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Photographer

Lee Gillies

Posts: 1560

London, England, United Kingdom

http://k43.pbase.com/o6/42/577342/1/80261675.pDJ47vbO.60907leegilliesphotography.jpg

After getting changed in Burger King I told penny to walk over the road into the middle of Picadilly Circus and look lost and confused and stay as still as possible between poses. Resting the camera on the railings I fired away at about 1/8th of a sec @ F32. I took a lot of pictures, these were the best two. We were filmed by a Portugese film crew, lol, and I had some guy stood beside me counting how may pictures I was taking, amazed "woah, that was like 40 or something". He then asked me if I could take his picture and proceded to get thoroughly pissed off when I said no, haha!

Oct 16 07 11:20 am Link

Photographer

K E E L I N G

Posts: 39819

Peoria, Illinois, US

This was my first win, back in April.

Carlotta Champagne is a traveling model who was making a swing through Chicago back in April.  I had seen her work before here on MM, and at the time I had only been shooting a few months, so I really wanted to work with someone besides the neighbor girls with no experience who I had managed to talk into posing for me.  I set up the shoot as a joint shoot with Pat O'Brien in his studio in Naperville, and basically faked my way through the whole shoot.  smile  I was really just setting up lights by sight, trying to find combinations that I thought looked good.  With this one, I had a 6ft. Octagon softbox just to camera right, and a couple of reflectors for bounce on the opposite side.  I'm realistic, this PotD win was due to Carly's overwhelming Beauty!

That shoot was a true eyeopening experience for me in a lot of ways.  It gave me a lot of confidence, and I was amazed at watching Carly work.  We also did some B/W figure nudes with just her and a Gray muslin background, and when I got the images on my computer, we did 38 frames, and all 38 of them was a completely different dead-on perfect pose.  I had a Carly hangover for 3 days afterwards, LoL!

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x180/yurphotoguy/Carly006_RJ.jpg?t=1192547398

Oct 16 07 11:24 am Link

Photographer

Star

Posts: 17956

Los Angeles, California, US

http://www.pbase.com/cseayphotography/image/83874363
[img]http://modelmayhm-6.vo.llnwd.net/d1/photos/070806/23/46b7f90a41359_m.jpg[/img]

well this girl was 14 and while very beautiful she was also very stiff. I firmly believe in setting your lights up in one direction, and than wandering around shooting from different angles to see how the light looks in a different frame.

This image has 2 light sources, the hard light from the front, and a second light bouncing off the metal ceiling for fill. The flare is in camera, and it is shot with an infrared digital camera.

The retouching was minimal, a slight liquification of the stomach for a bit more of a curve, and removal of a cord in the wall.

This was shot for a school assignment with no knowledge before the day of of what the model would look like, or what the styling would be. I had 1 hour 15 minutes to set-up and shoot.

Oct 16 07 11:57 am Link

Photographer

VisualRamblings

Posts: 1951

Denver, Colorado, US

( ANT ) Mgaphoto wrote:

Bwhaha... oh my wtf kind of dogs are those? cool shot!

They are Bouvier des Flandres. The East German police used to use them for guard dogs.

Oct 16 07 12:11 pm Link

Photographer

EdBPhotography

Posts: 7679

Torrance, California, US

http://i.pbase.com/o4/42/577342/1/66396811.a26mBqIU.81306.jpg

In this one, I really have to credit both the MUA and the model (Ziba) for turning it into a beautiful shot.  The story behind the shoot, was that I was going to shoot some images for an ad my sister wanted to run for her pet eye cleaning product (www.eyeenvy.com).  She wanted a model to pose with her cat and her dog, so I asked Ziba, whom I've known for several years.  She showed up with her makeup done and we got to shooting.  After we were done with the pets, we shot some headshots as well.  For this one, I had her stand in the front doorway, and then shot her as she turned her head at different angles.  She got distracted by something at about the same time I was pressing the shutter release. 

Another happy accident.  smile

Oct 16 07 06:54 pm Link

Model

Jessalyn

Posts: 21433

Denver, Colorado, US

Won with this one yesterday....

http://www.pbase.com/cseayphotography/image/87329861

http://modelmayhm-8.vo.llnwd.net/d1/photos/070821/17/46cb67dc9db26_m.jpg

Frank Petronio and I met up in Portland Oregon on Friday night. Saturday we drove to the coast, eventually driving to Astoria (beautiful by the way). This area was a tiny little town. It was really cloudy (go figure) and it drizzled a little bit. Before we hit the beach (other shots in my portfolio of those) we played around in dry clothing. Frank got this one while I was skipping down a hill. Large format 4x5 film, polaroids. No makeup, hair pulled back in pony tail and bangs flowing in the wind.

Oct 16 07 07:01 pm Link

Model

Jessalyn

Posts: 21433

Denver, Colorado, US

bump.

Oct 17 07 04:36 pm Link

Photographer

EdBPhotography

Posts: 7679

Torrance, California, US

http://i.pbase.com/o6/42/577342/1/87131612.fXiQIIpN.100307EdBurnsPhotography.jpg

For this one, I give full credit to the model, Monarey.  This was the last shot we took that day.  I had tried a couple of different angles, but Mona was concerned that some of the poses weren't elongating her legs, and that they might look odd in the photos.  So, I told her to give me an idea of what she thought would look better.  Mona struck this pose all on her own. 

Makeup was done by Laura Harley, who's also here on MM.

Oct 18 07 01:44 pm Link

Photographer

EdBPhotography

Posts: 7679

Torrance, California, US

C'mon, there's gotta' be more stories than that!   Where are all our winners??  Let's hear it. smile

Oct 19 07 11:49 am Link

Photographer

EdBPhotography

Posts: 7679

Torrance, California, US

Anyone??....Anyone??...Beuller??...

Oct 20 07 07:43 am Link

Photographer

EdBPhotography

Posts: 7679

Torrance, California, US

bump

Oct 25 07 01:59 pm Link

Photographer

LeDeux Art

Posts: 50123

San Ramon, California, US

The second day of a three day shoot, my first project. here we had been at atrailor park and as we started shooting obcenaties at us from differant trailors Cindy looked at Ro and they both looked at me and said lets get out of here, I was robbed the night before and was feelin moody but resisted hanging around, we went to a area right around the corner to the railroad tracks and snapped a number of shots like this one
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee295/tntart/pod%20winners%20small/46c09d754b54d_m.jpg

Oct 25 07 02:32 pm Link

Photographer

LeDeux Art

Posts: 50123

San Ramon, California, US

LeDeux Art wrote:
The second day of a three day shoot, my first project. here we had been at atrailor park and as we started shooting obcenaties at us from differant trailors Cindy looked at Ro and they both looked at me and said lets get out of here, I was robbed the night before and was feelin moody but resisted hanging around, we went to a area right around the corner to the railroad tracks and snapped a number of shots like this one
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee295/tntart/46c09d754b54d_m.jpg

the obcenaties that were being shouted at us from differant trailors in the trailor park were like this
F-ck you mother f_ckers gonna die if you dont get the f_ck outa here
the robbery 2 nights before happened in my sleep and I awoke to a stranger in my car with a pair of scissors
the camera i shot the image with was a early model cannon rebel with a peice of reflectave board and the sun as a light source.

Oct 25 07 02:40 pm Link

Model

CautionHazardous

Posts: 182

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

... I'm truly impressed by the work in here and if anything for the most part I would call it art

Oct 25 07 02:50 pm Link

Photographer

Art Of Imaging

Posts: 13101

Brooklyn, New York, US

http://img4.modelmayhem.com/060801/10/44cf78286b999.jpg

how i did it.

found the chair
told model get naked
told model sit

i used my nikon d70 , one alien bee 800 with a small directional softbox with honycomb grid, had the light stand setup the highest it can go and walah photo smile

Oct 26 07 02:27 am Link

Model

Jessalyn

Posts: 21433

Denver, Colorado, US

bump

Oct 26 07 11:50 am Link

Photographer

Diable

Posts: 1857

Springfield, Virginia, US

Mikes Images - Mike #4 wrote:
[img]http://img1.modelmayhem.com/051215/02/43a182f1f39d0.jpg[img]

This image was originally a color digital image shot with a Canon 10d. The wall on the left contained a large distracting window. I liked the models on the right, but hated the entire left side. I tried various ways of making the left side more pleasing to the eye. Nothing seemed to work until I got the idea to simply take the window out and clone in white where the window was. This helped and I kinda liked the empty space to the left, but it was still missing something. During all this messing around, I tried a varie5ty of things that included both black and white and color versions. I kinda liked it both ways, but was leaning toward the black and white.

So, I created the frame for the mirror in photoshop. When I put the image into the mirror, I didn't like it the way it should look. Mirror images are reversed, but not like this appears. I liked it like this better....even if it's wrong. I added a bevel to the image in the mirror to make it look like a beveled glass mirror, and added a drop shadow on the wall to add realism. Once I had everything nearly complete, I had many layers...well...ok...and a virtual layer mess...nothing was labeled and I forgot what was what. I did a black and white conversion...but when I did, I only converted one layer. The image in the mirror was still in color....the rest black and white. I liked it, flattened all the damn layers and called it "done".

Wonderful experimental process Mike!  Isn't it great when something clicks, even if it wasn't planned that way?

Oct 26 07 11:54 am Link

Photographer

Caroline Ann Martin

Posts: 1761

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

I am just now finding this thread for the very first time... What a great idea! I'll be back to post a bit later smile

Caroline
-225 lbs

Oct 28 07 04:21 am Link

Photographer

EdBPhotography

Posts: 7679

Torrance, California, US

Craziest Benny wrote:
how i did it.

found the chair
told model get naked
told model sit

Nice Benny.  Umm...how are you with dogs? lol  j/k  LOVE this image Benny.

Oct 29 07 06:56 am Link

Photographer

EdBPhotography

Posts: 7679

Torrance, California, US

Caroline Ann Martin wrote:
I am just now finding this thread for the very first time... What a great idea! I'll be back to post a bit later smile

Caroline
-225 lbs

I look forward to hearing yours Caroline.  Some of the work you've posted has been just amazing.

Oct 29 07 06:56 am Link

Photographer

Fernon

Posts: 1544

Annapolis, Maryland, US

http://a340.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/68/l_0993a63710d942c7ec42825f3f09a523.jpg

My 1st win, just mess'n around one afternoon on our stoop.   My wife wanted to play dress up the beh bay.   She thinks he should be the new face of RL Polo.  He actually sits still and poses for you....wierd.   This shot came to life when my neighbor just around the corner fired up his harley.   The noise sparked my son Van's attention, and I quicky snaped this one.   My wife shouted " did you get it!"....sure enough this photo was cute enough to be voted in.   I have my hands full with this one, he is a dare devil!

Oct 29 07 07:30 am Link

Photographer

Justin Rashall

Posts: 124

Alexandria, Louisiana, US

LeDeux Art wrote:

the obcenaties that were being shouted at us from differant trailors in the trailor park were like this
F-ck you mother f_ckers gonna die if you dont get the f_ck outa here
the robbery 2 nights before happened in my sleep and I awoke to a stranger in my car with a pair of scissors
the camera i shot the image with was a early model cannon rebel with a peice of reflectave board and the sun as a light source.

Were they just screaming random obscenities for no reason?

Oct 29 07 07:30 am Link

Photographer

K E E L I N G

Posts: 39819

Peoria, Illinois, US

Fernon wrote:
http://a340.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/68/l_0993a63710d942c7ec42825f3f09a523.jpg

My 1st win, just mess'n around one afternoon on our stoop.   My wife wanted to play dress up the beh bay.   She thinks he should be the new face of RL Polo.  He actually sits still and poses for you....wierd.   This shot came to life when my neighbor just around the corner fired up his harley.   The noise sparked my son Van's attention, and I quicky snaped this one.   My wife shouted " did you get it!"....sure enough this photo was cute enough to be voted in.   I have my hands full with this one, he is a dare devil!

Noise from the Harley got the expression on his face, I Love it!  I've had that happen before with noises and got some pretty cool pics out of it, but never with a Model this good!  smile

Oct 29 07 12:45 pm Link

Photographer

K E E L I N G

Posts: 39819

Peoria, Illinois, US

This was my 4th and most recent win.  Again, I owe most of the credit to the Model here.  Before her move to Cali, Aspin Lea lived in a dinky little town North of St. Louis surrounded by Cornfields.  But her Dad was a local Fireman, and gave us permission to shoot in the Fire Station!  She's in her Dad's Gear, and this is actually taken on the back of their Big Truck, using the bottom of the American Flag that was hanging off the back.  Aspin did her own Hair and Makeup, and she also applied the "soot" to her face and the Kitty's.

A single Softbox, with a reflector on the opposite side, in a dark Fire Station at night.

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x180/yurphotoguy/Aspin%20Lea/Aspin045_RJ.jpg?t=1193676459

Oct 29 07 01:02 pm Link

Photographer

Markcomp

Posts: 40517

Royal Oak, Michigan, US

Taking the expressway to the office everyday was causing me a great amount of stress so I decided to leave the house a little earlier and take the back roads.  This shot was taken right after an ice storm had gone through. I was a little disapointed that there were already signs of hikers in the snow so I played with the shot in Photoshop until I got what I thought looked more like eneven snowfall and less like footprints.

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e38/markcomp/Resized/PAINTCREEKTRAIL.jpg

Oct 29 07 02:30 pm Link

Photographer

EdBPhotography

Posts: 7679

Torrance, California, US

markcomp wrote:
Taking the expressway to the office everyday was causing me a great amount of stress so I decided to leave the house a little earlier and take the back roads.  This shot was taken right after an ice storm had gone through. I was a little disapointed that there were already signs of hikers in the snow so I played with the shot in Photoshop until I got what I thought looked more like eneven snowfall and less like footprints.

Gorgeous image Mark.  Thanks for sharing.

Oct 29 07 03:33 pm Link

Photographer

LeDeux Art

Posts: 50123

San Ramon, California, US

Justin Rashall wrote:

Were they just screaming random obscenities for no reason?

not at all, we were on their terratory, there were children running all around us and when the voices started shouting the children scattered like they had bad batter, i dont think anyone was going to shoot us but the model and mua thought we best just leave

Oct 29 07 03:37 pm Link

Photographer

LeDeux Art

Posts: 50123

San Ramon, California, US

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee295/tntart/pod%20winners%20small/46f0a150139a9_m.jpg
this was shot with a beauty dish to the side as the model waded threw the pool, it was a really difficult shoot and the escort nearly drowned when he put on one of my dresses and jumped in the pool

Oct 29 07 03:40 pm Link

Photographer

K E E L I N G

Posts: 39819

Peoria, Illinois, US

Bumping the thread

Nov 07 07 07:27 pm Link

Photographer

Eboh Ajeroh

Posts: 1455

Washington, District of Columbia, US

My first win:
http://modelmayhm-2.vo.llnwd.net/d1/photos/071108/00/47329af40db22.jpg

Shot with Nikon D80 controlling two SB-800s.  One flash shooting into silver umbrella high up, the other with a blue gel, lighting a Sequins fabric background.  Very simple setup...the gorgeous model and amazing MUA made this shot work.

Nov 09 07 12:14 pm Link

Photographer

EdBPhotography

Posts: 7679

Torrance, California, US

Bump smile

Nov 10 07 02:59 pm Link

Photographer

Cobra Photography

Posts: 420

Gillette, Wyoming, US

http://k53.pbase.com/g2/42/577342/3/66396804.nI9M9wzx.jpg

My 1st of 4 wins, Amber called me needing a head shot for the Miss Colorado pageant.  We are outside and she is knelt down in front of a fence in the shade with light reflecting off a nasty old transformer box. 

Photoshop, converted to b/w then added yellow until the eyes really popped.  Was still using that dang glow filter back in 2003 to I think.

She got 2nd runner up.

Nov 10 07 03:58 pm Link

Photographer

jabberpics

Posts: 814

Savannah, Georgia, US

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h176/jabranst/catshower1.jpg


After doing a photoset with Shannon, she confessed that her cat takes showers with her and she wanted a pic of it. So we set up lights, attempted to sedate the cat and took a few shots, there were some with water in either of their eyes, a few scratches, but in the end we nailed it.
Although I do photoshop my images , neither one of their eye colors has been altered.


JB

Nov 10 07 04:39 pm Link

Photographer

jabberpics

Posts: 814

Savannah, Georgia, US

wow. I am good at killing threads. sad

Nov 12 07 03:16 pm Link

Photographer

Shades Of Gray

Posts: 1054

Colorado Springs, Colorado, US

http://modelmayhm-6.vo.llnwd.net/d1/photos/070814/21/46c26128cd538.jpg

Don't know if anyone is interested but in the interest of keeping this great thread going, here goes:

I met the model at a location that she had picked to do some basic shots for her.  The location was awful and we moved to her second choice location. I didn't like it either but we worked our way through most of her shots. Finally, I suggested that we do her bikini shots were I wanted to do my shots with her.  She agreed.  It worked out great.  The water in the creek was warm and she relaxed. We got some great shots for her.  I almost had to drag her out of the water. smile

It was time for her to do my shots now.  I wanted some native American images with some hundred year old Navajo blankets that I've had for years.  We shot in the ruins of an 1860 school house and it was getting late in the afternoon. The light was starting to get that magical temperature and she was totally into the mood of the theme.  I had almost too many good pictures to choose from. I was using my EF 85mm f1.2 for the first time.  It was a good day.

The work of Edward Curtis was my inspiration but I confess to taking substantial artistic liberties.  The are a few more from this shoot in my port if you would like to see them. They all have different textures applied to give them an old feel.

Nov 13 07 01:59 am Link

Photographer

EdBPhotography

Posts: 7679

Torrance, California, US

GraysOfShade wrote:
Don't know if anyone is interested but in the interest of keeping this great thread going, here goes:

I met the model at a location that she had picked to do some basic shots for her.  The location was awful and we moved to her second choice location. I didn't like it either but we worked our way through most of her shots. Finally, I suggested that we do her bikini shots were I wanted to do my shots with her.  She agreed.  It worked out great.  The water in the creek was warm and she relaxed. We got some great shots for her.  I almost had to drag her out of the water. smile

It was time for her to do my shots now.  I wanted some native American images with some hundred year old Navajo blankets that I've had for years.  We shot in the ruins of an 1860 school house and it was getting late in the afternoon. The light was starting to get that magical temperature and she was totally into the mood of the theme.  I had almost too many good pictures to choose from. I was using my EF 85mm f1.2 for the first time.  It was a good day.

The work of Edward Curtis was my inspiration but I confess to taking substantial artistic liberties.  The are a few more from this shoot in my port if you would like to see them. They all have different textures applied to give them an old feel.

Beautiful image.  Anyone else??

Nov 14 07 10:14 pm Link

Model

L E O III

Posts: 2534

Toledo, Ohio, US

This one was shot in the studio....not at a pool! The pic was taken by Mary Duprie....at the end of a long day.....didn't even want to do it.....she put the blue canvas behind me.....took off my shirt.....got a big tub of water.....slicked my hair back......stuck my face in the water......I would come up and she would fire off as many shots as she could to get the water dripping off my face........and thats how we did it. Many were surprised when I told them this was shot in a studio........

http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o2/lionthelion/water.jpg

Picture of the Day ~ June 12th, 2007

Nov 15 07 11:43 pm Link

Photographer

LeDeux Art

Posts: 50123

San Ramon, California, US

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee295/tntart/pod%20winners%20small/46ff11b0c21fa_m.jpg
this was another image from the three days I spent on my first production, on this day I added Lithium Picnic to the team for 4 hours, I hired him to show me how to light a closet and he basically showed me how to use my camera, I learned things in those 4 hours that have stayed with me to this day and was money well spent, Cindy McGrath was amazing and showed dancing skills that made everything work, we spent many weeks going over wardrobe ideas , I rounded the team out with one of the greatest living mua, Roshar. This was also the day that Lithium, Roshar and Cindy convinced me to learn photoshop

Nov 15 07 11:56 pm Link

Photographer

Lucinda Wedge

Posts: 4223

Littlerock, California, US

http://img6.modelmayhem.com/070326/19/460854835e86a.jpg
I was visiting my friend Swinda.  She's a clothing designer and I saw her newest gowns (in the picture).  I was immediately inspired by them.  I saw the shot in my head almost immediately.  I started going to the beach at different hours in the morning for the right blue color and I was hoping for fog, but it was the wrong season for fog.  I played with the gown and light in my studio prior to the shoot.  I looked for the right model and found her.  We all met at my house at 3:30 am for make-up and hair.  We had to be at the beach and set up by 5 am.  I knew (from going there) that we had about half an hour of the light I wanted to get this set-up and shot. . I had several photographer friends helping out.  We had it all planned out who would do what.  There's a very heavy double sided frosted plexi 2 inch thick 2X2X2 box under her with a light in it.  I had an assistant dress her on the box and twist the dress around to reduce the chance of the box showing as a square underneathe (from my testing in the studio).  She is also lit from the side, both lights were alien bee's with the battery pack.  There's a notch cut into the bottom back of the iced box she's standing on for the cord.  The box is on a large plastic tarp to keep the dress clean, so I had to photoshop out the tarp and the cord.  Otherwise there was no other photoshop.   I metered the ambient light and closed down one from that reading to make her pop a bit more and the sky to be a deeper blue. Then made sure my lights metered at one stop more than the ambient light.
I was lucky to have such a wonderful team of talented and helpful people with me.

Nov 18 07 04:02 am Link

Photographer

Lucinda Wedge

Posts: 4223

Littlerock, California, US

Leo 3 wrote:
This one was shot in the studio....not at a pool! The pic was taken by Mary Duprie....at the end of a long day.....didn't even want to do it.....she put the blue canvas behind me.....took off my shirt.....got a big tub of water.....slicked my hair back......stuck my face in the water......I would come up and she would fire off as many shots as she could to get the water dripping off my face........and thats how we did it. Many were surprised when I told them this was shot in a studio........

http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o2/lionthelion/water.jpg

Picture of the Day ~ June 12th, 2007

That is soooo cool.  I thought you were in a pool also smile

Nov 18 07 04:04 am Link