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12/31/2004: "Soft And Simple"


Wednesday's shoot for Nailpro...
model: Sophia (Photogenics)
makeup: Michelle Tabor
hair: Jason Murillo
nails: Elaine Watson
styling: Karie L. Frost

Sometimes heavy handed lighting techniques can get in the way. It's times like this when it's all about the subject. This shot is so simple, but I love how it came out. After shooting about a hundred frames with Sophia's hands in the shot, it's for Nailpro after all, I shot three frames without her hands with the blog in mind. This shot will go into my beauty portfolio after I get it retouched.

camera: Canon 1Ds digital.
lighting: One the right of the frame is a Elinchrom Octa bank. To the left is a soft gold reflector and there's a white reflector on the table below the frame.

edited to re-crop image

Replies: 18 have commented

Simply lovely. I'm thinking, "What's to retouch?!?" but you're the pro!

Happy New Year to you and your lovely family!

Maura said @ 12/31/2004 01:47 PM PST

I thought someone might ask that question. Actually, on the computer screen, the shot looks fine, but if I want to make a print for my book, there is way more detail. I'll probably just have a few things smoothed out and make sure all of the lashes are perfect and there are some hairs that you can't see in the low res version that I would want to remove. Stuff like that, nothing drastic.

Brooks said @ 12/31/2004 01:53 PM PST


You have a wonderful, vibrant eye! This is a great site. It reflects something great within you that you can so vividly capture the world around you!

If you have a minute, feel free to visit me at my site.


If you like what you see, please leave a comment. Can you imagine any visuals to go with my words? Occassionally, I think some of my writings might make nice posters or cards -- if they could be combined with vibrant visuals? What do you think?

Thanks again. This is a great site.

Anonymous Poet said @ 12/31/2004 04:42 PM PST

Now THAT is a lovely picture. smile

Tricia said @ 12/31/2004 04:49 PM PST

Isn't anyone going to help that poor girl! She's being attacked by a golden butterfly!!

meghan said @ 01/01/2005 03:21 PM PST

Generally I'm just a 30 second wonder as I browse through blog explosions, however this picture is gorgeous and it caught my eye enough that I'll definately be coming back.

Zanitta said @ 01/02/2005 11:57 AM PST

Thanks folks... Oh, and if you're a Blog Explosion visitor like Zanitta, let me know in the comments. Don't be shy.

I'm out of town visiting relatives so it's nice to check in to see new comments.

Brooks said @ 01/02/2005 01:03 PM PST

Brooks-Wow! I look so cute! I can't believe the photo looks so beautiful and you haven't even retouched it yet..It was a pleasure working with you and I hope to do so agin in the future- Happy New Year!!

sophia said @ 01/02/2005 06:29 PM PST

You have my vote on the BOB Finalists list.

miklos said @ 01/02/2005 10:47 PM PST

(from blog explosion)

Your pictures= <3

sooo talented!

steph said @ 01/03/2005 10:42 PM PST

Cool. Do you need an assistant? Of course you would have to move as I don't travel well!

Jeff A said @ 01/04/2005 02:26 AM PST

only one word... WOW!

a Really Really Excellent Photo blog, please keep up the good work.


Muhammad Karim said @ 01/04/2005 03:54 AM PST

~simply beautiful...so well executed and presented; one question/minor nit, did you have the bg lighting two different levels behind the model, one should dark, one bright as all heck?~

bttezra said @ 01/04/2005 10:05 AM PST

No bttezra. The background is a 4x8 sheet of brushed gold metal and the light you see on the right is the reflection of the main light on that side. On the far left side, you can see a little bit of the reflection of the reflector on that side. We wanted the background to be a little uneven. Also, this shot is going too be on a magazine cover, so most of the frames were shot vertical so the difference is less noticeable.

Brooks said @ 01/04/2005 10:40 AM PST

Love it. Make sure to make me an awesome print for my site...I might let you link to it soon.

As always, it was a pleasure doing work with you. I have some funny stories to tell you next time!

Karie the stylist said @ 01/04/2005 02:44 PM PST

Her skin tone is fantastic with the background.

matt said @ 01/04/2005 07:37 PM PST

I can't tell you how many times I've come back to look at this picture. There is just something about it. I have crappy nails, but I may actually have to seek out this issue of Nailpro to see the rest. ;-)

Maura said @ 01/05/2005 10:34 AM PST

This will be on the cover of the March issue. January is coming out very soon, if that helps at all. Her nails are quite wild in this shot. I wish I could show you now, but we must wait.

Brooks said @ 01/05/2005 11:16 AM PST

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