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Photographer

Sleepy Weasel

Posts: 4667

Castle Rock, Colorado, US

I would love to see some daring images created by folks using models at famous/recognizable locations (inside or outside). I'd even like to create a list for it. I can't recall any I've seen on MM, but I'm sure they exist, so I'd love to see them.

I'm not talking about snapshots or tourist photos - I mean actual planned professional style photos with a model in front of a location that would be recognized...you know, like on the 50 yd line of an NFL stadium field, Graceland, the Playboy Mansion, Golden Gate Bridge, Machu Pichu, the Empire State Building, Bonneville Salt Flats, Times Square, the Kremlin, the Taj Mahal, the White House, whatever... wink

I shoot a lot of nudes, so of course, that would make it even more daring to see, so please roll those out, too. I'm not expecting anything illegal or mind-blowing here...just would like to see what you all have come up with. Include some back story, too!

I'll start with one that didn't involve a *ton* of risk (easy for me to say, since I wasn't the one laying naked on a highway in the middle of the desert), but there was enough traffic coming and going that it took probably an hour to get prepped and get this shot. It's a recognizable location--Monument Valley in Utah (variations of this landscape scene have graced the covers of a lot of U.S. travel guides):

18+

I'd love to see yours, too!

EDIT TO ADD: I did find one I added to my list - Gary Breckheimer and Rebecca Lawrence across from Radio City Music Hall in NYC (added to my list). I'm sure he has more, but didn't see any specifically in his MM portfolio.

Oct 14 12 07:24 am Link

Photographer

Black Dog Studios RI

Posts: 279

Providence, Rhode Island, US

Here's a few:

Gateway Arch, St. Louis NSFW 18+:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/27271096
Back story:
Checked with the National Park Service rangers ahead of time, who suggested the best time to shoot. Heavy overcast killed most of the light. Had a close encounter with a jogger, but no real troubles to talk about.

New York Stock Exchange, New York:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/26362236
Back story:
Fairly slow weekend day around noon. Small crowd nearby. Cop halfway down the block didn't pay us any attention.

Times Square, New York NSFW 18+:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30125311
Back story:
Easy as pie. While waiting for the model to arrive, a young woman tourist posed in the chair, getting a big laugh out of it. For the real shoot, we planned four exposures, two each (horz and vert) of two poses. From first exposure to last took 18 seconds. Model was disappointed no one seemed to notice. (We shot later on a full subway car, and she got applause, which seemed to make up for her Times Square disappointment.)

Brooklyn Bridge, New York NSFW 18+:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30125290
Back story:
Took about 10 minutes for the bridge to be clear enough of passersby to shoot without people getting between me and the model. Less than five minutes after we finished, the diabetes walk came across the bridge, flooding it wall-to-wall with thousands of people.

Fenway Park, Boston NSFW 18+:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/29254758
Back story:
Two different state cops stopped and questioned us, and then told us we were OK.

Massachusetts State House, Boston NSFW 18+:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/29062728
Back story:
Early morning on a weekend, but the Common was busier than expected. Waited for a gap in the flow of people.

Rhode Island State House, Providence NSFW 18+:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/28895738
Back story:
None. Place was deserted. Model and I joked we could have shot a full-fledged orgy with no one noticing.

Oct 14 12 11:14 am Link

Photographer

Sleepy Weasel

Posts: 4667

Castle Rock, Colorado, US

Nice! Want more! Come on, people!

It's almost cheating in NYC since it's legal to be nude to pose. wink But that Brooklyn Bridge shot with all those people in it would have been amazing if you had waited!

The Arch one was a nice steal.

Oct 14 12 03:29 pm Link

Model

Ashley Haven Nudes

Posts: 2442

Queen Creek, Arizona, US

(18+)
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pi … 5#13119065

That's the golden gate bridge in the background.

Oct 14 12 04:47 pm Link

Model

Bunny Bombshell

Posts: 11752

Huntington, West Virginia, US

These shots feature buildings that are well known locally/regionally that would most likely require permits to shoot at:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/091124/08/4b0c0db5a33e5_m.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110701/16/4e0e51c228fd7_m.jpg

Oct 14 12 04:52 pm Link

Photographer

udor

Posts: 22610

New York, New York, US

Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

Body paint by Andy Golub and Craig Tracy, model is Trisha and photos by me.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120930/06/5068487db8268.jpg

Oct 14 12 05:43 pm Link

Photographer

THE IMAGE EDGE

Posts: 62

Portland, Oregon, US

This one is in Oregon at the Multnomah Falls National Scenic area, shooting on the bridge in front of the falls:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/1340953#27253002

This one is at the Bite of Oregon annual food and wine festival.
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/29944112

This is in front of the Tom Mccall Waterfront Park fountain in downtown Portland, Oregon.
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30284377

Oct 14 12 10:32 pm Link

Photographer

Kirra Jayde

Posts: 352

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Shot this in July smile

http://sphotos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/553570_10151075487476246_1475680278_n.jpg

The model is also from Melbourne, we both just happened to see on Facebook that we were both in Paris!

Oct 14 12 10:43 pm Link

Photographer

Paolo Diavolo

Posts: 8862

Martinez, California, US

Sleepy Weasel wrote:
I'm not talking about snapshots or tourist photos - I mean actual planned professional style photos with a model in front of a location that would be recognized...you know, like on the 50 yd line of an NFL stadium field, Graceland, the Playboy Mansion, Golden Gate Bridge, Machu Pichu, the Empire State Building, Bonneville Salt Flats, Times Square, the Kremlin, the Taj Mahal, the White House, whatever... wink

slightly off topic, but i purposely avoid famous locations near me (San Francisco) because to me they look like tourist photos. granted they may be higher quality,... then they just look like advertising material. but they always have a feeling of "hey look at me i was here!"

anyone else avoid landmarks for this reason?


EDIT:

*puts foot in mouth*

hahaha I just found this image i took, in a model's port:

(it started to rain, but she still wanted to shoot)
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120426/10/4f99865ff02a7_m.jpg

Oct 15 12 02:59 am Link

Photographer

Select Models

Posts: 36284

Upland, California, US

You tell ME where this place is... wink

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v330/GaryAbigt/Shodire20.jpg

Oct 15 12 03:14 am Link

Photographer

Sleepy Weasel

Posts: 4667

Castle Rock, Colorado, US

Good stuff - keep them coming.  But to be more specific, like with the Golden gate Bridge, I was hoping more for something shot ON the bridge, not just as a background (otherwise, any city scape would be considered). Or ON the Eiffel Tower, etc.

I have to admit, some of those buildings I don't recognize. They just look like generic storefronts to me. lol

I think the touristy-ness of the photos depends how you shoot them. With Ashely's (above), it doesn't appear tourist-y to me....maybe because she's nude, and therefore doesn't come across as a snapshot, per se.

I realize many 'famous' places probably require permits to shoot in them or in front of them, and that may be why it's tougher to get a shot like that--takes more planning than a guerilla/spontaneous shoot.

Oct 15 12 08:47 am Link

Photographer

Black Dog Studios RI

Posts: 279

Providence, Rhode Island, US

The Golden Gate is my favorite West Coast bridge. (I'll let you guess which is my favorite on the East Coast. smile ) Would love to see it more prominently in photos that fit this category.

Oct 15 12 09:01 pm Link

Photographer

JeremyH

Posts: 122

Brighton, England, United Kingdom

Eiffel Tower, 3am, early June. There were still quite a few people around and so it took about 40 minutes of hanging about before we felt comfortable going for it. Even then a couple of passing taxi drivers got a good view! Shot handheld at f/2.0, ISO 1600 with only ambient street lighting

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/29267400 18+

Oct 16 12 04:51 am Link

Photographer

Vito

Posts: 4180

Brooklyn, New York, US

Select Models wrote:
You tell ME where this place is... wink

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v330/GaryAbigt/Shodire20.jpg

Easy, Venetian in Las Vegas

Oct 16 12 05:03 am Link

Photographer

Black Dog Studios RI

Posts: 279

Providence, Rhode Island, US

JeremyH wrote:
Eiffel Tower, 3am, early June.

Why not a daytime shoot?

Oct 16 12 05:36 am Link

Photographer

Sleepy Weasel

Posts: 4667

Castle Rock, Colorado, US

JeremyH wrote:
Eiffel Tower, 3am, early June. There were still quite a few people around and so it took about 40 minutes of hanging about before we felt comfortable going for it. Even then a couple of passing taxi drivers got a good view! Shot handheld at f/2.0, ISO 1600 with only ambient street lighting

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/29267400 18+

Nice!

Oct 16 12 06:48 am Link

Photographer

MesmerEyes Photography

Posts: 3100

Tyler, Texas, US

http://i1274.photobucket.com/albums/y435/MesmerEyesPhotoraphy/DSCN2085_zpsb8e3ba23.jpg

Oct 16 12 06:55 am Link

Photographer

Black Dog Studios RI

Posts: 279

Providence, Rhode Island, US

MesmerEyes Photography wrote:
http://i1274.photobucket.com/albums/y435/MesmerEyesPhotoraphy/DSCN2085_zpsb8e3ba23.jpg

Where is that?

Oct 16 12 03:38 pm Link

Photographer

Black Dog Studios RI

Posts: 279

Providence, Rhode Island, US

Apparently the OP is not coming back to this thread. Anybody know where the museum photo is from?

Oct 18 12 06:52 pm Link

Photographer

MesmerEyes Photography

Posts: 3100

Tyler, Texas, US

Black Dog Studios RI wrote:
Apparently the OP is not coming back to this thread. Anybody know where the museum photo is from?

The Menger in San Antonio, TX.

Jul 27 13 11:12 pm Link

Photographer

Art Silva

Posts: 9526

Santa Barbara, California, US

Jul 27 13 11:31 pm Link

Photographer

Select Models

Posts: 36284

Upland, California, US

Here's another one... guess where?

https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/1074615_10201027298796031_217170630_o.jpg

Jul 28 13 12:28 am Link

Photographer

Rick Dupuis Photography

Posts: 6822

Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada

The most famous landmark in eastern Canada. The Peggy's Cove Lighthouse.
+18
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31608336

Jul 29 13 06:31 pm Link

Photographer

Raoul Isidro Images

Posts: 6342

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Jul 29 13 06:47 pm Link

Photographer

Brian T Rickey

Posts: 4008

Saint Louis, Missouri, US

On the Golden Gate Bridge and the other is overlooking San Francisco

http://brianrickey.zenfolio.com/img/s10/v108/p1666143458-4.jpg
http://brianrickey.zenfolio.com/img/s9/v93/p1660115727-4.jpg

Jul 29 13 06:50 pm Link

Model

Jules NYC

Posts: 16683

New York, New York, US

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c61/jbilotta/IMG_4803-2.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c61/jbilotta/julie_nyc48.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c61/jbilotta/More%20good%20times/Jules/IMG_4828.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c61/jbilotta/extended_small.jpg

Jul 30 13 12:38 am Link

Photographer

November Light

Posts: 52

San Francisco, California, US

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130121/09/50fd7cacb2b54.jpg

Jul 30 13 02:17 pm Link

Model

JadeDRed

Posts: 5546

London, England, United Kingdom

Jul 30 13 03:27 pm Link

Photographer

tenrocK photo

Posts: 5435

New York, New York, US

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Jul 31 13 01:08 am Link

Photographer

Sleepy Weasel

Posts: 4667

Castle Rock, Colorado, US

Black Dog Studios RI wrote:
Apparently the OP is not coming back to this thread. Anybody know where the museum photo is from?

There weren't a lot of posts...and I've been lurking. It's a group participation thread. No need to wait for me!

I don't recognize a lot of the images/locations being posted, either. sad

tenrocK photo wrote:
My friend Gary has some cool stuff here: http://www.modelmayhem.com/10855

I mentioned him in my OP. I need to scour his credited photos for more pics.

Jul 31 13 09:37 am Link

Model

Kaela Kino

Posts: 72

Duluth, Minnesota, US

Ya'll might not know where this is, but it is a popular tourist place in Duluth, MN during the summer. We took this shot during the winter, when the location is pretty much devoid of people.

Check out Split Rock Lighthouse State Park!
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31293827

Jul 31 13 09:44 am Link

Model

NicoleNudes

Posts: 3958

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

How about the american stock exchange? 18+
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/32046222

Jul 31 13 09:46 am Link

Photographer

Sleepy Weasel

Posts: 4667

Castle Rock, Colorado, US

Kaela Kino wrote:
Ya'll might not know where this is, but it is a popular tourist place in Duluth, MN during the summer. We took this shot during the winter, when the location is pretty much devoid of people.

Check out Split Rock Lighthouse State Park!
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31293827

Not sure I'd call it "famous" in the sense I was thinking of, but a really nice photo regardless!

NicoleNudes wrote:
How about the american stock exchange? 18+
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/32046222

Yeah, I think that counts!

Jul 31 13 10:17 am Link

Photographer

Mark C Smith

Posts: 933

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Sleepy Weasel wrote:
I'll start with one that didn't involve a *ton* of risk (easy for me to say, since I wasn't the one laying naked on a highway in the middle of the desert), but there was enough traffic coming and going that it took probably an hour to get prepped and get this shot. It's a recognizable location--Monument Valley in Utah (variations of this landscape scene have graced the covers of a lot of U.S. travel guides):

18+

Forgive my ignorance but how was the model not burnt (or at the very least incredibly uncomfortable) laying on asphalt under the desert sun? Was it just a matter of shoot quickly?

Jul 31 13 02:14 pm Link

Photographer

Dan Howell Tearsheets

Posts: 572

Jersey City, New Jersey, US

Select Models wrote:
Here's another one... guess where?

if you have to guess, doesn't that negate the premise of the OP of being famous?

Jul 31 13 06:45 pm Link

Photographer

Dan Howell Tearsheets

Posts: 572

Jersey City, New Jersey, US

d/p

Jul 31 13 06:45 pm Link