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I’ve created a web gallery of images of Stephanie at Pbase.com

These photos were created with the Olympus E-P2 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1.

http://www.pbase.com/digitaldan1/stephanie

Images are NSFW btw.

Attended a really cool meetup last night. For those of you aren’t familiar with the meetup concept, it’s one of those things that wouldn’t be possible without the affordances of the internet. Meetups give people of similar interests a way to connect with each other coordinate activities. There are many meetup groups on the web (check out http://www.meetup.com to see what’s in your area).

Last night I joined up with an established meetup organizer, Kat and her Fortress of Solitude studio in Northern Philadelphia. I was one of about a dozen photographers working with four models and some helpers to create painting with light and ghosting images. If you’re not familiar with these techniques, stay tuned. I’ll described the process in another post later today or tomorrow (Easter get together with the family may serve as a distraction). I’ll also be bouncing back and forth between blogs since many of the shots we made last night are NSFW and I’m trying to keep my MFT blog SFW at least in part because I’m using it as a teaching tool as well as a blog.

Photo information: (Left) L Lawless, Panasonic DMC-GF1, f16, 12 seconds, 100ISO, Olympus M.Zuiko 14-42 lens at 42mm, helpers standing behind waving rope lights, model also illuminated from the front via a studio strobe. (Model: L Lawless, http://www.modelmayhem.com/1451868)

(Right) Stephanie Beattie, Olympus E-P2, Panasonic 20mm 1.7, f16, 15 seconds, 200ISO, camera mounted on tripod, model illuminated by a low power video light (for video camera) and painted with a flashlight. (Model: Stephanie Beattie: http://www.modelmayhem.com/1190371)

My wife, Lisa, using the E-P2 with microphone adapter and stereo microphone.

I’ve created a second blog http://www.dansimonm43.wordpress.com to focus on my work with Micro Four Thirds cameras such as the Olympus E-P2 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1.

One reason for this second blog is as a teacher I often want to send my students to my blog, but am hesitant because of the subject matter I cover on this one (photographing nudes) and would prefer to have a separate blog that’s more appropriate for this audience. The other reason is that I’d like to specialize a bit on just this one type of camera and the photographic possibilities. I’m still going to try to post to this blog too.

 

A work of art

A work of art

Porsche and I got into the studio on Friday for the beginning of a long term mixed media project. While I’ll update this site on our progress, I’m keeping the nature of the project under wraps. You can try and figure out what we’re up do from my occasional update.

This shoot involved a concept I’ve used before, a beautiful model posed kneeling on mylar with paint drizzled on her body. The model then paints herself. 

Normally I choose the colors and distributions for these images, but since this is a much bigger project than usual, I wanted to get Porsche more involved in it (as an equal partner rather than just a subject of the photography). So for this image, I asked her to come up with a color scheme and ideas for how much of each color we should use. Her choices were red for anger, blue for sadness and yellow for happiness and she determined how much of each paint I drizzled on her. It was then up to her to move the paint around her body and create the final pattern. The combination of bright colors, dark background, reflective surface and engaging model combine to produce a compelling image.

Some comments on the technical side. This was a fairly simple lighting setup. I used an Alien Bees B1600 shot through a Photek Softlighter II (the big one) and used a pair of strobes bounced off my studio’s white ceiling for fill. Camera details were: Canon 40D, Sigma 28-300 lens, ISO 200, S/S 1/250 F13. One other thing to note, the mylar kicks a fair amount of light back up into shadow areas producing a nice, even exposure.

I chose not to use a background light because I wanted the effect of Porsche coming out of the darkness. Using a background light would have provided separation between her and the background. Was that the right decision? Well, I’m happy with the image, but you’re welcome to disagree with the choice.

I’ve only posted this image to my pbase galleries so far and my http://www.modelmayhem.com port, but I will be adding some others when I get the time. It’s been a busy couple of days and I’ve have some catching up to do as far as editing images from this shoot plus another shoot I did yesterday, plus I have some studying to do too.

My article on the Lens Baby wide angle and telephoto lens kit has been posted at http://www.brighthub.com. Here’s the link: http://www.brighthub.com/multimedia/photography/reviews/49766.aspx

I really liked these lenses and am quite pleased with the images I was able to create with them. Next month I plan on reviewing the company’s extreme wide angle lens, which is also a pretty cool optic.

Elephant at Museum of Natural History entrance

Elephant at Museum of Natural History entrance

This photo of the giant elephant in the main entryway to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History was made with the Lens Baby Composer and the extreme wide angle attachment.

 

Chlosyne Janais, a South American species

Chlosyne Janais, a South American species

While at the Museum of Natural History, we couldn’t resist checking out the butterfly exhibition. (http://www.butterflies.si.edu/). It was amazing! Butterflies were all over the place. In fact at times we were having to dodge them as they flew by us. Sometimes we’d even see one or two land on one of the visitors. Needless to say, the opportunity for some interesting photos was pretty good. Lens Baby provided me a set of macro diopters (close-up lenses) I’ll be writing about soon. I used the more powerful 10x with the telephoto add on lens to make this image of a South American butterfly getting ready to feed. Exposure details: ISO 200, 1/125th of a second, f4 aperture ring in the Composer, available light. The image has been cropped heavily (what you see in the final photo represents about 25% of the actual file. This still leaves me with a 6.2 mb file for 5 x 7.5 at 240 ppi, which is certainly capable of good quality prints if I need them.

Bad day

Bad day

While studio lights and portable strobes give the photographer full control over lighting, sometimes available light does the job just fine. Porsche wanted an image of her crying, and by a curious coincidence, I’d ordered liquid tears makeup because I’d been planning a similar shot with her in mind.

My studio is located in an old church in Southern New Jersey. When you enter the building from the side, there’s a stairway to the second floor which has a small landing and good sized window off to the side. Porsche thought the poor condition of the landing would help make the image even more lonely and sad and she was right.

All the light for this image is coming from the window to Porsche’s right with some light bouncing off the wall beside her to fill in the shadows. No artificial or supplemental lighting was used. It’s a simple but powerful shot thanks to great lighting, a beautiful model and a little makeup.


Lisa and I are in Washington, D.C. this weekend for some sightseeing and photography. I’m also reviewing the Lensbaby Wide Angle and Telephoto Lens Kit, Extreme Wide Angle Lens and macro lens kit for http://www.brighthub.com.

 

Ooh, the colors!

Ooh, the colors!

To all visitors, welcome to my new blog. It’s mainly about my photography and creative process, but I reserve the right to go off on the occasional tangent. Please feel to post comments or questions. I’ll try to respond if I can.

I was in the studio yesterday with one of my favorite models. She’s not comfortable with her photo being on the web, so this is the only image I’m posting from the shoot. I’ve played with the concept of drizzling finger and face paints on the naked body before with excellent results and will be working with this technique again since I’ve had several models ask me to do similar shots for them. 

Lighting consisted of an Alien Bees B1600 fired through a Photek Softlighter II (the big one) plus an Alien Bees B400 and Medialight both bounced off the white ceiling in my studio.