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From what I thought was a total failure

Discussion in 'People' started by srwatters, Jul 13, 2007.

  1. srwatters


    Feb 27, 2006
    Plano, TX
    Or could be titled "The studio dork gets lucky" :biggrin:

    There were horrific afternoon storms on Wednesday late afternoon in North Dallas and I was scheduled to shoot Gabriela Yvonne on the 7th floor pool deck of the Shelton Condos courtesy of the lovely concierge Erin Marie. Everything was great up until 4PM when the clouds rolled in and all hades broke loose. I prayed that the weather would keep north of the Bush Toll Road and didn't call it all off.

    During the shoot I was sure that we weren't getting a single keeper, but I kept on shooting. I've been rather depressed about the whole thing until tonight when I actually looked at the images. Much to my surprise, this is what I found...

    Makeup and hair by the extremely talented Rocio VIelma VEra.

    Nikon D200, Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S
    ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/50 @ 62mm

    This image is nearly untouched. I guess even the blind squirrel finds a nut now and then!

    Comments appreciated as always.
  2. sypher


    May 24, 2006
    Cougar Country
    :eek: :eek: Wow!!
    I like the color, and I really like the angle of the shot...lighting and shadows are fantastic.
    Good job
  3. dtbh


    Mar 9, 2006
    That will depends on who the "blind squirrel" is. :biggrin: With you I know you would find more than one!

    Lovely model, great angle and compo and I particularly like the lighting. Great work as usual, Scott.
  4. frede


    Dec 9, 2006
    Princeton, NJ
    I love it Scott - very nice!
  5. srwatters


    Feb 27, 2006
    Plano, TX
    Thanks guys. I still consider myself a novice (at least when it comes to natural light work) and was happy to get some usable images. More to come...
  6. Lighting, angle and model all add up to a stellar shot. Very nice Scott.
  7. srwatters


    Feb 27, 2006
    Plano, TX
    Thanks Gordon.

    Here's another one after the sun went down.

  8. Ha! I wish I could get that lucky. Two excellent shots.
  9. cuss2much

    cuss2much Guest

    both pictures are good...

    well I take that back...

    that first pic is GREAT...!
    seriously.. I love that shot....
  10. frede


    Dec 9, 2006
    Princeton, NJ
    Wow - the second shot is really off the hook amazing. What did you do to get the water so blue?
  11. srwatters


    Feb 27, 2006
    Plano, TX
    Thanks Fred.

    I was wondering if anyone was going to ask that :biggrin:

    I used my big AB-1600 with a 30 degree grid, barn doors, and three layers of blue gel. The light was on a short BG stand and pointed down into the water from the edge of the pool. a 30# sandbag was wrapped around the base to avoid any accidents (I strongly suggest caution when working around water with high powered studio strobes). I cranked it up to 100% power and what you see here is the result.

    Thanks Maurice!
  12. McQ

    McQ Just your average, everyday moderator. Moderator

    Wow! Your "lucky" shots are like most people's best. Well done!
  13. Ottrott's Human

    Ottrott's Human

    May 21, 2006

    I'll just quit now.........
  14. srwatters


    Feb 27, 2006
    Plano, TX
    It would be truly tragic if that were true, but I appreciate the compliment Stuart.

    The lounge shot was my idea (slightly ripped from a magazine ad), but the second shot was my attempt at something Greg had already done.
  15. Wow, Scott...two tremendous images.
  16. Taylor


    May 21, 2007
    Toronto, ON
    I'm loving it, Scott!
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