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DShewmaker
 
DShewmaker March 26, 2016
Super stuff. I would have had to name him "the golum"
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots April 08, 2016
Awesome job! Congrats.
ferynovianto
 
ferynovianto July 02, 2016
very creative. also in 1x.com
davidscales
 
davidscales August 01, 2016
Very interesting! He reminds me of Kratos from God of War.
koalblack
 
koalblack September 03, 2016
Wonderful job. A limited DoF works fine here, and I love the model's expression the most.
Bipz-Photography
 
Bipz-Photography November 08, 2016
Excellent creativity !!!
DesmetPat
 
DesmetPat January 19, 2017
Well done !!
alejandrovegaortiz
 
alejandrovegaortiz January 25, 2017
awesome
derek_period
 
derek_period February 27, 2017
This is a breath of fresh air
StephenLittlePhotography PRO
 
StephenLittlePhotography March 07, 2017
Amazing
Mursadur_Rahman_Akash
 
Mursadur_Rahman_Akash March 27, 2017
Congratulations work
212Boudoir PRO
 
212Boudoir April 14, 2017
terrific image. superbly done
garycoppin
 
garycoppin April 16, 2017
wow
adavies PRO
 
adavies August 17, 2017
Great image! If you haven't done so already, please consider joining my Make a Mess portrait challenge:)
https:// viewbug.com/challenge/make-a-mess-no-nudes-photo-challenge-by-adavies
Eli171 Premium
 
Eli171 September 17, 2017
Awesome shot amazing creativity
renaventimiglia
 
renaventimiglia February 23, 2018
Looks like a Tom Waits song.
nanetteankerlarsen
 
nanetteankerlarsen March 16, 2018
voted for this image in the male-portraits-photo-contest

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Behind The Lens

Location
This is one from a series shot in studio, in Victoria, Canada. The whole series is about two male characters - one sad, gloomy, with skin cracking - this guy. Another character had a very colourful body paint, and was the total opposite. Browse my images to see these duo shots. The model here is pro arts model Michael Ward. He is painted with sculpting clay, and photographed while the clay dried (imagine the mess in the studio!) Michael is real master of creating moods through expression and body language.
Time
The session was photographed using strobes in darkened studio, so time of day is relevant. I think it was around noon.
Lighting
I used three strobes with softboxes - two equipped with honeycomb for a more precise light distribution, and one for basckground lighting . But this could be achieved with different lighting too - not a very difficult setup.
Equipment
Equipment? Nikon D800 with zoom lens 24-70 f2.8. Lighting I just mentioned above...
Inspiration
I am an art photographer with over 40 years of experience. I am constantly searching for new ideas, ways of expression. Working with Michael was my most creative period in life, I think. We created many totally different works, most of them winning international awards at various photo salons. If you browse my images here, you may find many with Michael, such as the Dentist, Anatomy Lesson, and others - images which I believe are significantly better (although less popular on viewBug for some reason) than this one. I hope you'll enjoy...
Editing
Post processing is very impoertant for me, although this image did not have too much of it. Basically, image was cropped, and darkened in corners a bit. Colours were reduced to almost black and white (holding about 20% of colour information). And - that was it. A simple image - at least comparing to many of my other works.
In my camera bag
I do have several bags, depending on what kind of shoot I do. But my main bag usually holds Nikon D800, 3 or 4 lenses (24-70, 20mm, 14mm, 105mm. Release cable, CPL filter ND filters, spare batteries, and so on. Surely, for this shot many of these extras were not required.
Feedback
Come up with the idea, and try to decide about every detail ahead. Lighting, background, light separation from the background, interaction of models, and so on. When you shoot - you simply know already how to set the stage, and you are ready to direct your models and MUA. But have eyes open for unexpected moments - sometimes it pays to explore an unexpected situation, pose. To be open, creative, and let the situation play itself.

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