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Art of the nude
Posts: 11,863
Olivet, Michigan, US


The question comes up now and then, and I've thought of this answer for a while.  The best way I can say it is with pictures:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7267/7490944506_58ab085974_c.jpg
Jul 02 12 05:41 pm  Link  Quote 
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Jeffrey M Fletcher
Posts: 4,342
Asheville, North Carolina, US


yep
Jul 02 12 05:43 pm  Link  Quote 
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sgnr photo
Posts: 254
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Interesting analogy.
Jul 02 12 05:46 pm  Link  Quote 
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Jordan Bunniie
Posts: 1,640
Los Angeles, California, US


lol Nice
Jul 02 12 05:47 pm  Link  Quote 
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Celtic Imaging
Posts: 54
Portland, Maine, US


Lol!
Jul 02 12 05:49 pm  Link  Quote 
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Mischief Vixen
Posts: 5,666
Toledo, Ohio, US


lol
Jul 02 12 05:53 pm  Link  Quote 
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Naughty Ties
Posts: 3,125
Riverview, Florida, US


sgnr photo wrote:
Interesting analogy.

Yep, works for me!

Jul 02 12 05:54 pm  Link  Quote 
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Wye
Posts: 9,661
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Sounds about right.

The best way to ruin a photo of a hot girl is to put clothes on her, IMHO.
Jul 02 12 05:54 pm  Link  Quote 
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rp_photo
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Houston, Texas, US


Jul 02 12 05:56 pm  Link  Quote 
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Art of the nude
Posts: 11,863
Olivet, Michigan, US


Wye wrote:
Sounds about right.

The best way to ruin a photo of a hot girl is to put clothes on her, IMHO.

Well, I would go with beautiful woman, but pretty much.

Jul 02 12 05:56 pm  Link  Quote 
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Conceptually Black
Posts: 8,320
Columbus, Ohio, US


Kind of a reverse analogy, since you're looking to photograph where the sun doesn't shine...
Jul 02 12 05:58 pm  Link  Quote 
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Art of the nude
Posts: 11,863
Olivet, Michigan, US


Conceptually Black wrote:
Kind of a reverse analogy, since you're looking to photograph where the sun doesn't shine...

For most of the models I shoot, the sun shines equally.  Out of over 100 models, I can think of one case where tan lines were relevant.  smile

Jul 02 12 06:00 pm  Link  Quote 
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Rick Edwards
Posts: 6,159
Wilmington, Delaware, US


and 90% of my nude models are in sunlight
Jul 02 12 06:17 pm  Link  Quote 
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Ester Ginzbur
Posts: 128
Edison, New Jersey, US


I love this analogy smile
Jul 02 12 06:23 pm  Link  Quote 
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In Its Own Way
Posts: 165
Fort Wayne, Indiana, US


If a picture is worth 1,000 words, those 2 pictures say it all.  Great analogy
Jul 02 12 07:03 pm  Link  Quote 
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Tom deL
Posts: 3,695
Lexington, Ohio, US


Some seek a bit of mystery ... clothing can make excellent perspectives ...

Each to his or her own I guess.
Jul 02 12 08:48 pm  Link  Quote 
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Dan K Photography
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STATEN ISLAND, New York, US


I just do it for the nekkid chicks.
Jul 02 12 08:50 pm  Link  Quote 
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Art of the nude
Posts: 11,863
Olivet, Michigan, US


Tom deL wrote:
Some seek a bit of mystery ... clothing can make excellent perspectives ...

Each to his or her own I guess.

Well, I shoot clothed models as well, but no one seems to question that.  At least, no one other than models who don't want to pose other than nude.

Jul 03 12 09:23 am  Link  Quote 
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GPS Studio Services
Posts: 35,396
San Francisco, California, US


Why shouldn't you shoot nudes?  I've always loved your work.1
Jul 03 12 09:39 am  Link  Quote 
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Rays Fine Art
Posts: 6,064
New York, New York, US


Tom deL wrote:
Some seek a bit of mystery ... clothing can make excellent perspectives ...

Each to his or her own I guess.

Not to get too far away from the topic, but part of the problem of nude vs. clothed is what what are you taking a picture of?  If you put a beautiful dress on a beautiful woman, 9 times out of 10, the picture is ultimately of the dress, whereas the nude picture is of the woman.  Similarly, if you cloth her in "a bit of mystery" the picture becomes about the mystery.

Personally I like pictures of dresses when they're on a beautiful woman more than when they're on a beautiful clothes rack, and I like mysterious pictures more when they explore the mystery of a beautiful woman than when they explore the mystery of, say, the Almighty, and I like pictures of beautiful nude women . . . well the chain breaks down a bit here, because at the heart of it all, I just plain like beautiful women.

All IMHO, as always.

Jul 03 12 10:25 am  Link  Quote 
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immateria
Posts: 15,446
Brooklyn, New York, US


lol
Jul 03 12 10:49 am  Link  Quote 
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P I X I E
Posts: 35,308
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Great analogy. smile
Jul 03 12 12:51 pm  Link  Quote 
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Vincent Wolff
Posts: 2,851
Chicago, Illinois, US


smile  love it
Jul 03 12 01:37 pm  Link  Quote 
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Art of the nude
Posts: 11,863
Olivet, Michigan, US


ei Total Productions wrote:
Why shouldn't you shoot nudes?  I've always loved your work.

Thank you.  smile 

Just wish I could do a better job of getting some money out of it . . . .

Jul 03 12 03:57 pm  Link  Quote 
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M Pandolfo Photography
Posts: 12,116
Tampa, Florida, US


I always imagined your response to "Why I shoot nudes" would be, because "Art of the Senior Portrait" Photography wouldn't be nearly as interesting.
Jul 03 12 04:03 pm  Link  Quote 
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Wysiwyg Photography
Posts: 6,326
Salt Lake City, Utah, US


Ok.. I can agree with that.. smile
Jul 03 12 04:03 pm  Link  Quote 
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Ron Casas Photography
Posts: 813
Lexington, South Carolina, US


I can dig it!!!
Jul 03 12 04:04 pm  Link  Quote 
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M Pandolfo Photography
Posts: 12,116
Tampa, Florida, US


Art of the nude wrote:
The question comes up now and then, and I've thought of this answer for a while.  The best way I can say it is with pictures:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7267/7490944506_58ab085974_c.jpg

But couldn't this be used to argue the opposite? The first image is a fine sunset. But that second obstructed image REALLY makes me want to stare and analyze and imagine what's behind there. smile

Jul 03 12 04:05 pm  Link  Quote 
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varton
Posts: 2,287
New York, New York, US


In my case, I keep shooting and suddenly they start taking their clothes off. It's not my fault..

big_smile
Jul 03 12 04:07 pm  Link  Quote 
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Art of the nude
Posts: 11,863
Olivet, Michigan, US


Art of the nude wrote:
The question comes up now and then, and I've thought of this answer for a while.  The best way I can say it is with pictures:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7267/7490944506_58ab085974_c.jpg
Michael Pandolfo wrote:
But couldn't this be used to argue the opposite? The first image is a fine sunset. But that second obstructed image REALLY makes me want to stare and analyze and imagine what's behind there. smile

That's pretty much the rationale of those who say it's "sexier to leave something to the imagination."  Aside from the fact that you always leave SOMETHING to the imagination, that assumes the goal is sexiness.  But it isn't, for me.

Jul 03 12 06:02 pm  Link  Quote 
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J Jessica
Posts: 2,219
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, US


But... The pictures have WORDS.
big_smile
Kinda cheating
Jul 03 12 06:12 pm  Link  Quote 
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Good Egg Productions
Posts: 15,305
Orlando, Florida, US


May I steal this idea, but instead of an overlay of the bikini, I'd like to put a fence there to block the sun?
Jul 03 12 06:15 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Art of the nude
Posts: 11,863
Olivet, Michigan, US


Good Egg Productions wrote:
May I steal this idea, but instead of an overlay of the bikini, I'd like to put a fence there to block the sun?

Certainly.  And a nice touch.

Edit; and it IS my photo, which I posted specifically with a "creative commons" license.  Not sure if that covers what you propose, but you have my specific permission.

Jul 03 12 07:10 pm  Link  Quote 
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Art of the nude
Posts: 11,863
Olivet, Michigan, US


J Jessica  wrote:
But... The pictures have WORDS.
big_smile
Kinda cheating

It's the remedial version for Flickr . . . .

Jul 03 12 07:10 pm  Link  Quote 
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Rik Williams
Posts: 3,361
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


I do it for the beauty and MYSTERY a woman poseses.
Don't have to see it all to be sensuous, in fact, that kind of ruins it for me.
Jul 03 12 09:52 pm  Link  Quote 
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