Sunset at the Zoo with Nikon’s 70-200mm f/2.8 VR2 AF-S lens on a Nikon D7000 Body

Sometimes the best way to test gear is to take it out for a camera date.

Nikon 70-200 2.8 VR2 at f2.8 1/160 Sec, VR on, With Monopod, Pink Flamingo
Nikon 70-200 2.8 VR2 @ 180mm f2.8 1/160 Sec, VR on, ISO 100 With Monopod

 

Why is testing gear different than using it?  Well, a test is an opportunity, when the meter isn’t running with a nervous playing client, to learn camera, lens accessories etc.

Take your camera out on a date.  You can afford the luxury of trying things you would never do in a production shoot.  In a production shoot, we must do what we know, unless that is completely failing, in that case, try what ever it takes to get the shot.

A test date allows experimentation.  If it doesn’t work out, no one needs to know.  No refunds need be issued, or worst, clients disappointed.  Caulk it all up to learning.

In this case, I was experimenting with shutter speed, bokeh and aperture priority vs manual exposure modes using my Nikon 70-200mm f2.8G ED VR II AF-S at the Phoenix Zoo.

The camera is my usual Nikon  D7000.

Also along is the  Manfrotto 334B Automatic Monopod and the Manfrotto 234RC head.

A monopod is essential for a more stable and therefore more clear shot.

Why not a tripod?  Tripods are much slower to readjust for moving objects like birds and monkeys.

The Nikon 70-200mm f2.8G ED VR II AF-S has buttery smooth bokeh.  Quick and accurate to focus, and with lots and lots of detail in images of far away animals, some of which move very quickly.

The croppings shown are the central parts of the actual images,  click here to view or purchase a high resolution image of the flamingo.  Great details, what?

Time is about 4:30 PM.  The sun is already Continue reading Sunset at the Zoo with Nikon’s 70-200mm f/2.8 VR2 AF-S lens on a Nikon D7000 Body

Austin Texas’ Tall Thin Leggy Model Eight (8), 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8

Eight (8) is 29 years young …

American Hipster (inspired by the classic painting American Gothic) Eight, Model Schuy Smith, Photo by El Mercurio, Hair by Sabre
Joshua is one of my best friends. I not only love his work but we work really well together. We had finished doing the zombie shoot and were talking about what concept we would like to do next. I told him that I wanted to do a parity of a famous work of art like “American Gothic” but with a twist. Josh came up with the twist: Hipsters. We put a whole ensemble based on hipster gothic (using Sea of Flowers necklace). So this is our collaborative modern piece of art. I think Grant Wood would be proud.

And old, with ageless expressive hazel eyes …  They always seems to be telling stories …

She sports her pretty brunette head of long hair on a very long leggy, ugly duckling turned swanishly beautiful size 4 figure.

Eight can often be seen Continue reading Austin Texas’ Tall Thin Leggy Model Eight (8), 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8

‘The World’s Greatest Erotic Art of Today’ – Volume 4 – Book Review

The World's Greatest Erotic Art of Today Volume 4, Oceana, Jeff Wack, Digital Artist, Front cover, Two Nude Women, Mermaids, Swimming in kelp beds, underwater nudes, brunette
Master Winner 'Oceana' Digital Art by Jeff Wack on Front Cover

The World’s Greatest Erotic Art of Today, Volume 4‘ © 2011 is the latest currently available volume to this most excellent 4 volume series of examples of the worlds finest erotic art.

Volume 4 contains erotic art separated into and representing five broad categories:

  • Fine Art
  • Photography
  • Digital Art
  • Mixed Media
  • Sculpture

What the 4th volume brings to the table is a world wide sampling of today’s best in erotic art.

And, its the best volume yet.  JMHO

Vagina Sculpture in Conch shell, white pearl clitoris, 'Princess of Pearls'  Surrealerotik, Ceramic Sculpture, The World's Greatest Erotic Art of Today Volume 4-1346
'Princess of Pearls' Surrealerotik, Ceramic Sculpture

Why is Volume 4 better than Volume 1, 2 or 3?

For the same reason that the Continue reading ‘The World’s Greatest Erotic Art of Today’ – Volume 4 – Book Review

New York Fetish Model Victoria Von Helkine

Tommy Edwards, Seattle, Pink hair, dog ears, black bustier, Black Ballet Boots, Challenging Gaze
Photo by Tommy Edwards

Victoria Von Helkine is only 5′ 5″ tall, weights 110 pounds and is very shapely.

There is nothing, beyond shear size, diminutive about this New York fetish model dynamo.

With 32B-23-34 measurements and sporting a zero dress size frame,  a career in high fashion modeling seems improbable, to say the least.

For the fetish genre, her frame, hazel eyed brazen gaze and full head of very long brown hair are rather more prefect.

Eric Kroll, Victoria Von Helkine, San Francisco, Girdle, Garter, Black Hose, Extreme Black Platform Shoes, Standing on Desk, Fetish, Naughty Secretary
Photo by Eric Kroll

Victoria has already worked with some of the best known names in the fetish art photo business, including the example here by Eric Kroll, who photographed Victoria on a desk  …

Turns out Victoria has Continue reading New York Fetish Model Victoria Von Helkine

Nikon 85mm f1.8G AF-S Lens Announced, Considered, and pre Reviewed vs the 85mm f1.8D, 85mm f1.4D and 85mm f1.4G Nikkor Prime Portrait Lenses

Nikon 85mm AF-S f1.8G Nikkor Lens
Nikon 85mm AF-S f1.8G Nikkor Lens

The Nikon 85mm f1.8G AF-S Nikkor Lens has been announced.

The  85mm f1.8D is a very sweet lens and quite inexpensive vis-a-vis its competing choices.

During a November, 2011 review of the 85mm f1.8D, I mentioned that that if price were no object, I would buy the Nikon 85mm f1.4G AF-S for like $1,700 …

For me, price is a consideration.

Also noted was that I have the 85mm f1.4D AF IF and, that my first piece of glass to go would be the 85mm f1.8D …

We’ll, the 85mm f1.8D is Continue reading Nikon 85mm f1.8G AF-S Lens Announced, Considered, and pre Reviewed vs the 85mm f1.8D, 85mm f1.4D and 85mm f1.4G Nikkor Prime Portrait Lenses

‘Culo’ by Raphael Mazzucco – A book review

Red Body Painted nude woman's posterior, 'Culo' by Raphael Mazzucco
'Culo' Front Cover, Red Body Paint

Culo‘ ©  2011 by photographer Raphael Mazzucco, paraphrasing is a tribute to “derriere, tush, rear end, booty, or just plain culo.”

Photo books are the easiest to review.  You open, you look, you flip.  There are like almost no pages with words.  ‘Culo‘ is like child hood for adults.  The photos are good.  Fine quality art photos of beautiful women’s posteriors, 248 pages pretty much cover to cover.

Culo‘ is not a how-to book.  It is very much a large coffee table book of images of beautiful women’s tushes.

Mazzucco feels that female posterior Continue reading ‘Culo’ by Raphael Mazzucco – A book review

Greg Papazian, Sherman Oaks, California based photographer of music bands and women

Stripes, Striped leggings, striped blouse, striped demi-sleeves, striped socks, batting cage, baseball dug out, The Cage, Greg Papazian
The Cage

‘The Cage’ first drew me into Greg Papazian’s work like a moth to a flame.

What crazy wonderful lines and angles everywhere.

It turns out, Greg was shooting as a professional photographer of rock bands from early in the 70’s.

No wonder he is such a talent.

The move from shooting only music to also shooting models was, in Greg’s case, very recent.

Lucky models, and lucky are we who are lovers of beautiful women in beautiful settings.

Another world, under a pacific peer, Sea Grotto, implied nude, ocean, ocean pilings, muscles on pilings, red bottoms, wet woman, sea, peer, waterDid I mention how cool are the Continue reading Greg Papazian, Sherman Oaks, California based photographer of music bands and women

“Sketching Light: An Illustrated Tour of the Possibilities of Flash” by Joe McNally – A Book Review

Sketching Light: An Illustrated Tour of the Possibilities of Flash‘ © 2011 by Joe McNally is one of those 432 page books I’m reading cover to cover.

McNally starts off Chapter 1 with one redheaded model, on seamless white background.

Mose's Like Man lit with 1x3 foot Strip Soft Box and Quadra, Sketching Light, Illustrated Possiblities of Flash, Joe McNally
Lit with a 1'x3' Strip Softbox from the bed of a pickup truck

Chapter 1 demonstrates in words and pictures how different light modifiers, like beauty dishes, soft boxes and umbrellas create different effects, based on which modifier is used and where the modifier is placed in relation to this subject.

With regards to lighting with flash of people as subjects, ‘Sketching Light‘ is exactly the kind of book I’ve been searching for.

There are books we pick up and put down.  Books we like for the images and books we learn from.

For shooting people on location and in studio, ‘Sketching Light‘ is one of the books we learn from about how to use Continue reading “Sketching Light: An Illustrated Tour of the Possibilities of Flash” by Joe McNally – A Book Review

Ballet trained professional fine art nude model Lisa Jupiter

Arched Back Nude with Toe Shoes, Lisa JupiterLisa Jupiter is a 28 years young puppet of a muse.

Pointe Shoes, Forward Spliting Leap, By Ocean Beach Surf, Nude profile, Dancer, Hair Waving in Breeze

Look though you might, good luck seeing the wires.

It’s her dancer’s training, me thinks.  Invisible wires hold up her 5′ 8″ size 4 lithe form.

Sometimes blonde, sometimes brunette, with a captivating gaze set off by bright green on green eyes.

Curled up naked in fetal positionShe has lovely form, which she often arrays for the world, nude Continue reading Ballet trained professional fine art nude model Lisa Jupiter

“The World’s Greatest Erotic Art of Today – Volume 1” – A book review

The World's Greatest Erotic Art of Today Volume 1, Front CoverThe World’s Greatest Erotic Art of Today, Volume 1‘ ©  2007 is the first of this currently 4 volume series.

Like its sisters, ‘The World’s Greatest Erotic Art of Today, Volume 1‘  displays examples of the worlds most diverse and best contemporary erotic art.

As with the other three volumes, this lead off volume is the pace setter.

It is resplendent with superb images of the finest in juried erotic art by artists from around the globe.

hot blonde, big boobs, big breasts, naked, Car Wash, Nude Pin up, Pinup, washing car, soap suds, soapy, big blonde, Cadillac tail fins, red Cadillac, classic red convertible Cadillac, naked blond sitting on red convertible Cadillac, 'An American Classic' Dave Nestler, Acrylic on board, Fine Art, The worlds greatest erotic art volume 1
'An American Classic' Dave Nestler, Acrylic on board, Fine Art

 

Volume 1 contains erotic art separated into and representing four broad categories:

  • Fine Art
  • Photography
  • Digital Art
  • Sculpture

The quality of images have to be seen to be appreciated, or believed.

The World’s Greatest Erotic Art of Today, Volume 1‘  is Continue reading “The World’s Greatest Erotic Art of Today – Volume 1” – A book review

To get the shot, what happens off screen?

This is a cute video I saw floating around my inbox recently of some of the strange kinds  of things that might be happening behind the scenes during a photo shoot.

Click Link to Download and then View Video

While I have used angles, tape, grips and props to create a somewhat similar effect to thin out my pretty subjects, this is one of the most creative uses I have seen for a vacuum cleaner in a photo shoot.

Enjoy !!

 

 

 

International Fine Art Nude Model Laura New Myers

Multi Media Bling Makeup, wedge cut blonde wig2012 we kick of with truly versatile fine art nude model Laura New Myers.

Residing for now in Bangkok, Thailand, Laura is a professional international traveling model.

“I have been Modeling now for eight years.

Starting in Alabama and worked my way from state to state … island to island … country to country …

Hair Mask, Red Wig, Lithe Body suit, black body suit, lithe modelI am now doing the agency thing here in Bangkok, Thailand and let me tell you, It is a hole different Tango just so you know.

The real modeling world is nothing like the freelance modeling world … but freelance modeling is great preparation.

I have always worked full-time. I don’t believe in half assed attempts towards a dream.”

Last summer, I almost had an opportunity to shoot with Laura, while she was briefly swinging  Continue reading International Fine Art Nude Model Laura New Myers