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Old Sep 23, 2012, 8:18 PM   #1
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Default Graveyard and Vampire II (nudity warning)!

I had so much fun last time, so I have to repeat...
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pe...d-vampire.html


The model:






Into vampire:





... and graveyards:





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Old Sep 24, 2012, 4:48 PM   #2
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G'day NHL

Ah 100 posts without a reply > I'll see if I can remedy that

Full marks for doing this - it's not my style of photography, tho sometimes ....
cc if I may - There are 2 issues that concern me: the sudden clothing change to red after so many black images, and the dollar-sized brown marks on her knees [presumably from kneeling], esp in image #1

Image #1 shows us an attractive young lady, text ID for #2 says "into vampire" but to me she doesn't look like a vampire - or a goth. Q- maybe some heavier makup around the eyes?

Every image has good eye contact, but none 'grab' me either sensuously or 'vampically'

Hope this feedback is okay
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Old Sep 24, 2012, 9:25 PM   #3
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I was just trying out my new camera...

Phil

Just kidding, great comments all duly noted and will fix them shortly

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Well, honestly vampires, goth that's not really my thing but photographing women in different environments is.

So with that being said I'll start with the first series.
The lighting appeared to be challenging with the trees and the shade/sun spots.
Personally I would brighten up the shadow areas and darken the highlight areas in the background or, crop more to zoom in on her and eliminate the backgrounds. The contrast in the background light is distracting.

My favorite pic in the first series is the last one although, I would slightly brighten the grass behind her and/or try a B&W conversion.

In the second (this) series I like the first one the best. Thats really a nice shot. but as Phil said the knees need to be cleaned up.

The last shot is close but could be better IMO if there was not the backgrounds distractions again from the trees.
Maybe B&W with a crop may work here also?
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D800, nice. Did you get the E or non E version?
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... The last shot is close but could be better IMO if there was not the backgrounds distractions again from the trees.
Maybe B&W with a crop may work here also?
You guys missed the point as vampires should stay away from the sun..

All shots were taken with strobes!
As all images are strongly backlit... For example in the 2nd image above, the sun is right behind the tree shining directly at the camera (look at the shadows from the headstones). Without strobes the images would have been useless or the background would have been completely overblown.

I guess I should find another opportunity for a reshoot in the evening then to get a darker background!
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D800, nice. Did you get the E or non E version?
I could not wait for the 'E' and it's till a 2 months delay to get it from B&H!
Beside most of my shots are jpeg, with the 'E' I would have been forced to use RAW.

The viewfinder in the A900 is much brighter, and the Sony shutter sound is more film like though.
-> The D800 cropping power is just amazing, just check my SFO picture in the travel thread!
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Who says Vampires have to look horrific and not attractive? The last picture tells a lot about your camera and the details especially how the background is coming through the translucent pink cape.
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Who says Vampires have to look horrific and not attractive? The last picture tells a lot about your camera and the details especially how the background is coming through the translucent pink cape.
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Ok guys, since the lighting is a bit challenging...
How about some HDR instead:


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I like the last one best. It's bright in the distance but here in the shadows is where you'd want to be. Nice shot and pp.
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