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01/11/2005: "Digital Nose Job"

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That title makes sense if you remember the last time I posted about this shoot...
model: Rachel S., (Elite Models)
makeup and hair: Karen Faye
retouching: Daniel Ferguson
styling: Karie L. Frost

Back in October, I posted THIS. Go ahead and read it if you haven't yet. It's a story about a model and her nose. Anyway, This is the retouched version and she's a different person. I've also cropped this a lot because I was tired of showing fingernail shots (this was shot for Nailpro Magazine). The retoucher, who is a genius by the way, gave her a complete nose job and even though I don't think she needed it, it came out fine.

camera/film: Contax 645, Sonnar T* 210 f4 at f16, Fuji Astia 100F.
lighting: There's a light table made of white plexi below her with a medium Chimera Super Pro light box below it. The main light is a Speedotron head with a 20 inch reflector and a Xenophon diffuser. To the side there's a Speedotron head with a 12 inch reflector with the same diffuser lighting her cheek and shoulder. If you look at the other shot linked above that I shot for myself at the end of the shoot, you'll notice that the lighting is a bit different. I lit the shot flat for the client and a little harder for myself.

Replies: 10 have commented

The retouching manages to take all the personality out of her face, doesn't it?

But she really does have amazing eyes. It makes for a compelling shot.

Maura said @ 01/11/2005 10:54 PM PST

Yeah those eyes ... the make-up is pretty perfect too.

Daniel [objective-view] said @ 01/12/2005 04:31 AM PST

I don't like the touch up shot. It looks almost too perfect, gives it a fake appearance.

Swt GA HunnyB said @ 01/12/2005 09:15 AM PST


ken said @ 01/12/2005 01:18 PM PST

Dat's perty.

meghan said @ 01/12/2005 02:35 PM PST

I remember being in college and talking about how models in magazines are incredibly and extensively retouched and this girl was like NO WAY and I was like WAY. I wish I could yank her sweet, trusting, naive self over to your site, Brooks, and shatter all her fragile dreams.

Oh, and hell, I like both shots. For different reasons, but I really like the "crooked nose" one, because it looks like she has a "past." One that involved bar fights.

rock grrrl said @ 01/12/2005 04:31 PM PST

I like both photos. For different reasons.

Yes her eyes are amazing, but once you "tweak" the nose, you notice her lips and how they are not "perfect" with the top lip being not proportionate to the lower.

This is how and why models and model wanna-be's go insane. Once fix one thing, another needs "fixed".

One of your readers made a very VERY good point in that beauty comes from within and there are so many different forms of beauty that there should not be one set standard as to what is publically acceptable.

*sigh* Too bad.

Shannon said @ 01/13/2005 03:27 PM PST

BROOKS that is FASCINATING. I know it's love when I so enjoy looking through fashion mags and Victoria's Secret catalogues with my boyfriend. All my Mr. says is, "That looks terrible," "Look at the airbrush!" or "That would look so great on you." Way to earn points!

Willful Expose said @ 01/15/2005 09:03 PM PST

Beautiful eyes. Very sharp.


Sakana said @ 01/16/2005 09:03 AM PST

this is stunning, you've got some amazing stuff here man and you're working with some pretty fine ladies. I like it how the model is looking just off lense here rather than straight down it

luke winter said @ 01/23/2005 10:02 AM PST

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