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#1 Cal

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 07:06 AM

hey guys,

I've been incredibly busy with my pool photography over the last month or so.

Here are some of my preferred shots.

no 1 - The jesters - large

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no 2

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no 3

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no 4

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no 5

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no 6

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no 7

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no 8 - my Salavador Dali inspired portrait :-)

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no 10

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Theres a few more at http://www.flickr.com/photos/calmero/

Hope you enjoyed my random mish mash of model photos :drink:

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#2 Cal

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 07:08 AM

no 11

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no 12

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and 2 more!
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Posted 26 July 2009 - 07:20 AM

Great shots in there Cal, you have been busy.

Glad to see you didn't bring a '58 goldtop into the pool :drink:

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 08:45 AM

No 7 is an absolute award winner....speechless!
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Posted 26 July 2009 - 12:24 PM

Great work Cal - I love the concepts and execution is good too.

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 01:48 PM

yes, that #7 is the best for sure, that small splash of colour really gives it punch

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 02:48 PM

I'm loving #2 Cal. Your having too much fun dude. Keep it up.

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 06:07 PM

A whole bunch of great images Cal; #1 , #7 and #9 are my favorites.
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Posted 26 July 2009 - 06:20 PM

Great stuff as always.
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#10 Cal

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 02:52 AM

Thanks guys!

Those photos are the end result of countless phone calls, emails and coffees.

I've got a shoot tomorrow night with a hairstylist, make up artist and a model. Its getting harder and harder to organize these damn things!

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 03:46 AM

Number 8 for me.

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 04:26 AM

Very nice as always Cal!
Nr. 8 works for me the best! :drink:

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 02:25 PM

Cal

All that hard work is paying off. I can see alot of growth in your pool images over time. My fav is number 7 also but there are quite a few nice ones!
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Posted 28 July 2009 - 07:14 AM

Thanks guys!

no 8 is one of my favs as well.

My photography is definantly improving but I still can't quite get the stunning lighting that I want. I practiced with off camera fibre optic strobes tonight and I'm trying to learn some new techniques.

It seems that my concepts can change and evolve but my lighting stays pretty consistent. I'm reading and searching a lot in portrait photographer forums trying to pick up tips there. It really helps

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Posted 28 July 2009 - 07:36 AM

Cal the starry light effect, is PS I presume, right.
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Posted 28 July 2009 - 09:46 AM

Just awesome Cal!
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Posted 28 July 2009 - 07:25 PM

Thanks,

Loftus - yeah the star light effect is PS > filter > render > lens flare. simple but I like it

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 07:46 AM

A few more

no 12 - note- make up artist was the talented Britta Herlod - http://www.modelmayhem.com/657880

I shoot for a few reasons. Sometimes I shoot to try and make beautiful images and other times I shoot to make people say "what the hell is going on here?." :drink:

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no 13 - The jester is the talented portrait photographer but amazingly talented underwater model - Amanda Clark. I've heard the term "water babies" used a few times and this girl was most certainly it. All of her poses were just stunning!

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Hope you like them!

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 02:15 AM

Cal

Stunning shots as usually. I do look forward to seeing your latest shots.

May I ask a question about your production costs? Are you using professional models, make up artists, etc or are these people working for their portfolio? If they do charge, rough how much?

I am just thinking of hiring a tank in order to give this a go and wondered roughly how much a session would cost.

Many thanks
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Posted 30 July 2009 - 02:45 AM

Thanks DDT uk

Production costs are minimal. I use models who wish to improve on their portfolio. I use mostly starting models but have booked in a few professional models over the next few weeks. These are all TF* -(time for print) which bascially means they work for free but I provide a cd of the shots for them. At the momment it seems more likely that I'd be the one getting paid as I have far more models contacting me then I can work with - most of these just want free cool underwater photos for their portfolios to appear "dynamic" for model agencies etc.

The only real expenses are hiring the pool, batteries and material / props. Material costs a fortune. I spent $50 today on some fabric.

Dont use a tank - you want to be able to communicate and using a tank complicates things. Basically just throw on a mask and sink to the bottom. That way you and the model can both pop up and chat about the shoot rather then you just sitting there on the bottom. plus - pools wont let you use a tank for liability insurance etc.

make up artists or MUAs as there commonly known are harder to find. I wouldnt use on for the first few times as it takes a while to get used to this style of shooting. Try using a friend etc for the first few tries just to get the lighting right.

Hope that helps?

Cal

Edited by Cal, 30 July 2009 - 02:49 AM.

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