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Photographer

DAN CRUIKSHANK

Posts: 1786

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Last week I was able to complete my second nude shoot with a pretty amazing model! Shot just outside of Banff National Park last Sunday, it was about 3 degrees celsius (37ish fahrenheit). It was cold, but she was a trooper!

I would love any feedback or advice on how I can continue to improve smile

1. http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30591006
2. http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30591008 (18+)
3. http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30591003 (18+)
4. http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30591004 (18+)

Thanks for taking a look!

Nov 10 12 04:19 pm Link

Photographer

SSR Designs

Posts: 471

Bartlesville, Oklahoma, US

Dan,

The first one is THE ONE.  That is a magical photo and one I would proudly display a very large print of in my office (If I could afford it)

The only constructive feedback I can offer is that the fourth one seems a little flat due to the angle you shot the llama.  I believe just one inch up would have been stunning.

The two middle ones show incredible range for the llama and are great supporting shots for the first one, but that first one says a lot to me.

I see struggle, majesty, beauty, destruction, dismay, all of these things wrapped up into one incredible shot.  Well done sir.

Nov 10 12 04:23 pm Link

Photographer

Outer Limit Photography

Posts: 17

Birch Bay, Washington, US

Your use of available light to show off this goddess is excellent and the location is perfect. really enjoyed viewing your stellar work.

Nov 10 12 04:31 pm Link

Model

Nikki Magnusson

Posts: 6841

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

1...http://a1.ec-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/129/56355047c63340658461981eb7b5a3a6/l.gif

Nov 10 12 04:34 pm Link

Photographer

SquareCats

Posts: 46

Long Beach, California, US

the first and third ones are the best.

Nov 10 12 04:39 pm Link

Photographer

NumaelDario

Posts: 1017

San Francisco, California, US

They are all amazing images!!

Nov 10 12 04:50 pm Link

Model

Julia Francesca

Posts: 2365

Maumee, Ohio, US

wow, i love them!! great work!

Nov 10 12 04:54 pm Link

Photographer

LLOYD WRIGHT

Posts: 664

Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom

hi dan,

the first is my favourite but they all show your usual eye, mood and class!

cheers ears
lloyd

Nov 10 12 04:54 pm Link

Photographer

Jeffrey M Fletcher

Posts: 4344

Asheville, North Carolina, US

I'm also knocked out by the first image, it's stunning. It's a good set, my compliments.

Nov 10 12 04:57 pm Link

Photographer

DAN CRUIKSHANK

Posts: 1786

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

SSR Designs wrote:
Dan,

The first one is THE ONE.  That is a magical photo and one I would proudly display a very large print of in my office (If I could afford it)

The only constructive feedback I can offer is that the fourth one seems a little flat due to the angle you shot the model.  I believe just one inch up would have been stunning.

The two middle ones show incredible range for the model and are great supporting shots for the first one, but that first one says a lot to me.

I see struggle, majesty, beauty, destruction, dismay, all of these things wrapped up into one incredible shot.  Well done sir.

Thanks! I understand what you are talking about regarding the fourth image... I will keep it in mind next time I shoot something like that smile

Nov 10 12 04:58 pm Link

Photographer

DAN CRUIKSHANK

Posts: 1786

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Thanks for the kind words guys, glad you like them smile

Nov 10 12 05:04 pm Link

Photographer

In Its Own Way

Posts: 165

Fort Wayne, Indiana, US

SSR Designs wrote:
Dan,

The first one is THE ONE.  That is a magical photo and one I would proudly display a very large print of in my office (If I could afford it)...

I see struggle, majesty, beauty, destruction, dismay, all of these things wrapped up into one incredible shot.  Well done sir.

+1 Fantastic shot

Nov 10 12 05:07 pm Link

Photographer

jkcphotography

Posts: 50

Saint Louis, Missouri, US

In Its Own Way wrote:

+1 Fantastic shot

+2 wow nice work

Nov 10 12 05:21 pm Link

Photographer

JAE

Posts: 2140

West Chester, Pennsylvania, US

First three are really well done.  As mentioned earlier the angle on the 4th one is a bit odd.  Overall very nice series.  Thanks for sharing.

Nov 10 12 05:44 pm Link

Photographer

DAN CRUIKSHANK

Posts: 1786

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

JAE Photography PA wrote:
First three are really well done.  As mentioned earlier the angle on the 4th one is a bit odd.  Overall very nice series.  Thanks for sharing.

Thanks! smile

Nov 10 12 05:59 pm Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6375

Champaign, Illinois, US

I like your foreground aspects and the setting. Not wild about the model being in color and the rest is mono......but that is my taste. Overall I like

Nov 10 12 06:15 pm Link

Model

Kelly Kooper

Posts: 1034

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The first and third are winners for me Dan.

You have a great eye for art nude.

Nov 10 12 06:19 pm Link

Photographer

Orca Bay Images

Posts: 32233

Lodi, California, US

For me, first (!) and second.

Wonderful use of light.

Nov 10 12 06:42 pm Link

Photographer

PTPhotoUT

Posts: 1961

Salt Lake City, Utah, US

You did the right thing by hiring one of the best llamas.

Nov 10 12 06:49 pm Link

Photographer

DAN CRUIKSHANK

Posts: 1786

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

PTPhotoUT wrote:
You did the right thing by hiring one of the best models.

I definitely feel lucky to have been able to work with her smile

Nov 10 12 07:02 pm Link

Model

Lauren Grace

Posts: 1906

Louisville, Kentucky, US

Love #1

But the real reason I'm commenting is because I've been there! Visited Jasper National Park once and drove all over! LOVED it so much and can't wait to go back! GORGEOUS country!

Nov 10 12 07:04 pm Link

Photographer

DAN CRUIKSHANK

Posts: 1786

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Lauren Grace wrote:
Love #1

But the real reason I'm commenting is because I've been there! Visited Jasper National Park once and drove all over! LOVED it so much and can't wait to go back! GORGEOUS country!

I love it smile

Nov 10 12 07:06 pm Link

Photographer

Trulives Photography

Posts: 288

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

SquareCats wrote:
the first and third ones are the best.

Agreed ... very nice work!

Nov 10 12 07:07 pm Link

Photographer

Eros Fine Art Photo

Posts: 2600

Torrance, California, US

#1 is definitely the best.  Great location, good pose, good mood, good composition, good lighting, etc.  I can't help but think it would be far more compelling as a black & white image though.  It would really isolate the model from the rest of the image and, IMHO, make the mood that much deeper.

Nov 10 12 07:11 pm Link

Photographer

Burn The Bowery

Posts: 4

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

Really fantastic location. Just agog. If I were developing, I'd saturate a little more ochre or rust into the first and have a serious look at cropping into the feet of shot number 2. I think 2 is good as is but looking for the "picture within the picture" I found that the angles, textures and colors of her feet in closeup were very interesting. Great work!

Nov 10 12 07:25 pm Link

Photographer

SYCF

Posts: 276

Los Angeles, California, US

love the first one, the shadow on hip in the 3rd is nice as well.

Nov 10 12 07:31 pm Link

Photographer

dgold

Posts: 10273

North Smithfield, Rhode Island, US

Images #1 , 2  and #3 are for me  !
Awesome images and beauty.

Nov 10 12 07:35 pm Link

Photographer

Chris Maxwell

Posts: 680

Sterling, Virginia, US

Dane is a great model.

Great shots!

Nov 10 12 07:49 pm Link

Photographer

DAN CRUIKSHANK

Posts: 1786

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Thanks!

Nov 10 12 07:50 pm Link

Photographer

DAN CRUIKSHANK

Posts: 1786

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Chris Maxwell wrote:
Dane is a great model.

Great shots!

Yup. She is awesome!

Nov 10 12 07:50 pm Link

Photographer

Silverstone Productions

Posts: 182

Eugene, Oregon, US

As you're already aware, number 1 is the best by far. Well done, sir! And a great job to the model as well!

Tell me, since you've done two nude shoots now; how do you like it?

Nov 10 12 08:08 pm Link

Photographer

Art Silva

Posts: 9451

Santa Barbara, California, US

Fantastic work all around and kudos to your model for performing beautifully under such conditions.

Nov 10 12 08:16 pm Link

Photographer

ICON Photography

Posts: 164

Houston, Texas, US

Not too shabby for ur second...
SAM

Nov 10 12 08:20 pm Link

Photographer

DAN CRUIKSHANK

Posts: 1786

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Silverstone Productions wrote:
As you're already aware, number 1 is the best by far. Well done, sir! And a great job to the model as well!

Tell me, since you've done two nude shoots now; how do you like it?

I enjoy it. I feel like my nude work is my strongest. I am more comfortable shooting nudes than anything with wardrobe. I try to simplify my shots as much as possible; anything that isn’t needed gets tossed out of the frame... including clothes, it seems to work out better that way.

Nov 10 12 08:39 pm Link

Photographer

Sherwood Forest Fotos

Posts: 24

San Diego, California, US

Number 1.  Great work.

Nov 10 12 08:46 pm Link

Photographer

Silverstone Productions

Posts: 182

Eugene, Oregon, US

DAN CRUIKSHANK wrote:
I enjoy it. I feel like my nude work is my strongest. I am more comfortable shooting nudes than anything with wardrobe. I try to simplify my shots as much as possible; anything that isn’t needed gets tossed out of the frame... including clothes, it seems to work out better that way.

I agree with you entirely!

Nov 10 12 09:45 pm Link

Photographer

DougBPhoto

Posts: 38534

Portland, Oregon, US

Very nicely done, especially for just your second nude shoot.

About my only nit pick is the lower foot position in image 2, it just strikes me as awkward.

Nov 10 12 09:54 pm Link

Photographer

enriquefoto-grafx

Posts: 705

Los Angeles, California, US

When you put a great model, a fantastic location, and an intrepid photographer together....magic happens!..

Second nude shoot, good work!

Continued best....

EG

Nov 10 12 09:59 pm Link

Photographer

bmiSTUDIO

Posts: 1734

Essex Junction, Vermont, US

SSR Designs wrote:
The first one is THE ONE.  That is a magical photo...

I see struggle, majesty, beauty, destruction, dismay, all of these things wrapped up into one incredible shot.  Well done sir.

Amen.

Nov 10 12 10:05 pm Link

Photographer

Jay Farrell

Posts: 13140

Nashville, Tennessee, US

1st one is fabulous.....2nd and 3rd ones are really good too.....4th one doesn't work because of the angle.....but overall, job very well done!

Nov 10 12 10:07 pm Link