn straight to thid photo only. Excellent. I am very envious and wish it was. shot by me....... Maybe one day i will be this good & if not, i am sure to have fun trying.
MarilynB
 
MarilynB November 17, 2016
Fabulous!
piratessoul
 
piratessoul November 23, 2016
Dr.Seuss meets Charlie Brown!
SchnellSabine
 
SchnellSabine February 16, 2017
Nice job!
Lesabre1954 PRO+
 
Lesabre1954 September 09, 2017
A truly awesome photo!
beckyreding PRO+
 
beckyreding December 02, 2017
WOW
mihrt
 
mihrt December 02, 2017
Congrats on your awards..so deserved. Excellent intent!
Hood PRO+
 
Hood Nov 04
Brilliant b&w

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Behind The Lens

Location
In my studio space (in reality a friends hotel, i get to use one of their function rooms if they arent busy) .. white vinyl backdrop as a background,
Time
We had a half day shoot.. trying out a few different ideas (this being one of them).. i think this was one of the later ideas that we tried..
Lighting
For this shot I used a "Lightblaster" to project the chequered background not the white vinyl. The Light blaster uses a standard camera lens (24mm-70mm on this @24mm) . In front i used a Elinchrom quadra in a octabox as the key light. with a speedlight lower down to project some fill light into the shadows. All quite simple really.
Equipment
Canon 1Dx on this image, i think it was new to me so i used there, i would normally use a 5D mk3 for studio work. I used the 70-200mm f2.8 lens at 100mm - which is one of my favourite focal distances to shoot portraits.
Inspiration
I had seen an idea on another site somewhere which i wanted to try - but i wanted to make it my own so changed the styling a bit and i knew the Lightblaster could give me a very different background so just worked on this with a few other poses and this one just came about as part of the shoot.. i think thats the nature of shoots - you get inspiration from other images - then when you come to a shoot you create your own loosely based on the idea.. it evolves.
Editing
a bit of work on skin, mono conversion and this particular one a tighter crop - boosting contrast to get the black as bold as i could. All done via lightroom and then photoshop.
In my camera bag
Mainly Canon gear, bodies and a range of lenses, and speed lights, Elinchrom quadra flash, triggered with pocket wizards.. i try not to take too much if i can help it..
Feedback
Experiment - try different lighting ideas - get some bold clothing / styling.. look for some mystery in the posing.. rather than straight face on shots.. keep things simple and don't be frightened to go in close - cropping in tight has made this image ... the wider shot is popular but this one gets the most comments..

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