An afternoon with Lily May (NSFW)
As I was thinking of putting this blog together, I was struggling for a theme, but as I was putting the images together, it started to show that the blog shows a range of lighting that I use again and again. Mixing light sources is something that seems to match the style I shoot with the Fuji cameras.
Natural light is one of those photographer terms that either brings dread or puts you right in your comfort zone. Recently I have been shooting more and more flash than I ever used to so it was really nice to be able to shoot some images that mixed it up a little.
This image was a fun one though, we used the Cactus RF60 inside the room that Lily is sat opposite to enhance the natural light that was in the room.
As always – click on the images to see them in a higher res on my SmugMug site.
During the research and shooting for my Towel Series I came across a lovely model by the name of Lily May. I sent a quick message over and we had a shoot agreed for the following week.
Lighting Project so far: http://blog.davekaipiper.com/gallery/towels-2/
We shot a couple of images for the Towel Project then we shot a silver dress that I had picked up. The following week I headed down to her house to photograph some more images which were more of the style that Lily models as a fashion, lingerie and artistic nude model. Lily has an amazing edge to her look and it was really quite fun to be able to shoot with her.
The images for the towel project are very simple in nature and in construct. The whole project is all about using a simple light, simple styling and simple photography. We shot these at home using a single 400ww light with a 7in reflector dish.
Camera for the towel images, as with all the images on this blog post was a Fujifilm X-Pro2
I had picked up a silver dress a few days before, we thought it might look nice shot on the purple rug with a colour tone applied to add a tonality a feeling.
The CLUT applied here is Darkstone & was downloaded from the RAW EXCHANGE website. (http://raw.exchange/product-category/looks-presets/)
CLUT’s or Colour Look Up Tables are super fast ways to add depth and tone to an image, I love them. If you’re not familiar with them .. give them a go !
A few days later, I jumped on my Honda and fired down the motorway for another shoot with Lily. We found some black & white images for inspiration and got to shooting around Lily’s house.
When on my bike keeping weight and kit to a minimum is vital. I just took my 16-55mm and a speedlight with me on this occasion as I was not sure when the location was like or what we would be shooting. The 16-55mm is the perfect – go anywhere / do anything lens.
It was quite an overcast & rainy day which did mean a ligher ISO that I normally love to shoot with, but the X-Pro2 never fails to impress at high ISO’s
The images below were shot with a mix of high ISO (1600) & Lighting added by a Cactus RF60 running though a Roundflash adapter. Just as a quick thought, is 1600 a high ISO ? To me it seems to be as my first camera I really shot with was a D800 – anything above 800 ISO was a total write off.
The image below is a little more back into my comfort zone at ISO 200 with a healthy amount of flash into the image to give that sharpness and clarity we know follows lower ISO’s. As mentioned before – all the images in this blog were shot on the 16-55mm lens.
If you click each photo you should be able to find the exact EXIF data sets for the images.