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#1 Cal

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 06:51 AM

Hey

So I took some left over streamers from my recent shoot with Annika and used them in an underwater dancing shoot.

I used 2 king sized sheets as a black backing for the wall and these were held together with safety pins and rocks :)

I used a single d2000 strobe as a topside strobe. It was sticky taped to the side of a 2l coke bottle and pointed at the models. However, I couldnt get the fibre optics to trigger regularly so some photos were just completely blown out whilst others were underexposed >3ev

I used 2 x ds 51 strobes as the main lighting in TTL.

The male model (mike) was wearing a wetsuit under his suit!

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no 2 - this one will probably end up with text in the black area.

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no 3

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no 5 - corny , i know, but I had to post it!

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Oh and the water was freezing!!!!!!!


Hope you enjoyed them!

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#2 loftus

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 07:43 AM

Hey

So I took some left over streamers from my recent shoot with Annika and used them in an underwater dancing shoot.

I used 2 king sized sheets as a black backing for the wall and these were held together with safety pins and rocks :)

I used a single d2000 strobe as a topside strobe. It was sticky taped to the side of a 2l coke bottle and pointed at the models. However, I couldnt get the fibre optics to trigger regularly so some photos were just completely blown out whilst others were underexposed >3ev

I used 2 x ds 51 strobes as the main lighting in TTL.

The male model (mike) was wearing a wetsuit under his suit!

no 1

Posted Image

no 2 - this one will probably end up with text in the black area.

Posted Image

no 3

Posted Image

no 4

Posted Image

no 5 - corny , i know, but I had to post it!

Posted Image

no 6

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Oh and the water was freezing!!!!!!!


Hope you enjoyed them!

Cheers

Cal

She looks cold Cal; not smiling like the others. Interesting; I'd try adding a backlight of sorts.
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Posted 27 May 2009 - 10:37 AM

Nice, I like the black background and use of the surface reflections as part of the composition.

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 01:06 PM

There's a guy in the photos? I just see a floating head ;-)

But seriously, I use a red background when my models wear black, and the black background for most other stuff.

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 05:43 PM

Oh she wasn't smiling because I told not too! haha. It was cold but not cold enough to stop that smile!

James - the head does look a bit floaty doesnt it? hmmm....I'll have to come up with a better way of showing him. The problem was that the sheet i was slightly blue so I had to dull it down in curves which had the undesirable side effect of turning his suit black i.e. invisible.

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 08:09 PM

Great shots, but half her body is missing :)
Yeh black on black does not work.

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 10:01 PM

Hey Cal - always enjoy checking out your images.

#3 is the strongest composition to my eye. I like the way he is inviting her down into the depths

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 10:30 PM

As always great work.

Yet another top side trick but have you thought about puting a gel on the strobe ?

A full CTO (Color Temperature Orange) will help give some warmth colour back in to thier skin tone.
http://strobist.blog...k-that-cto.html
Both David Hobby and Joe McNally have good info on the WWW on this.

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 04:01 AM

Thanks guys!

Richard - I have though about that but need to get the basics perfect yet! I'm diving into off camera strobes now. Gels will come soon :-) So much to try.......so little time!
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Posted 28 May 2009 - 04:04 AM

As always great work.

Yet another top side trick but have you thought about puting a gel on the strobe ?

A full CTO (Color Temperature Orange) will help give some warmth colour back in to thier skin tone.
http://strobist.blog...k-that-cto.html
Both David Hobby and Joe McNally have good info on the WWW on this.

Cheers,
Richard B.

I think you are correct in the sense that the pics could be a little warmer; though in this case simply done in camera or post WB. As these pics have a single light source.
The CTO concept that McNally et al speak of pertains more to playing with mixed ambient / strobe light sources.
Using gels is great to add color for effect, I have some examples here http://www.modelmayhem.com/579953
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Posted 28 May 2009 - 05:09 AM

True,

I could pretty easily warm the skin tones in lightroom or photoshop using white balance and colour correction

That is such an awesome portfolio!

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 04:50 AM

How are you guys triggering your topside lighting? I thought I saw a thread here on WP but cant seem to find it. Could you point me in the right direction? Thanks.
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Posted 06 June 2009 - 05:23 AM

I use simple optical sensors to trigger amphibious flashes that are mounted above water. Others on here use dedicated studio strobes triggered by a radio trigger which is connected to the underwater housing by a sync cord - or a 30' sync cord wired directly to a PC sync socket on the studio strobe.

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 05:38 AM

I use simple optical sensors to trigger amphibious flashes that are mounted above water. Others on here use dedicated studio strobes triggered by a radio trigger which is connected to the underwater housing by a sync cord - or a 30' sync cord wired directly to a PC sync socket on the studio strobe.

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Thanks James. I like the radio trigger idea. Do you know if this is a custom item or an off the shelf piece?
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Posted 06 June 2009 - 05:58 AM

Thanks James. I like the radio trigger idea. Do you know if this is a custom item or an off the shelf piece?

Matthew,
I use a 30' Nikonos cord with an intermediate Nikonos bulkhead fitting to PC conversion piece that plugs into my base Pocket Wizard.
Ryan at Reef Photo can make both of these for you.
He can also place the bulkhead in a Pelican case if you choose, but I chose to forego the floating Pocket Wizard for simply taping the Pocket Wizard to a light stand. Until I get my Olympic Pool, the Nikonos cable is long enough.

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 06:33 AM

Matthew,
I use a 30' Nikonos cord with an intermediate Nikonos bulkhead fitting to PC conversion piece that plugs into my base Pocket Wizard.
Ryan at Reef Photo can make both of these for you.
He can also place the bulkhead in a Pelican case if you choose, but I chose to forego the floating Pocket Wizard for simply taping the Pocket Wizard to a light stand. Until I get my Olympic Pool, the Nikonos cable is long enough.

It always comes back to Ryan doesn't it. Has MM been working out for you? I've been working with some of the agencies in NY but they get the wiggles when I mention pool work.
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Posted 06 June 2009 - 07:06 AM

It always comes back to Ryan doesn't it. Has MM been working out for you? I've been working with some of the agencies in NY but they get the wiggles when I mention pool work.

Yeah, Ryan's my go to guy. He probably dreads to take my calls, because who knows what I'll ask for next.
MM's OK and I've made some contacts, but more and more I'm working with models I know. I think good underwater models are a special group.
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