Chair Variations

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Page created November 25, 2009
Sitting date:  July 22, 2009



Although it's a big hassle to wrestle it into position, I have been using the big honkin' soft box a lot lately.  This soft box is 4' x 6', and its corners are a tad worn, so I don't like collapsing it & setting it up again, because I'm just wearing out those corners.  But it's really difficult maneuvering it down from upstairs -- there are a lot of corners that are difficult.  

But I love the soft, soft light.  I've got to admit that it is surprisingly challenging to set it up in a flattering manner (and yes, in this case, I came close but not quite close enough).

The funky chair is part of a two-chair set that came with a recovered barn wood table -- these usually live up in the guest room, but for Keira, I wrestled it downstairs.  It's heavy!  




Among other things, Keira's skin is flawless.  

In general, the big honkin' soft box creates forgiving light, meaning that it'll produce good images from a variety of positions / configurations.  

However, this image illustrates why I think I got this lighting wrong.  In particular, I don't like how Keira's eyes are shadowed.  I do like how the light gently highlights the muscular definition across Keira's torso.









It's funny -- as I age, I move less & sit more, and I've found that my photography is growing more sedate.  On the other hand, Keira is full of energy -- it's a shame to try to make her sit still.  I can tell you that we did take a little walk after our sitting -- despite wearing clunky sandal/shoes with thick wooden soles, she walks 'way faster than I can.

In any case, Keira is all over the chair.

In the future, I should find ways to get her to move -- there's nothing wrong with a moving model.


In any case, I've also noticed that as I age, I strive to create intimate feeling nude portraits.  See below.




Witness a concept that fell flat on its face.  For reasons I can't explain, I went out & found a Chinese finger puzzles.  I wanted to see a nude model struggle with it -- kinda like a low-key fetish thing.

Epic failure.

On top of everything else, Keira's fingers just weren't large enough to get locked.

Keira's game.  She tries real hard, but I can see right away that this concept is going nowhere.  But if you never try, you'll never know.  It is funny when you can get a serious model to do something silly.




Okay, we drop the finger lock concept like a hot potato.

Every once in a while, I think it's a good idea to try the opposite.  Lately, I've been using the biggest soft box I could get into the room.  What's the opposite?  A small, harsh light source.  I switch out the soft box with a small reflector, make minor adjustments to the other lights, and create some shadowy images.  My thought that with a figure as wonderfully defined as Keira's, some good shadows would highlight her fabulous physique.

Now, as I'm reviewing these images, I find that for the most part, I don't care for this images:

  • They are a little cliché. 
  • While this light might be nice on Keira's figure, it's not so good for Keira's lovely face.

I do like what the light does for her hair here.  I don't like what it does to her face.

Check out the image below.  I do like how you can barely see the details on Keira's face.




I do love my artistic effects.  I get mixed reviews from visitors to this web site, but I love them.

I've learned how to present them with a mouse rollover.  I'd be interested in feedback.

I'm presenting this rollover methodology for one image on each of these pages.  For this image, I've enlarged the border -- should I do that for all these rollover based images? 








We make tons of exposures using this shadowy light, but now, as I review them, I just don't like them.  They just seem like images made by a photographer with less experience than I have.  There'll be lots of images from this lighting setup on the Out Takes gallery.

I knew that I wanted to photograph Keira in my shower.  After taking a quick break to feed the parking meter & wrestle the lights into the bathroom, that's where we go.

Keira In The Shower


(Remember -- feedback is always appreciated) 

All images (c) 2009 Looknsee Photography

Keira Grant, First Visit Out Takes

Over 130 more images from this sitting are available in the Out Takes Galleries, which are available to those who have made a donation to the upkeep of this web site.  See this FAQ question for more details.