Littlerock, California, US
I didn't realise this thread existed til the POD thread had to start over again - then I noticed it on the first page. I'm sure others aren't aware of it as well So BUMP!
Nov 18 07 07:16 pm Link
How 'bout some from some of the latest winners?
Nov 22 07 09:30 am Link
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Kaleigh Dey is a model with Elmer Olsen Models, Toronto, Canada (www.elmerolsenmodels.com). We were shooting images for her book and for the agency as a test. We'd shot all the images we intended to, but I loved this outfit and decided it would shoot well against the red seamless to the make the gold stand out. We didn't change her hair or makeup, as the series of photos needed to be consistent looks throughout the day.
This image was simply captured with an Alien Bee 1600 w/s strobe with a 24x32 softbox on a boom stand to her right. I had it raised about two feet higher than her - she's 6'-6'1" tall in heels. I angled the light slightly down to allow for a lot of fall off and to light the dress while still creating shadow, texture and not too much light on the seamless. The AB was metered for f~8, iso 100, 125th second.
Nov 22 07 09:40 am Link
Peeping Tom the first of a new series shot at leDeux Manor
This is an example of everything going right, the model was the escort to a model I was shooting, I fell in love and convinced her to put down the reflector and do a little modeling for me. she agreed and trusted me enough to go in the bathroom and undress while I creeped around the back of the house and shot her threw the window, to shoot a voyeur series you must voyeur a little, right ? shot with my fixed 50 mm lens with a f stop capacity of 1.8 and my lowlight soft box that I swung around the top of the bathroom door, I used the mirror and green walls as fill and that boys and girls is why the folks that dont allow escorts will NEVER have an experiance like the one I was fortunate enough to have
Nov 22 07 12:21 pm Link
Lucinda Wedge wrote:
spread the word
Nov 22 07 12:22 pm Link
LeDeux Art wrote:
Ok, I wanna' shoot your escort.
Nov 22 07 04:31 pm Link
Royal Oak, Michigan, US
LeDeux Art wrote:
This is a beautiful photo and if all escorts looked like her we would rather be robbed and killed than to miss that shot.
Nov 25 07 09:36 pm Link
Charleston, South Carolina, US
Was sent to shoot a local boxing match for a magazine and was pretty unprepared from an equipment standpoint (Digital Rebel and my only lens faster than 5.6 was the EF 50mm f/1.8).
I bs'd my way down to the judges' table (the key is to just act like your supposed to be there..I just nodded to the security guy and walked right on in) and started looking for my shots. There were a few bouts on the undercard for me to practice up on, which was nice.
I opened the lens up, cranked up the ISO, and finally came to the conclusion that the ropes weren't going anywhere. So, just made them a part of my composition and waited.
Converted to BW in photoshop, partly because it added to the drama but mostly because of the extreme amount of color noise in the image.
more of those at http://photo.net/photodb/folder?folder_id=625747 if you're interested
Nov 25 07 10:08 pm Link
Denver, Colorado, US
Lucinda Wedge wrote:
well worth it, it's truely wonderful
Nov 25 07 10:20 pm Link
Costa Mesa, California, US
This was made back in 1983 with a Hasselblad and 50mm Distagon lens. I used a Gitzo tripod and a Pentax 1 Degree spotmeter. Another essential piece of equipment was my 400cc Scrambler which Juge (the model) and I rode 3 or 4 miles down this drainage area for some creek that empties into the Ohio river at Cincinnati. It was an over cast day and we were in open shade so the tripod was necessary. So was holding still. I made 5 shots to be sure I had one as she was not used to this sort of posing AND the water was a bit chilly. I got 3 good ones and this was my favorite until recently when I scanned the other two and composited elements out of all 3 into a new composition I now like better. I always loved the square format and wide angles. And back in my B&W days (OK I guess I STILL do a lot of B&W but I shoot color now too) I always went for long exposures and little to no sunlight. Then I could create the mood with my lighting, development and printing.
Nov 25 07 10:31 pm Link
Nashville, Tennessee, US
Nina Lynn approached me with the idea of shooting donuts and told me she would see if she could get Dunkin Donuts to contribute. A few days and 800 donuts later we did the shoot then won Pic of the Day with this shot. Thank you Dunkin Donuts and Model Mayhem's Pic of the Day.
Nov 26 07 07:40 am Link
Bridgeton, New Jersey, US
Steve Thornton wrote:
Love this shot as well as all your work, Very Inspiring!! Thanks Great Thread
Nov 26 07 08:24 am Link
Oakland, New Jersey, US
I drive by this location on a daily basis...
...& had been wanting to shoot there for well over a year...and found the perfect model in Giselle!
I really was interested in a larger field of view to take in the whole diner (there is another photo in my book here, more to edit) with the model posing dramatically in a silver, metallic dress.
I am such a headshot junkie that I decided to get in tighter and play with some of the reflective surfaces as a backdrop. Switched to a 60mm f/2.8...too tight for a 105mm and had Giselle move in against some of the reflective panels. When she moved into this corner and the grid of light was projected onto her face, I was stunned and excited.
This shot was taken 15 mins before sunset at metered and shot at f/4.0, 1/750, ISO 100. In post I cleaned up the skin a little
(great MUA: www.modelmayhem.com/member.php?id=152351)
and saturated the blues to add color to the backdrop.
Nov 29 07 04:15 am Link
Portland, Oregon, US
There is so much emotion in his eyes. I love the detail of the wrinkles. Fabulous capture.
Nov 29 07 06:23 am Link
Amazing image. As a fellow photojournalist, I love it.
Nov 30 07 01:45 pm Link
SYLMAR, California, US
i won this one 11/21/07
but it was shot in early august when i was going thru some personal trials and my life seemed to be coming down around me. i had shot with ezra before and i knew the image i was going for so i called him and asked him if he was willing to try to shoot shoot this for me and off to his place i went. i laid out the sheets and tucked myself in and talked to ez about what was going on and just let out my heartache. im wearing mascara and lip gloss( i think my lips were sunburnt)... hes shooting with a borrowed camera (cause his took a dive into the pool during a shoot) and holding a single halogen flashlight over me. i did the photoshop work, which was a bit of desat and sharpening, and dimming down the back. its one of my favorite images to date and im really proud that it won because it has really reflected the pain i was going thru.
thanks to ezra mm#25940 for being able to shoot it even tho it wasnt glamorous or sexy
Nov 30 07 04:05 pm Link
Greenbelt, Maryland, US
I dont know how you add an image in with your response!?!?!? Can some one tell me how so I can add one with my comment. You can email me directly.
Nov 30 07 04:51 pm Link
AMIEL Mr August wrote:
I sent you an email.
Dec 01 07 05:29 am Link
Peoria, Illinois, US
This one won a couple of days ago, November 30, 2007. Last month, me and Meg decided to go to our local "Bark in the Park" that is held once a year to benefit the Humane Society. Now you've gotta go to one of these things to understand the near impossibility of getting a planned shot. There's Hundreds of Dogs, and to say they're a little jacked up would be an understatement.
We got a whole bunch of just bleh snapshots, and then we came to a booth for a local organization that supplies companion dogs for shut-ins and handicapped people. They had this guy (although PJB Archives insists it's me, LoL) and a big Sheepdog, and we started with the sheepdog, but nothing came of it other than a huge slobberfest all over Meg. Then this guy enters the picture. His owner held a treat just off camera right and had him jump for it, but the problem was, she wouldn't warn me before she'd have him jump! It's a real bear to get the shot composed right when you sit around for 45 seconds with nothing happening, and then all of a sudden have the dog spring off the ground, especially when your laying on your stomach in the grass to get the shot, and other dogs coming along and crawling all over you. We walked away from the event having had a blast, but really dissapointed with our shots, and then when I got home and looked at the frames, I almost jumped out of my skin when I saw this one!
Technically, pretty simple stuff. Natural light, no reflector, just carefull prepositioning to make sure the Sun struck her right. No skin smoothing, that's all Meg (and I think the skin looks so perfect because of the Sheepdog slobber, LoL). The only thing besides contrast and colors done to the picture, was converting the image from raw at 2 different exposures of the same image, and overlapping them to get the sky exposed right with the rest of the image. The clouds and everything are real though.
Dec 02 07 01:14 pm Link
Peoria, Illinois, US
Bumping the thread!
Dec 15 07 12:06 pm Link
Grand Marais, Minnesota, US
Craig Seay wrote:
I feel realy Odd and uncomfortable saying this to you as you are a amazing photog but I LOVE thsi shot of the piano player but would love to see that damn seam go away? LOL!! What do you think of that??
Dec 16 07 03:40 pm Link
Ok, now I KNOW there are more stories than these...
Dec 18 07 08:25 pm Link
Albany, New York, US
Ed Burns Photography wrote:
Technically, I didn't win this shot, the model did. I just shot it.
Dec 18 07 10:49 pm Link
Cocoa, Florida, US
Wow it's time for me to get out to shoot more!!
Dec 19 07 03:29 am Link
Culver City, California, US
I just received the word of my 4th POD win.
First let me give thanks to all those who voted and more importantly to...
1. The Model.. Vermont.
She did her own wardrobe and props!
2. Hair and MUA.. Kurumi aka Sushi Mama!
The winning Image..
We shot this in my studio..
I used two AB's and one photogenic light which I bounced off the ceiling..
1 AB was bounced off a white board on the side of the mask..
The other AB was used to light her face...
We only took a total of 146 frames...It was a very short shoot and we knew we had some awesome stuff from the start...
I have more showing the really cool dress as well.. But this image really jumped out at me.. Look at that wicked make up job..
I was certainly the weakest link on this shoot..
I suggest working with both of these amazing artist..
Last, I would like to say the POD is a great opportunity to showcase your work and participate in a wonderful competition.
It is not easy to win and I wish more people would submit images. I do not submit often because it is tough. Please continue to keep it's integrity in tact.
I am always inspired and even jealous of the images I see there.
A win there is a nod from your peers, so let's keep it real..
Keep it rockin and Happy New Year..
Jan 08 08 03:38 am Link
Great job, and great image. Ok, I still wanna' see the POTD Year in Review 2007 coffee table book. Who do I have to sleep with to make this happen??
Jan 08 08 05:06 am Link
Jan 08 08 05:25 am Link
Worland, Wyoming, US
I feel so blessed to have gotten two POTD.
This picture was taken in the early morning light. My model Keshia was spending the night with my husband and I while her folks were away on business.
Keshia got up showered got her hair and make-up done and came in and woke me up about six in the morning. She told me to get my camera she wanted to take pictures. So I washed my face grabbed my camera and we got in the car and started to head for the park.
My neigbor was out walking and flagged me down to talk and I told her what we were doing she opened the gates to her gated property and told me I did not need a park. She got the most beautiful property behind those closed gates. I drive by the property everyday but had never been behind the gates.
The light was early morning light and perfect. We shoot for about an hour and half and than I took Keshia to school.
Keshia to young to be on Model Mayhem but her online portfolio can be found here. She was worked with some outstanding photographers.
Jan 08 08 05:32 am Link
Worland, Wyoming, US
I feel blessed to have gotten two POTD.
I have worked with Keshia for three years and this image was from the first shoot I ever did with her. She was nine at the time this was taken.
Keshia's mom (Barb) had been a MUA, clothes stylist and hair artist in the modeling industry for 30 years. Keshia's folks are a little older.
Dave Feiling a New York Photographer at the time (he lives in LA now) was flying out to Wyoming to shoot Keshia and wanted location and clothing images taken. So Barb and I loaded Keshia up and went to the mountains to my dad's ranch. The lighting was perfect and we put her on a big rock and I took this image high in the mountains.
Keshia is to young to be on Model Mayhem she will be 13 next week. But she has a wonderful portfolio and it can viewed here. She has been shot by some very talented photographers.
Jan 08 08 05:59 am Link
Culver City, California, US
Pfrangle Images wrote:
Can I just say your images with this lovely young lady are simply wonderful, I voted for you for Monday.
Jan 08 08 06:26 am Link
Weston, Florida, US
bump, i'd love to see more of these
Jan 17 08 12:03 pm Link
My second POD winner....This was my third photo shoot. Leo C was hosting a beach shoot out at Dewey Beach, DE. So, the location was already taken care of, this was Kate's 1st shoot. There were 5 photographers and 5 models, we just took turns with models swapping them every once and awhile. Kate is hanging off a Hobbie Cat on the port side. I asked her to jump up there and play the part, snapped a couple and wha la! No fancy equiptment, reflector, just me her and my kit lens
Jan 17 08 12:37 pm Link
My 3rd win!
My wife at her parents house, they have a private water front home on the Severn River in Severna Park, MD. This is a popular land mark and drinking spot for the local kids. They call it "Prates Rock"
This was some of my first work ever. I used my 3.2 Canon powershot A70. I just told her to go out there and look beautiful. What else are you susposed to say to get your wife to pose for you It was kinda dark, I think it was in the late afternoon, not sure though I was kinda drunk. Some clouds were rolling in and we decided to stop soon after. I'm not good at photoshop, I used some sort of filter on it and messed with the clouds a bit. Oh yeah and used the selective focus thingy, to get some blur around her. Its is one of my favorites; I'm in the process of blowing it up to a poster size for my living room.
Jan 17 08 12:48 pm Link
Jamaica, New York, US
I was out of material so I cobbled this together instead, we Need HOTT postings! Visit the thread today...
Jan 17 08 12:55 pm Link
My 4th and most recent win:
We were at my friend Russ's house in his backyard taking a cig break and telling jokes, she looked great so I quickly grabbed this one. She has such a great smile, and was so fun to work with. It was freaking cold outside BTW. Thanks To everyone who has ever voted for my work, I'm just an amature and going on my 6 month of shooting; I'm so thrilled to be on the cool kids list of winners!
Jan 17 08 12:56 pm Link
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US
Wow! 6 months? You're work is wonderful, keep up the great work!
Jan 17 08 01:55 pm Link
This is gorgeous! I must've missed that day of voting.
Jan 18 08 12:12 pm Link
My 5th win:
Stephanie, MUA Crystal Banks, my living room laying on my ottoman that I covered with a white table cloth. This shot was taken next to my sliding glass window that the seal is busted on the inside, so the glass is fogged up. It diffuses the natural light very nicely, she posed her self I took the picture. Nothing to fancy, my work never is.
Jan 23 08 08:07 am Link
Calabasas, California, US
Hmmm...how do I find a list of the past winners?
Jan 23 08 08:12 am Link
Ed Burns Photography wrote:
Mr Burns, this is a lovely idea...how can we make this happen?
Jan 23 08 08:16 am Link