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Taken deep underground in a former water storage bunker. The aim with this was to create a sci fi inspired shoot and create something beautiful but yet outside the box. The reflections and everything in this image is genuine and I have the NEF from the the D800 to prove it. The tone was created by using deep red gels on a bank of flashes to subject right and a large 85 inch octabox in front of and pointing down on the model to achieve a decent reflection in the water. In case people ask NO the reflection has not been photoshopped in. There has been no post processing on this image other than the upload and resize.

Camera:Nikon D800 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Sigma 17-35 EX DG
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Reflections of an Alien queen
Username:KennyP KennyP
Uploaded:20 Jul 2012 - 12:46 AM
Tags:Alien, Cavern, Portraits / people, Reflection, Underground, Water
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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
20 Jul 2012 - 6:45 AM

Well from my point forget the jargon!is it a good photo or not! no it's not a good photo, it's Brilliant! Fantastic! and so was the other one! gets my vote regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32911 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2012 - 7:48 AM

A great piece, which screams out quality.

Regards Nathan

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NaturesHaven
NaturesHaven e2 Member 2246 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2012 - 8:25 AM

Talent will out............fantastic work.........quality indeed...........TongueTongueTongue

A wonderful model, all the elements came together to make this a fantastic piece of art.....SmileSmileSmile

Last Modified By NaturesHaven at 20 Jul 2012 - 8:26 AM

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bps11
bps11  2 England
20 Jul 2012 - 9:00 AM

Great imagination, great shot.....Did you capture any scenes without eye contact with your model or the model's head in another direction?
Another idea would be to have the reflected head (in the water) manipulated in another direction? Superb Work!

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JenniCh
JenniCh  832 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2012 - 9:29 AM

Great shot, very well executed and I for one am very interested in how you took the shot, that is of enormous interest and I wish more members would actually make a point of giving some description - often if it is an interesting shot but there is 'no description' I don't bother to vote anyway as, if the photographer can't be bothered to say something, then what is the point of responding to the image.

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KennyP
KennyP  2 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2012 - 10:44 AM

Hi Guys

I didnt know comments could be made on the photos so didnt know to come back and reply. I appologise Sad

In answer the questions perhaps I should start by describing the location of our shoot. I cant tell you where it is exactly because we have exclusive use of the location for our shoots and it is a monstrous place with subterinean arches and just lends itself to any kind of shoot. We have actually shot a car and a bike in there and they have appeared in American car Magaizne, Fuel Magazine and Fast car magazine. My frind has also shot a 19040's style gangter shoot in there which unfortunately I couldnt attend because of illness. We also plan a homage to Michael Caine's original Italian job in there and are going to shoot a St Valentines day massacre shoot in there( we have an authentic 1940's yellow NYC taxi waiting in the wings to be shot)

anyway, back to the setup. this place is about 900 foot long and 400 foot wide and is divided into 20-30 foot sections all supported by massive arches. The problem with the place is that only at the front where you ome into the space is it lit. at the back where the place we shoot is, its pitch black so everything has to be set up by torches. The place literally sucks light like a sponge. What we actually had to do to get this shot and light the space was use a bank of six studio strobes on half power laid out between each arh and pointing up to the ceiling. Some where we wanted acent lights( nearer to the model) were fitted with barn doors and red gels. They were all on stands and about three feet off the ground. The key light which illuminated Leeanne was camera left at about 120 degrees angle of incidence and four foot high. It was fitted with a huge octabox which I picked up cheap off ebay for six quid would you believe and throws out the most wonderful light. The bottom of the octabox was literally half an inch off the floor so it was basically level in height with where Leeane was. We had played with the position but we found athat any other position reflected the light into the water into the channel and overpowered the reflection. Incidentally, the reflection was discovered by acident when my mate nearly dropped his camera into the channel whentaking a shot and spotted he had caught a reflection....so it was used to shoot Leeanne in this shot.

I had to take many test shots to get the right exposure as for some reason, when I took meter readings with the seckonic, the settings used gave a muddy look to the image so I basically took four shots to get the exposure right. I have to say that I did not take many shots at the shoot- mainly because I committed the cardinal sin that all photographers hate to do.....I came to the shoot and realised when I had got there, the memory card for the D800 was at home in the computer from the bike shoot there a week before. Luckyly I had an old CF card from my D700 but it was only an 8 gig ard which gave me 90 shots....so I was choosy what I shot, deleting all I didnt want to use later.

The shot iteslf has not been altered, doctored or edited in any way other than to resize it for the web and to add my personal logo on it. Im not native to post processing myself. I am a landscape photographer who had an accident a few years back and broke my spine and rather than giving up went into studio photography. Ive just recently finished and graduated from University as a mature student and gained my ba with honours in photography. I'm only now learning the arcane arts of post processing so try if possible to get it right in camera to start with so I dont have to use PP.

thanks for all the suggestions too on manipulating the image. This is a side that is new to me so I will have a good go and maybe pay for the full membership so I can post more images.

IN answer to the question on eye contact, I'll have a look and let you know. I havent seen all the photos yet as I had great problems getting my computer to work with the D800 and have only just got that sorted.

Thanks again with the great replies. Much appreciated

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KennyP
KennyP  2 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2012 - 12:28 PM

I'd like to add that we had the services of a fantastic, newly qualified Make up artist called Christine Jane Singleton who created some wonerful art on our model. it was fantastic to work with her- my first proper shoot with a proper MUA and was amazing to see her work. You guys should check her out in facebook and work with her.

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TanyaH
TanyaH e2 Member 11361 forum postsTanyaH vcard United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2012 - 2:55 PM

Excellent vision and execution (even if the execution does sound particularly convoluted, complicated and dark). Don't blame you for keeping the location secret, I would too Grin I've just had a look at the other image of this Alien Queen in your portfolio, and while the poses are very different, the facial expression is very similar. Personally, I'd love to see her snarling - she is a queen, after all, and an alien to boot! Brilliant stuff.

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RWPhotoGraphix
RWPhotoGraphix e2 Member 6337 forum postsRWPhotoGraphix vcard United Kingdom
22 Jul 2012 - 1:31 PM

Fab image Kenny, ur work will certainly stand out on here and I'm so glad u have joined,
Keep up the great work mate,
Ryan Smile

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KennyP
KennyP  2 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2012 - 5:27 PM

Ta Ryan

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Buffalo_Tom
Buffalo_Tom e2 Member 82322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2012 - 9:44 PM

Fabulous..have an RC.
Tom.

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KennyP
KennyP  2 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2012 - 8:54 PM

thank you Tom Smile

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paulbaybutphotography

Everything works in this image. Model, pose, lighting, mood, location, style, crop, framing, angle, you name it.
For myself the best shot up to now in your portfo and an easy and obvious winner of awards.
Well done to all involved

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KennyP
KennyP  2 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2012 - 1:25 AM

cheers mate. Much appreciated

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perkyjude
perkyjude  346 forum posts England11 Constructive Critique Points
7 Oct 2012 - 11:01 AM

Wow... incredible. I have never seen anything like this. I can't stop looking at it. It conjures up all sorts of scenarios and films like ... Predator...Species... I am in awe.

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KennyP
KennyP  2 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2012 - 11:04 AM

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Thank you Grin that was exactly the feel that I went for.....species!


ts just been featured in a five page spread on me in Kultur Magazine along with a collection of my other work

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