Abandon all hope…



Classic Nude

Classical Nude

Classic Nude

Simple, yet damn elegant.  I love this style.  It also has the added benefit of being rather easy to shoot.  Seamless, light-gray paper background, one flash above and slightly behind the model, allowed to spill to the background.  My personal favorite features are the overall chiaroscuro lighting, the arch of her back, and that little shadowy dimple on her right knee.
I envision this piece on the wall over a black leather davenport, about one foot of length extending beyond each end of the furniture.


Vietnam Memorial, Washington, DC

Vietnam Memorial.  Washington, DC

Vietnam Memorial. Washington, DC

You could shoot for a lifetime in and around DC.  I had two days.  Spent a day at Arlington National Cemetery, and a day wandering the memorials near the White House.

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Shadow of the White House

This photo was taken just a couple blocks from the White House

This photo was taken just a couple blocks from the White House

Discussion: Which photo’s best?

Although there’s not necessarily a ‘right’ answer, the question of which photo below is the best is interesting to ponder and even argue.  There are so many variables to consider beyond framing and ‘proper’ metering.  To a foreigner that had never seen the Golden Gate Bridge, the first photo might be seen as spectacular, yet for everyone in the US its recognized as the shot you’ve seen on every postcard of San Fran.  It’s not so special because its taken from the same public vantage point accessible to anyone.  we’ve seen the shot a thousand times.  I do really like the shot, however, relative to color and exposure.

The second photo has great color as well, to me, and a much narrower frame of view.  Since I’ve seen the first photo repeated so many times I find #2 better relative to composition and simply being interesting.  When you so often see the whole, sometimes looking at individual parts is more interesting.  I shoot nudes this way a lot as well.  Parts.  Curves.  Contours.

Il start about the third photo by stating it’s my personal favorite of the three.  B&W has always been my fave.  I always shoot color and make B&W conversion, and while some purists submit it’s not true black and white, I say screw that.  #3 is the same photo as #2, converted, with a slight contrast adjustment.  I love the colors in the first two, but the third photo just interests me the most.  Besides, I like dark.

Any opinions, concurring or differing are welcome in the comment area below.

BTW, here’s some very interesting links re: Golden gate.  VERY interesting reading.  http://www.npr.org/2011/04/26/135150942/the-golden-gate-bridges-accidental-color -NPR article.  http://goldengatebridge.org/research/facts.php#cmyk -Official page.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_gate_bridge -Wikipedia.

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