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Dressed in elements - water
Water was thrown at the model, holding the same pose over some time. Several shots were combined later. As one intuitively clo...
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Dressed in elements - water
Water was thrown at the model, holding the same pose over some time. Several shots were combined later. As one intuitively closes the eyes when hit by water, the face was taken from a dry shot.
Model: Leo Johanna (Mayhem # 775409)
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Winner in Manipulated Images Photo Challenge
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Submitted to Photo Contests

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Playing With Water Photo ContestTop 20 class
Water And The Night Photo ContestTop 30 class
Water And The Night Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
People And Water Photo Contest 2017Top 30 class
People And Water Photo Contest 2017Top 30 class week 3
People And Water Photo Contest 2017Top 30 class week 2
Post Editing Magic Photo ContestTop 30 class
Post Editing Magic Photo ContestTop 30 class week 1
People And Water Photo Contest 2017Top 20 class week 1
Perfect Casting Photo ContestTop 30 class
Perfect Casting Photo ContestTop 20 class week 2
Perfect Casting Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Love That Dress Photo ContestTop 30 class
Monthly Pro Vol 35 Photo ContestTop 30 class week 2
Monthly Pro Vol 35 Photo ContestTop 30 class week 1
Splash Photo ContestTop 10 class

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Behind The Lens

Location
This was one of my first shoots with a model, back in 2013. As I had no studio back then, this shot was taken in our garden. A friend assisted with the water.
Time
The series was taken in the evening, around sunset at the end of the summer.
Lighting
The scene was lit by two Godox QT600, overpowering the remaining ambient light. The water was frozen by flash duration, not exposure time. The model had to hold the same pose for numerous shots, while water was thrown at her. She (Leo Johanna, Model Mayhem # 775409) did a great job, but was getting quite cold. If you look closely, you can see that only part of her body shows goose bumps, whereas those parts that were photographed earlier do not.
Equipment
As a camera I used a Nikon D800 with a Nikon 85mm on a sturdy tripod with a radio trigger to fire the two Godox QT600.
Inspiration
Years earlier, I saw an advertisement with the model Gisele Bundchen in a water dress. I had no idea how it was done (and still don't), but I thought that it should be possible to create this from numerous shots. Around that time, AurumLight studio (Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz) published wonderful milk dresses, check them out: aurumlight.com. This shot is the first in the series, "dressed in...", where clothing is replaced with water, sand, smoke, leaves, flower petals, etc.
Editing
Lots of post processing... Several layers were superimposed, masked, liquified. It was my first big Photoshop project and took me forever!
In my camera bag
Depends a lot on circumstances, but my standard pack would be a Nikon D800 with Nikon 85mm 1.8, Tamron 24-70mm, Tamron 70-200mm. Further radio-triggers for flashes, remote triggers, batteries, model releases. As compact flashes I use Yongnuo 560III or Godox TT600. If I need more power on location I go for Jinbei HD600.
Feedback
Make sure you shoot entirely manual in order to have identical exposure and focus in all shots. Take your time explaining your model the procedure and make sure she remains in the same pose at the same position, you may want to put a marker down. For a more relaxed facial expression, take a few "dry shots", as your model will probably blink when the water hits her. Make her feel at ease and try to keep her warm. Have fun! On the side: We started that evening with a flour shoot at the same spot. If you look carefully, you can still see some flour on her forehead and hair...

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