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Trying Some New Stuff With My Friend Hannah

 
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Jul 28, 2011 22:52 |  #1

Hannah and her mom were a troopers getting out in 105 heat index weather to let me try a few new things. The humidity was a killer but the chance to experiment was very rewarding.

1. We liked the old door so did a few shots there. Elinchrom Ranger with large softbox camera left.

IMAGE: http://www.ks-images.com/POTN/042/IMG_6491.jpg

2. I have been wanting to play around with my Singh-Ray Vari ND filter for some portrait stuff so this was a good opportunity. Mom held a scrim to put her in a shadow, Ranger and softbox camera right. 5D Mk II, 135 f/2 lens shot at ISO 100 f/2.8 1/160. Without the ND, background was f/11 - 13. Very nice to be able to shoot with strobes at f/2.8 in full sun.

IMAGE: http://www.ks-images.com/POTN/042/IMG_6529.jpg

3. Same setup as #2 just a wider shot.

IMAGE: http://www.ks-images.com/POTN/042/IMG_6534.jpg

4. Switched the ND filter to 85 f/1.8 but shot at f/2.8 again. Ranger and large softbox was camera left this time. Without ND filter background was f/10-11.

IMAGE: http://www.ks-images.com/POTN/042/IMG_6547.jpg

5. Same setup as #4 just different crop. Yes, she does have a normal left had. I was the idiot that said, "Put it on the corner of the bridge" making her look like the victim of a farming accident.

IMAGE: http://www.ks-images.com/POTN/042/IMG_6556.jpg

6. Shots 4 and 5 were outside a covered bridge near where we live. We moved inside the bridge and played around with some different lighting setups. This was Ranger with 20 degree grid high, right and behind her, Ranger with big softbox camera left for fill and mom holding a bare 580 EX II left and behind her for a rim light. 1/160, ISO 100, 85 f/1.8 at f/11.

IMAGE: http://www.ks-images.com/POTN/042/IMG_6591.jpg

7. Ranger and large softbox camera left with mom holding the 580 right and back for rim. 85 f/1.8, ISO 100, f/8

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8. Ranger and large softbox almost overhead with mom and the 580 behind her. 85 f/1.8, ISO 100, f/8

IMAGE: http://www.ks-images.com/POTN/042/IMG_6649.jpg

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Jul 28, 2011 23:22 |  #2

these are all great, for different reasons. my fav is the second one, simple, natural, great pic. I love the sixth one, the b&w full length, but her expression isn't bang on. you do really nice work!!


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Jul 28, 2011 23:24 |  #3

I'm contemplating selling the Xbox and picking up the Vari ND. You're shots are making my decision a little easier. Very nice set and pretty model.


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Jul 28, 2011 23:56 |  #4

suecassidy wrote in post #12841104 (external link)
these are all great, for different reasons. my fav is the second one, simple, natural, great pic. I love the sixth one, the b&w full length, but her expression isn't bang on. you do really nice work!!

Thanks, Sue. I have a couple other shots like six with a better expression I am going to work on as well. That is my only issue with that image as well. I picked that one mainly because of the way the light hits her left jaw and how crazy sharp it is at full resolution. Thanks for the feedback and confirmation that the expression is the negative of that image.

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I'm contemplating selling the Xbox and picking up the Vari ND. You're shots are making my decision a little easier. Very nice set and pretty model.

It sure is a nice accessory. The extra expense for the Singh-Ray is worth it. Others I have used just don't compare. The biggest challenge is getting the AF to actually work through the darkness. The shallow DOF is a challenge anyway without the AF missing as well. I look forward to more experimenting.


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Jul 29, 2011 06:27 |  #5

suecassidy wrote in post #12841104 (external link)
these are all great, for different reasons. my fav is the second one, simple, natural, great pic.

Agree, but 7 really stands out for me as well. The quality of light on her is mesmerizing.

She could really benefit with some light patch tool work on her skin. Her chin and the bags under her eyes need to be cleaned up.

Nice work.

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Jul 29, 2011 08:01 |  #6

Keep up with the new stuff. It's working!


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Jul 29, 2011 09:10 |  #7

Nice set! I like 7, but i think it would have been better if she was looking at the guitar and had a pic in her hand playing.


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Jul 29, 2011 09:13 |  #8

2,3,5 are my faves. Good job. As far as the lighting on her, she seem to blend it with the background. I would have personally slightly increase the exposure on her.

At what stop did you use on the VND? I'm guessing it was somewhere around 8 stop?


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Jul 29, 2011 17:15 |  #9

Thanks everyone for the feedback. Always appreciated.

charro callado wrote in post #12842066 (external link)
She could really benefit with some light patch tool work on her skin. Her chin and the bags under her eyes need to be cleaned up.

I did some basic touch ups on a few of them but am waiting to hear back from her on her favorites. I agree, some additional processing would be a big plus.

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At what stop did you use on the VND? I'm guessing it was somewhere around 8 stop?

I would say it was probably closer to 4 to 4 2/3. I set everything up metering without the ND then adjusted it by the histogram to get to f/2.8. I shoot manual in variable light so much that I can normally get pretty close using the info from the camera. I do agree with you and would liked to have had her a bit brighter than the background. Something to work on next time out.


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Jul 29, 2011 19:08 |  #10

great set. i like #4 i love the simple stand up portrait for some reason. nice lighting in all these!




  
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Jul 29, 2011 19:40 |  #11

charro callado wrote in post #12842066 (external link)
She could really benefit with some light patch tool work on her skin. Her chin and the bags under her eyes need to be cleaned up.

Well, Joe, it bugged me all day so I did some touch ups. :-) I had to refresh when I came back to this page to see the changes. Thought that was odd.

Thanks for the motivation to try and do better. Hope you see an improvement.


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Jul 29, 2011 20:45 |  #12

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Well, Joe, it bugged me all day so I did some touch ups. :-) I had to refresh when I came back to this page to see the changes. Thought that was odd.

Thanks for the motivation to try and do better. Hope you see an improvement.

I dig it. All they "needed" was a little extra polish and I think you did that nicely. I'm sure she's going to love them.




  
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