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#1 Cal


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Posted 12 June 2009 - 12:20 PM

Hey guys,

So I finished my thesis (fingers crossed I pass :) ) and decieded to celebrate with a super creative pool shoot.

I had this concept in my minds eye for quite some time. I contemplated using white face paint and various other means to achieve the affect but decieded that a mask would work best.

The mask was purchased off ebay for $8 :-) :P

I got the model (Mike Larson) to wear a black suit without a tie. The water was freezing so Mike opted to wear a full wetsuit under his outfit. I then used safety pins and whole lot of black and white silk to create the overall costume.

Lighting was pretty simply - 2 x ds 51 strobes either facing forward at f16 1/200th. or the camera titled vertically with 1 strobe above water pointing down and the other set to -3 and pointing up from below to act as fill light - this technique gets the ripple effect I love.

Post editing was done in Photoshop cs 2 and lightroom - basically just curves, white balance (not kept constant between photos) and burning to produce black eye sockets.

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no 5 - Munch's Scream - I've been wanting to do something like this for ages. I knew it would most likely have to be a reflection to get the "scream" part correct and the mask provided the perfect subject. This scream was painstakingly created at 4am using the warp tool :-)

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A big thanks to Mike for putting up with the cold water and helping me out!

Hope you enjoyed them,



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#2 stewsmith


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Posted 12 June 2009 - 01:10 PM

spooky !

You are so talented Cal, of course you are going to pass. I cant wait for you to publish a book, it will deffo be on my coffee table.

Cheers for showing more outstanding images.


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Posted 12 June 2009 - 02:02 PM

No.5 seriously rocks Cal. :) Good luck on the thesis, not that you'll need it.


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Posted 12 June 2009 - 02:23 PM

Wow, Cal ... you are really finding your "voice" ... these are my favorite of the pool series so far ...

Keep it up! You're onto something.
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Posted 14 June 2009 - 11:25 PM

Thanks guys!!!

as always, I really appreciate the suppourt!

I've been super busy over the last few days and I've managed to rack up another 3 shoots so I'll post some more this week.


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Posted 15 June 2009 - 06:01 AM

Outstanding as always! I second with Steve - the fifth image is superb! Thanks for sharing Cal - You'r shots are always very interesting to see.
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Posted 15 June 2009 - 08:13 AM

Agree with the others, like no. 5. Assume that it was a PS stretch, rather than the surface of the pool that elongated the mouth? Looking forward to seeing the results from the other shoots.


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Posted 15 June 2009 - 09:58 AM

Awesome and very inspirational, Cal! I especiallyl like #3 . Makes me want to try do pool model shots (never thought I would say that)...

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 12:53 PM

Wow Cal these are fantastic! I love one and three!! I always look forward to seeing your work, very cool!
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Posted 15 June 2009 - 07:16 PM

thanks guys!!!!

Alex- the reflection was almost an exact copy of the face. So I used the selection tool - right click, free transform - Warp. then played around with it. The tricky part was cleaning it up so it appeared legitimate.

Well I better get back to photoshop. So many photos.......so much time now haha (on holidays)


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