Double Success

Last night we received the results of the second round on the 1026 Hutt Camera Club Ladder competition. The set topic was “hidden” and I had entered one image from my shoot with Wellington, and a second image shot specifically for the competition. I was really happy when it was announced that my first image received a “honours” but absolutely over the moon when the second one got the same mark.

Hidden in the Light
Hidden in the Light
Veiled
Veiled

Saturday afternoon at the racecourse

Cheyenne is an Upper Hutt model who posted on Facebook that she wanted to update her portfolio. We met and agreed to do two shoots. The first was a location fashion shoot which we decided would be in the grounds of Trentham Racecourse.

Now location shooting is okay but it has a major drawback that you are reliant on the weather gods playing ball. All through the week the forecasts had not been promising with rain and strong winds predicted.

I knew that the racecourse did provide opportunities for shelter should be rain arrive. Fortunately it did not and we were able to use a number of locations for different looks.

While most of the shots were natural light I did try out my new Lume Cube aimed at a golden reflector to try to introduce some golden light into the images.

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I loved how the tones of Cheyenne’s top matched in with the autumn leaves. The Lume Cube was aimed at a large reflector to give the slightest hint of natural light.
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We shot this image against the sky which caused the metering to fail completely. Using bare flash however was giving a much too hard light so I used by hand as a bunch on top of the flash.

Chy had asked if she could bring along a friend. Now I know lots of photographers do not allow this but I have no problems. Hine was a really good sort and found it very amusing when I said that she had an important role as a Voice Activated Light Stand (VALS).

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A change of costume and a different location for a different look. In this case lighting  was mainly flash using a shoot through umbrella. 
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If you tag along to a shoot in full makeup then you can expect that I will get you in front of the camera as well.Fortunately Hine didn’t seem to mind.

Sunday night group shoot

If you have looked around my portfolio you will see that I mainly shoot models one at a time, but occasionally I like the challenge of shooting a group. Last Sunday’s shoot was one such occasion.

I had met Stacey a couple of years ago and when she posted on Facebook that she wanted to update her profile and try a few things we met up and set up a time. She then recruited two friends to come along.

Now Stacey is very confident in front of the camera, her friend were not, and in fact Kari told me that she hated most pictures that were taken of her. That certainly presented a challenge but by the end of the evening I think I had not only risen to the challenge but had overcome it.

The shoot took place in a studio in Upper Hutt with the main lighting coming from my Westcott 7 foot parabolic umbrella. The more I use this light the more that I love it.

Stacey wanted some low light silhouettes so we started with those.
Stacey wanted some low light silhouettes so we started with those.
We moved a leather couch onto the set and used that. Kari (rear) quite liked this set up as she could effectively hide.
We moved a leather couch onto the set and used that. Kari (rear) quite liked this set up as she could effectively hide.
The girls outfits immediately brought to mind the old cartoons with the angel and demon conscious.
The girls outfits immediately brought to mind the old cartoons with the angel and demon conscious.
Jaica rocking a simple length of fabric aided with a large fan
Jaica rocking a simple length of fabric aided with a large fan
Kari in rich velvet fabric
Kari in rich velvet fabric
Stacey having fun with the red metallic fabric
Stacey having fun with the red metallic fabric

Playing with light (NSFW)

A couple of weeks ago I did an interesting shoot with a model by the name of Wellington. She wanted to do a series that involved clocks so I suggested the ideal of cooks and gears projected on the body.

She loved the idea and we set it up at a local studio that had a large room. I obtained a series of images and we used a data projector to project the images onto her. The camera was set on a tripod and the only light came from the projector.

I was quite pleased with how the session went.

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