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These shots are in a bit of a different style than what Lambis posted. I hope you enjoy them. This is a new type of photography for me and I really enjoy it. Comments etc welcome.

 

This is my attempt at a "headshot" Hair light by the sun and main light by Ike DS200's

 

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This is taken w/ one DS200 at night:

 

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A little more fun than art:

 

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And a lot more fun:

 

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Cheers

James

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James

As i told you on Mayhem.. great shoots.. the last one i like a lot..

The one on night... do you use dual strobes?

 

I remember i have shoot "Newerwhere" and "Clean waters" with one inon and it was like hell.. very hard to iluminate....

Your photo i like a lot. That what i have discover over the time is that warm strobes maybe be better. My subtronic have a color temperatur of 4300 K BUT!!! if you are not very carfull the skin is becomming to yellow and to fix skin in postprocessing is very hard. As i see you have the same problem like me.. thats meen you have warm strobes. You can see it in the skin neck area.

 

Not so importand for most off the shooters but very importand if you work with modelling agenties.

 

But I am so F....ing happy that you like this kind off photos.

 

Now just keep it up so we have much to discuss... he he

 

BTW..... i like you pool man!! Can i borrow it ;-)

Lambis

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who is this?

 

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and how did you get access to so many women?

 

Cool shots james, nice use of a blow up croc.... :guiness:

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Hey James.

 

Check out Ellen's site for some interesting pool shots.

 

www.reflectionindepth.com

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Good job James. The first shot is fabulous. very well done.

 

Rand

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Excellent work James - very different from the normal shots we see.

 

Looks like fun!

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Hi Gang,

 

Thanks for the constructive comments!

 

Lambis: Yes, I'm using Ikes which have a warm temp. I like the warm temp a lot and wasn't aware that it's a problem. I guess part of it is personal preference (I'm not selling these...yet) and part of it is that some of the ladies are actually pretty "brown" skinned. Remember this is Texas and not Sweden :-)

 

Mike: I was at a friends house - basically a party w/ lots of beautiful women. It was great, however I'm pretty focused, so I bet people were wondering why I never got out of the pool...

 

Peter: I checked out Ellen's website. I had no idea that Ellen made photos like these, incredible! I showed them to some models who were very impressed too.

 

I'm learning a lot about what works and what doesn't. This weekend I did two shoots, one in the morning w/ a black backdrop, and one in the afternoon w/ no backdrop (hey, it wasn't my pool). Full sun and a white bottomed pool looks like s**t.

 

Here's one of my favorites from the morning shoot. Lambis: she's Vietnamese so has naturally yellow skin :-) This one was also processed on my crappy work LCD so the gamma may be all wrong too.

 

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Cheers

James

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Hehe Texas.. yes you are right!!!! Its not Sweden

 

The most hard think that you have to fight is color off the skin.. Dark or white or yellow dessent matter. Anyway for me this is the chalenge and if you look close to some photos that you have home you see the the skin chainge colors Like the arm is light brown the front leg is perfect color and the back leg is goit to the cyan blue color

 

Now what can you do?? hmm nothing ;-) I was on some profession underwater photoshootings and i have give up.. they use 2 -3 big studio lights with magnum reflectors to illuminate the subject from above

the same underwater using gel filters to control the light

Total 5-7 lights. Extrem expensive hobby.

 

The last photo is extem beautiful in terms off composition & posing.. very light and the angle very nice.. i really like it is a peacefull photo almost the feeling she is in space and not in the water.

 

Your Greek Friend Lambis

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Awesome to see you experimenting with these ideas, James.

 

Really looking forward to seeing more. Keep it up.

 

Alex

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Thats not fair,

 

I took my video camera along to a 'Ladies night' at the local pool and was escorted straight down the copshop for an hour long interview.. Not once did they ask me about my awards, favourite colour, best diving experience... Spoil sports.

 

Next week I'll try the girls swim team, they will be more accommodating.

 

Dive safe

 

DeanB

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Thanks for the feedback Lambis - I have thought a lot about what you said. I have heard that Nikon Capture NX has a function where you can develop the different regions of a RAW photo differently - this would be AWESOME for under-over shots.

 

Here is another photo I really like from Sunday's set.

 

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f11 @ 1/200th Ike DS200 at 1/4 power w/ diffuser

 

The color and shadows on her upper half I really LOVE, but the legs are too blue. Any suggestions on how to warm them up? I'm thinking layer mask for just the legs, and then a curves adjustment, but I'm not sure. Hopefully there is an easier way - I'd like something I can just brush over her legs and voila! :-)

 

Cheers

James

 

PS, Dean - you just need to work on your wardrobe. I suggest a camo wetsuit or diveskin - that way they can't see you.

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James .. i was thinking to on Capture NX but is so slow ..

layer mask or ´layer masks are they way i do it untill now.. I love the photo and especialy the color and movement off the hair... is so beautiful..

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Here we go - based on a tip from Wetpixel member Detonate, I applied a warming filter (85 filter) at 50 to here legs. I like this one much better:

 

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Cheers

James

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Nice shot James, best one yet.

 

Is she a scuba diver? :D

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Some extraordinary shots there...

Also,interesting www.reflectionindepth.com site.

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Now that I've gone through them all, here's another one that I like:

 

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What's weird is that I've calibrated my LCD and my CRT again and did all the RAW processing. On the LCD I can see the detail in the shadows a LOT more. However, I edited the photos on my calibrated CRT, where I tried to knock down the detail in the background so that it is not distracting.

 

Can you all see the lines and wrinkles on the background?

 

Cheers

James

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James they are great pics there..well done.

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James, on the Mac at 50% brightness (MBP), I see a lot of "detail" in the background. I also see to much of the facial blemishes... However, with the brightness reduced to soften the look on the face, I see no detail in the background, the face looks very smooth, and the shot really kicks ASS!

 

How that equated to "calibrated", I don't know yet as I have not gotten around to that with the new computer...

 

And these are ALL very cool shots!

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James, my 2 cents worth...

 

What really stands out (for me anyway) about Lambis' shots is that the models don't look as if they are underwater, ie. they are totally natural. Probably had the benefit of some serious apnea coaching.

 

In your first few shots the girls really look like they are holding their breath! With your shots of the Vietnamese girl you are much further down the track, she's obviously a natural.

 

Coming from a temperate climate (read cold water) I'm just really impressed that you guys manage to convince all these pretty ladies to get in the water...!

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Hi J,

 

Yes, I understand what you are saying - good feedback. Lambis has specially trained freediving models who are very comfortable in the water and with holding their breat and opening their eyes. It shows in the quality of his photos.

 

Finding a really good model to work with is 9/10th of the "battle" when it comes to this type of shooting. Additionally, we are talking about a certain genre where viewers are sometimes looking for "beautiful women" and as we all know, everyone's definition of beautiful is different.

 

Cheers

James

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James you are right... this is hard to find and more hard to train.. I tech then NEGATIVE DIVES.. also exhale the air and then dive.. becauce if the model have air in the lungs is positiv and so she cant hold the place or dive down and then you see it in the face and chest becauce she is trying to keep the air.. Negative dives are hard.. ofeen follow by a panic atac off the model that whant to go to the surface.. but begative dives make the model heavy and with some train the get the idea how much air they need to exhale to be neutral in 2 meters..

 

Is hard to find models.. and even harder beatiful models.. but its worth it..

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We went down to the local pool today for a swim and the water was like 30 degrees :lol:

 

So Me and Kelly had a great idea the next time we go down to try some pics like you have done James.

 

F11 / 200 shutter is that where we should start at?

 

Kelly will be the model, not me by the way :P .

 

Wags

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