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Jennie in darkness

By Bogwoppett
Hello everyone, Im a new member and this is my first submission in this catergory (other is a cat in the pet section!).

I love the implied nude, deep darkness and scultptured body-form of this picture.

The story behind this photo.
ages ago I saw a Revlon advert with Cindy Crawford. It was a colour photo, and I looked at it and thought that it was absolutely crying out for a black and white treatment. It seemed a crime that it wasnt monochrome!
So I decided to put the matter right. I figured out the lighting, and with another photographer (Ian Parker) spent hours reproducing the effect. Got a lovely picture with a model called Wendy.
This is not that picture.
Anyway, my active participation in photography died for a while, and recently I have decided to re-invigorate my photography.
So I booked a studio and a model, and thought What the **** am I going to do?
For some insanely masochistic reason I decided to try to re-create the tricky lighting of that favourite picture.
And to my surprise, the old dog had not lost his tricks, and I got the effect!
Not only that, I managed to improve on the first attempt!
So heres the result, with huge thanks to the model, Jennie, who worked very hard and with great patience! Thanks also to Myk of Bakery Studios, superb chap and great studio.
I absolutely promise my next posting will not have a long crappy story attached to it!!

Tags: Nude and glamour

Voters: AZZA_AJD, tredgold, answersonapostcard and 60 more

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davidbailie 13 457 7 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2005 1:25AM
Well done - like it a lot too - welcome


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4 Aug 2005 1:26AM
I dont often read descriptions because I think it can confuse the mind on what you are supposed to see. But I read yours and made up my mind on the picture before I did. Your description made me laugh, you picture astounds me, the lighting is fabulous, I would love to know your secret. Keep them coming. K.
paulstefan 12 509 1 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2005 1:28AM
Definitely worth the effort, Steve. The lighting and pose are very good - what makes it for me is the lighting on her hair which looks super in the larger version
Welcome to EPZ too Smile
cheers, Paul
4 Aug 2005 1:30AM
thanks for the welcome!! and thanks for your great comments, guys!
Pete Plus
15 18.8k 96 England
4 Aug 2005 1:32AM
Good control of lighting
Dennie 12 260 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2005 1:34AM
FANTASTIC , you've managed to create excatly what you was after. Well done on a fantastically lit image. Denise xx
Ps.I thought it was a wonderfull description
tull 13 181 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2005 1:36AM
Just awesome a wonderful portrait of the highest calibre. A well deserved HC

Big_Beavis 11 4 2 England
4 Aug 2005 1:41AM
What an amazing shot, fantastic lighting and composition.

pikey 13 861
4 Aug 2005 1:51AM
Excellent lighting and fantastic range of tones....
kaybee 12 4.9k 25 Scotland
4 Aug 2005 1:56AM
As soon as I saw the thumbnail I thought that I had seen the picture before and this must be a I know
rclewett 12 2
4 Aug 2005 1:59AM
Fantastic lighting...Really Like it

Boyd 13 11.2k 11 Wales
4 Aug 2005 2:00AM
Top quality shot and a great description too.

4 Aug 2005 2:03AM
that cindy crawford advert was from roughly 1990 i think, Kaybee, I'm impressed you can remember it!!
4 Aug 2005 2:03AM
Wonderful lighting and pose, one to be proud of.

conrad 12 10.9k 116
4 Aug 2005 2:21AM
Absolutely wonderful, both the pose and the lighting, especially the backlighting. And I love long stories in picture descriptions...

vparmar 11 7 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2005 2:27AM
amazing lighting and composition, excellent pose and very good description - click
teena40 12 66
4 Aug 2005 2:32AM
Yes its great, love the back lighting,love to know how you set this up.
4 Aug 2005 2:43AM
Great light.

bono 12
4 Aug 2005 2:48AM
Lovely shot well done

ejtumman 12 2.8k England
4 Aug 2005 4:00AM
Love the shot and the lighting.... Great work

Emma ;o)
silverwolf 15 7 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2005 5:08AM
Excellent lighting, great pose. Superb shot.
mr g 12 403 3 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2005 7:07AM
Top shot!
Very well created
kaybee 12 4.9k 25 Scotland
4 Aug 2005 7:15AM
1990?.....a mere yesterday.....and well done on the award

4 Aug 2005 8:17AM
thanks everybody, I really appreciate your kind comments! This is a great website(-I've been exploring it) with such constructive and positive appraisal, I really wish I'd found it a long time ago!
Thanks Roy, and I took a look at your profile - you had a Lubitel!! So did I! It was my first go at medium format. A cheap and simple camera. I think I sold it to someone for a fiver!! It inspired me to get a mamiya 645 (later moved on to Bronica ETRSi).
Hoffy Plus
12 262 16 England
4 Aug 2005 9:29AM
Very strong and dinamic b/w well done.

big fella 13 485 England
4 Aug 2005 10:43AM
Superb shot! The lighting, contrast, everything is spot on.


Toppix 11 56 1 England
4 Aug 2005 11:03AM
Its a very good photo indeed. Great composition and toning. I see you learned a bit from Ian then (in case you didn't know, he uses this site as Ginz04).
hurstwood 12 36
4 Aug 2005 11:05AM
Superb shot / lighting / effort.
Well Done.
Like IT
hurstwood 12 36
4 Aug 2005 11:06AM
Sorry, pressed twice. But the shot is worth two comments
JohnHorne 11 1.0k
4 Aug 2005 11:27AM
A stunning image. I'm not familiar with the photograph that inspired this, but here the lighting and pose are excellent. Click.
4 Aug 2005 12:22PM
thanks Alan, John, and Ian!
Didn't know he was on the site as Ginz04.
(Actually, in this case, it was a bit the other way round in terms of learning!!)
rf 12 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2005 12:24PM
good pose and lighting.
like the highlights.
silburkp 12 3 England
4 Aug 2005 12:32PM
Great composition. Very effectice use of light and perspective.
pgarwood 12 35 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2005 7:05PM
Nice shot lighting effect is great
5 Aug 2005 12:25AM
Thank you so very much everybody! It's been a really great introduction to the site and really encourages me to strive for the best possible image. I've been exploring the site and I feel like a little child in wonderland! The quality of pictures here is stunning and I've lost count of the number of times I've gone wow!! -Such a high standard!
I notice a couple of people have asked how? So here is a brief description as best as I can explain something that is tricky to get right!
Dark area, absolutely no reflective material around or on the floor. Use non reflective black fabric on floor.
The main light source is directly above the model.
You have to get the light spill VERY tight (just on the model) and VERY even. You will have to experiment because the light will also drop off in intensity with distance as well. I used a snooted light with a honeycomb grill to really control it. Otherwise you can drape a black cloth around the snoot and let it dangle below to close up the spill. Beware of the fire risk!!
For this pic, there is a second snooted light on the floor behind the model to light the hair and do a little rim lighting. Beware the light spill! Honeycomb grill again, but black cardboard in a roll will further tighten the light.
Both lights were very close in this instance.
And then you play with positioning and exposures. Pay very close attention to where the light spills and the toning and the shadows on the model. I asked Jennie to tense herself in some areas to enhance certain muscles and add sculpting.

-good luck!
teena40 12 66
5 Aug 2005 12:52AM
Thank you for takeing the time to explain, its so refreshing to have someone thats willing to give so much information on their shots, you will be a great help to the site.
Take care
5 Aug 2005 1:08AM
thanks Teena, like your shots!
AngieLatham 12 790 2 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2005 3:47AM
hi Steve...just love your user name! I may haveto call my next cat Bogwoppet! Super nameSmile
This image is fantastic,even though I'm not one for nudes or portraits. The lighting is excellent. A great first upload and a HC to boot!
Welcome to EPZ and hope you enjoy your warned : It's addictive....very addictive.
Thanks for your comments on my PF too Smile
kind regards
paulcr 11 1.5k 9 Ireland
9 Aug 2005 3:59AM
Hi Steve and welcome. This is a fantastic study.So well lit and composed. Deserves all the praise above. I look forward to more of your work especially if its of this calibre. Paul
AnnieK 11 96 Spain
12 Aug 2005 1:55PM
Just beautiful.

13 Aug 2005 8:37AM
Thanks everybody!!!!!!!

Mariusz 11 Poland
24 Aug 2005 11:47AM
perfectly done
9 Sep 2005 2:15AM
A great shot, good pose and excellent lighting.

UserRemoved 11 481
7 Nov 2005 7:37PM
Well deserving of the HC. This really is a glorious Work Of Art. Beautiful in every way. The lighting is awesome. The model's smooth skin tones are wonderfully captured. Contrast between light and shade is quite spectacular. Very impressive.

starstriders 12 1.6k United Kingdom
19 Dec 2005 4:20AM
The lighting is really good on this one. Excellent pose too.
andmolliethedog 10 120 11 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2006 1:48AM
Its easy to see why this is so highly regarded..wish I had this amount of class.

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