Saturday 29 March 2014

Miami Vice Part 1 (Chilli Rating - Two Chillies)


This is the second of the three shoots that I did whilst in Miami.
The model is a full time professional glamour and nude model and who goes by the name of L.Shima.  This is her [website.] <-- click link

Shooting Shima was a lot of fun, she is constantly on the move and never needed any direction. Sometimes it was actually difficult to catch the perfect shot since the poses weren't static and often I wasn't quick enough to grab the shot at the right time.  But it certainly produced the type of images I was looking for in terms of energy.

This was a 3 hour shoot so I decided to divide it into two parts.  Firstly a high energy glamour shoot and then an artistic nude shoot. 

 For the glamour shots I wanted the images to be fun and energetic with a high contrast between shadows and highlights.    I used a single light source with a 7inch reflector positioned about 3 feet above the camera and slightly to the right.  This light setup creates a tight transition between the highlights that are in the centre of the body part and the harder shadows on the edges.  I used a little dodge and burn to accentuate them even more.

92mm 1/60 (Tripod), F4.5, ISO 250

For the next series of nudes I chose to soften up the lighting and used the 2x3 soft box.   The light was slightly off to camera right.

50mm (cropped), 1/50 sec (tripod), F5.6, ISO 500.

55m (cropped), 1/125, F4, ISO 100

60mm, 1/80 sec, F4, ISO 800

For the next set of Art nude shots I needed a high contrast light setup.  Instead of achieving the contrast by the use of a small light source, I used a 2x3 soft box which was positioned on the opposite side of Shima than my camera.   This created a silhouette effect on the side of her body that was closest to the camera which contrasted with the bright highlight. 

97mm, 1/200 sec, F5.6, ISO 100

45mm, 1/200 sec, F5.6, ISO 100

32mm, 1/200 sec, F5.6, ISO 100

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