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Exceptional Contrast
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chocovoices
 
chocovoices March 01, 2014
fartistiko fantastiko
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta April 21, 2014
Superb mono image with lovely lighting. Congratulations.
BigFellaDave
 
BigFellaDave April 21, 2014
utterly superb, never seen an image like this before, bravo!
catini
 
catini April 21, 2014
Great light and pose, congrats on your feature!
GJUNIORPHOTOGRAPHY
 
GJUNIORPHOTOGRAPHY April 21, 2014
Congrats great shot
WileKyK Platinum
 
WileKyK April 21, 2014
Stunning image. Congratulations on your Feature!
jchryan
 
jchryan April 21, 2014
Incredible!
iceman2
 
iceman2 April 21, 2014
Excellent lighting in this beautiful B&W capture.Congrats!
Lagius PRO+
 
Lagius April 21, 2014
fantastic pose light.
Biata
 
Biata April 21, 2014
Amazing capture, great use of light, congratulations!
akhtarkhan
 
akhtarkhan April 21, 2014
Very acrobatic position, fantastic light, wonderful composition and amazing view point. Excellent B&W work. Congrats on the feature.
Octo
 
Octo April 21, 2014
bravo
lovelife PRO+
 
lovelife April 21, 2014
Delicious :)
devke
 
devke April 21, 2014
great pose and lightning, love the low key photography
changezi
 
changezi April 21, 2014
beutiful lighting
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 April 21, 2014
amazing shot, Congrats! :)
Juliamclean PRO
 
Juliamclean April 21, 2014
Congratulations!
meshersmith
 
meshersmith April 21, 2014
Congrats on your deserved Feature, gorgeous shot !
AndreaE
 
AndreaE April 21, 2014
Fantastic shot! Congrats on your Feature!
mohamedsaleh
 
mohamedsaleh April 21, 2014
amazing
HaliSowle Platinum
 
HaliSowle April 21, 2014
Totally fabulous! What a great idea, light and shot.
Jadu
 
Jadu April 21, 2014
Amazing
amuschik PRO+
 
amuschik April 21, 2014
nice. Congratulations!
eladiogomes
 
eladiogomes April 21, 2014
Fantastic, amazing shot!
HomaNajjarian
 
HomaNajjarian April 21, 2014
WoW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ingridapril
 
ingridapril April 22, 2014
love it!
BobbyM
 
BobbyM April 22, 2014
Niiiiiiice!!!
danielmartin
 
danielmartin April 22, 2014
Fantastic lights!!!! Love it!
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita April 22, 2014
amazing capture...congrats on the Feature!
tinekeziemer
 
tinekeziemer April 22, 2014
Incredible!
feistyvolk
 
feistyvolk April 22, 2014
Such amazing lighting and lines!
sincityyyy
 
sincityyyy April 24, 2014
Fantastic composition... killer lighting... LOVE IT...
lanceprojects
 
lanceprojects April 26, 2014
This is really a remarkable picture - it deserves every possible kind of accolade. Well Done!
DAPhotography
 
DAPhotography April 26, 2014
Nicely done. Congrats!
slagtersven
 
slagtersven April 29, 2014
Cool
BrianBasson PRO+
 
BrianBasson April 30, 2014
A really impressive bit of photography. Congrats with your feature.
stevewilliams_6041
 
stevewilliams_6041 May 09, 2014
Wow great shot, well done.
CrownAutofocusPhotography
 
im inlove with the lighting. great exposure of the muscle contours.
hugh
 
hugh May 15, 2014
ouch
Timbo
 
Timbo May 18, 2014
Simply outstanding.....awarded
AymanSaadedin
 
AymanSaadedin June 10, 2014
terrific work (Y) congrats! :)
Rl1956 PRO+
 
Rl1956 June 10, 2014
nice image, congrats
dwelch1432 PRO
 
dwelch1432 June 10, 2014
just beautiful
ArtQ
 
ArtQ June 11, 2014
Congrats on your finalist award.
michaeltillman Platinum
 
michaeltillman July 07, 2014
This is fantastic. Great shot, and even better pose.
beyond_the_prism PRO+
 
beyond_the_prism August 01, 2014
Absolutely stunning! I love the soft light and tones on the skin. Great work here!
mdadams
 
mdadams August 08, 2014
Beautiful lighting. Adds great depth to the image.
BrunoHeeb PRO
 
BrunoHeeb January 01, 2015
all-time favorite,got my vote
giovannividotto
 
giovannividotto January 13, 2015
Well done! Love the light...
patticarol PRO+
 
patticarol January 29, 2015
lighting perfect!
saptakjoy
 
saptakjoy February 12, 2015
Awesome shot........
Excellent creativity!!!
pauljackson_4080 Ultimate
 
pauljackson_4080 February 14, 2015
fabulous picture
jimjarrell
 
jimjarrell February 18, 2015
just fantastic light, form, and tension.
sparesh
 
sparesh March 06, 2015
Excellent use of light. Superb shot.
ghphotouk PRO+
 
ghphotouk March 11, 2015
WORK OF ART- stunning, even the finger placement is perfect, fantastic light, perfect crop, well done and thank you for sharing
parasneta
 
parasneta March 19, 2015
amazing capture
ashleysowter Platinum
 
ashleysowter April 05, 2015
Superb lighting and pose
sakhile
 
sakhile April 11, 2015
outstanding
devangshah
 
devangshah May 07, 2015
Stunni9ng.
prolayhazra
 
prolayhazra May 09, 2015
Wonderful shot with light & shadow
lynare
 
lynare July 29, 2015
amazing phototure!
mmunksgard PRO+
 
mmunksgard August 21, 2015
Beautiful lines and lighting.
nalylo
 
nalylo September 12, 2015
amazing lighting and your model is stunning!
Angel1957
 
Angel1957 September 21, 2015
Strong image: Nice work!
rinavance
 
rinavance September 21, 2015
Wonderful shot!!
jvillainc Platinum
 
jvillainc May 13, 2016
Congratulations on your photo! Truly Awesome!
Grassquit
 
Grassquit May 29, 2016
Stunning work
happi55
 
happi55 November 04, 2016
I love this on the whole and is an inspiration to me.
bathsalt
 
bathsalt February 24, 2017
Amazing photo!!
vitor Platinum
 
vitor April 19, 2017
Fantastic!
NiaWolf
 
NiaWolf December 11, 2017
Great photo!
ramon_santana_sanchez
 
ramon_santana_sanchez January 06, 2020
Love this image. Great work.
ramon_santana_sanchez
 
ramon_santana_sanchez January 06, 2020
Find my challenge The split, if you want to. I'll be glad if this photo will be on it.
bryankhensley Platinum
 
bryankhensley Jan 14
Fantastic shot

Behind The Lens

Location
I took this in the studio at the Utah Valley University where I graduated in 2012 with a degree in illustration.
Time
I believe I shot this in the evening after classes and after work. I was using a lot of models then who would shoot for me for free, so it was critical to make the schedule convenient for them.
Lighting
The whole exercise of this shoot was to experiment with dramatic light. Here I kept things pretty simple. She was sitting on the varnished concrete floor and in post-production I recognized that the floor was really not important. I loved the way the light was describing the forms on her foreshortened arms and wanted emphasis to remain there.
Equipment
I used Profoto strobes and a Canon t3i. I almost never use a tripod and there wasn't any fill required since I wanted the shadows to go all the way to black.
Inspiration
I invited this gymnast to the studio to get a certain editorial look that I had seen before. The main shot from this shoot was featured in Popular Photography a couple of years ago. After getting that shot, I wanted to play with the light and we did a number of poses with her demonstrating her skills. I moved the lights around several times to try different looks and when you have a great subject to shoot, the photos seem to always work out nicely.
Editing
I believe that great photos happen (with exceptions of course) when a great image is captured in-camera, and great post-production is applied. The most drastic change I made in post was to black out the ground and the black paper I shot her on. I wanted to isolate the forms and let them pop out of the blackness.
In my camera bag
I keep things simple. I've used all kinds of gear and I've found that if I just have a decent camera and a 50mm prime lens I'm good to go in most cases. I have a 17-40mm f4 for when I want to do environmental portraits. I have a radio trigger in there all the time so if I need to pull out some strobes I'm not hunting for the trigger. That's about it! I recently bought a Sony a7sii and while it took some time to get used to the quirks, it's a really powerful camera that makes crisp images with great dynamic range, and great low-light quality. I do some video work as well, and it's designed to perform for film. Most of the work on my website was shot on a t3i, or a 6D.
Feedback
If you want to get this look, it's important to maximize the contrast between the light source and the shadow areas. The shiny quality on her skin is a result of using highly specular light--in other words, not diffused. Using bare strobes produces light that is highly directional, bouncing around much less in the environment, so you won't get as much unintentional spill and fill. The shadows become dark and crisp. Get yourself some talent that has a great look, a real skill and an excitement to have it photographed. One of the mistakes photographers make, in my opinion, is getting models who are really good-looking, and trying to get them to pretend to have a skill like gymnastics, or weightlifting, or horseback riding, etc. Real people with real skills bring something extra to the shoot, and it shows when a model doesn't really know how to do yoga, or archery, etc.

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