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She basks

To practice and improve how I shoot I do what people call test shoots, and these end up being part of my portfolio (if I ever do get there). This was one such shoot where I decided to leave the confines of a studio and shoot with studio strobes and natural light. Boy was it challenging, but I learnt a lot and hope do some more shooting outside. The trick is to balance light and I am sorry to say, you have to understand the technical aspects of photography (zzzzzzzzzz) and the measurement of light. I am going to be buying a light metre to get near perfect readings next time. The light measurements were done by the camera and by eye.

Heres a question, what sort of photographer do you think I am? or how would you explain my work? If somebody asked you what type of photography do I shoot, what would you say? Can you tell anything about my personality from my work?

Seriously curious to know your thoughts on moi and this image  :)

She basks

To practice and improve how I shoot I do what people call test shoots, and these end up being part of my portfolio (if I ever do get there). This was one such shoot where I decided to leave the confines of a studio and shoot with studio strobes and natural light. Boy was it challenging, but I learnt a lot and hope do some more shooting outside. The trick is to balance light and I am sorry to say, you have to understand the technical aspects of photography (zzzzzzzzzz) and the measurement of light. I am going to be buying a light metre to get near perfect readings next time. The light measurements were done by the camera and by eye.

Heres a question, what sort of photographer do you think I am? or how would you explain my work? If somebody asked you what type of photography do I shoot, what would you say? Can you tell anything about my personality from my work?

Seriously curious to know your thoughts on moi and this image  :)

comments (16)

  • Selz
  • Europe
  • 16 Jun 2009, 09:57
I like a lot. Very rich.
She appears to not havea a single care in the world right now, and the natural environment enhances that feeling.

I like your photographic style! Difficult to box you in with a particular style - anything but mundane, I guess:
Creative, Experimental, Explorative!!! The way photography should be IMHO. You are able to turn the science into true art...
sk: Thanks Sele that was nice to hear, I pray I can continue to develop
Not a fan of this particular shot. Actually wish the model was NOT in this capture. She actually subtracts from this image. Pose is off, Know u have better images from this shoot.

Nothing wrong measurements of light with the eye or camera, have a lightmeter that we dont use all the time (although we use when we deem important)
sk: Dude I totally disagree but thanks for the comment, it is appreciated as always, I think this one is a matter of opinion.
What type of lightmeter do you have? was thinking of getting one soon
  • rem_la
  • France
  • 16 Jun 2009, 12:33
c'est vraiment superbe !
sk: Thanks
I love the overall composition, model included smilesmile and ur green tones are gorgeous. I would describe ur work as a bit of high fashion with a slight exotic edge, and a dash of realism. But, I do suspect a Lachapelle (ist) tendency if you ever did decide to go fully commercially smile

Surprised that u guys hardly or rarely use a light meter for ur studio and outdoor flash stuff, not only does it facilitate a faster work flow, but eliminates the need for guesstimations.
sk: Thanks Fotografa, I am learning to use a light meter these days
can you recommend a good one thats not too expensive
  • DrAW!
  • United States
  • 16 Jun 2009, 14:58
lovely shot

i can't help feeling that the model is a little overexposed...probably what you were gunning for eh?
sk: thanks Draw, yes a bit overexposed
creative, inventive and very accomplished my friendsmile Superb work.
sk: Thanks Tim, nice to hear
and totally disagree with S&Ssmile
sk: HEHEHE yes so do I
  • temi
  • United States
  • 16 Jun 2009, 19:15
Love it! The overexposure is perfect, it takes away the distracting details of the model and makes the photo all about what she's feeling.
sk: Thanks Temi
I think you need an assistant in these your shoots.....(whistle)
sk: LOL yes I do need an assistant, its a lot of work. Lately I've got one or two people who help on the day, it really helps
Of course that's a compliment to you Sir. Your art is now coming out. I think the only thing I will question is the title. In asking that I am not saying it is titled wrongly but I question it's interpretation. I kinda think it's very contrived.

Remember it's my humble opinion, one of many, it's your work and it should remain yours.
sk: Hey Jide your opinion is very welcome here, and yes I agree the title is not very good. I uploaded the image and lazily slapped on a title. wwhen are u back? I am waiting to see some amazing shots
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 16 Jun 2009, 20:44
Don't particularly like the pose of the model, but as they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Beautiful setting though.

Your style: creative and edgy
sk: Thanks Zed, nice to hear
  • Frank
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Jun 2009, 22:23
I like the contrasting textures of the model and the gnarled old tree.

As for kind of photographer - you never cease to surprise me with new talent Adé; it's hard to pin down a moving target.

Category of 'awesome' maybe?
sk: LOL Thanks Frank
I asm not sure this image is representative of how I see you or your personality having seen your other work.

You clearly have an eye for the creative and look to push the envelope on what is already out there.

Not sure what's behind her... is she a fallen angel? What is that?? Broken wings?

Her pose is made unflattering from her dress setup in my opinion.

But overall I really like it.....

I left it for an hour and came back...

cheers
Rob
sk: Thanks a lot Rob, I do agree about the dress.
and yes its a broken wing
This is the last image from a series of images about a girl who is beginning to grow wings
dunno bout anybody else...but i get the title....u were going from the angle of her basking in the 'glow'....right???
  • tetsu
  • Japan
  • 18 Jun 2009, 07:17
Is she elf??? :-P
It's sometimes hard to tell which photographer someone is.
For instance I like to photograph all kind of subjects. To me the categories like "portrait", "landscape", "urban", ... are pretty stupid to judge someone.

I like to categorize the following way:
people who
- TAKE images (just press the shutter, hopefully at the right moment)
- MAKE images (press the shutter but do processing, like using flash lights, wait for the right light, use photoshop or darkroom techniques to create a stunning image of the shot picture(s))
- CREATE images (is for people who see the image in their head and do all the necessary preparations and production stuff to obtain that image).

Personally, I'm in the stage of "making images". I think you are in the more advanced "creating images" stage.
sk: thanks Paul, yes I see too many things in my head, hence I have to throw them down on print. I liked to photograph everything and anything as well, but I think people really intrigued me ......... maybe I should try landscapes again

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