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Street Fight in Blood Alley

November 26th, 2012 No comments

I love doing underwater photoshoots – always a challenge but the results are worth it! Here are some photos from a recent shoot with Vancouver dancer and model Mahafsoun. The very cool makeup was done by Gun Street Girl Makeup.

On a technical note – I used a Canon G9 camera with the WP-DC21 underwater housing, which allows me to use all the camera's controls while underwater. It's a popular camera for scuba divers too! It's a little daunting to submerge the camera for the first time and hope that there are no leaks. So far, the housing has kept my camera safe and dry. For my next underwater shoot, I'm going to use an Olympus E-PL1 with the PT-EP01 underwater housing. I'm looking forward to testing it out!

Check out my previous underwater photoshoot for more photos and here are some tips for doing underwater photoshoots.

Model: Mahafsoun

Makeup: Gun Street Girl Makeup Artist

Here's a short video

 
I love doing underwater photoshoots - always a challenge but the results are worth it! Here are some photos from a recent shoot with Vancouver dancer and model Mahafsoun. The very cool makeup was done by Gun Street Girl Makeup.

On a technical note - I used a Canon G9 camera with the WP-DC21 underwater housing, which allows me to use all the camera's controls while underwater. It's a popular camera for scuba divers too! It's a little daunting to submerge the camera for the first time and hope that there are no leaks. So far, the housing has kept my camera safe and dry. For my next underwater shoot, I'm going to use an Olympus E-PL1 with the PT-EP01 underwater housing. I'm looking forward to testing it out!

Check out my previous underwater photoshoot for more photos and here are some tips for doing underwater photoshoots.

Model: Mahafsoun

Makeup: Gun Street Girl Makeup Artist

Here's a short video

 

Blood Alley was an appropriately named location for this street fighter photoshoot as there was certainly a lot of  blood involved! Tessa did an amazing job with the cuts and bruises and liberal application of theatrical blood.

Location shoots are a good change from the studio, purchase and I like to do them when the weather cooperates. There are always challenges - in this case the sun was very bright, so we found shaded areas and I used reflectors and speedlites for lighting. Also, even though we were shooting on a Sunday, there was a lot of traffic (both vehicles and pedestrians) that slowed us down while we waited for the location to clear before continuing.

Thanks also to Douglas and Sean for their fighting choreography skills and Catherine for assisting me during the shoot.

Credits:

Makeup: Tessa Mitz

Photography Assistant: Catherine Millard

Fighters: Douglas McDowell and Sean Mathews

Location: Blood Alley, Gastown, Vancouver

Zombies!

October 21st, 2012 10 comments

This photoshoot was about phobias, fears and the subconscious mind, featuring the body painting artwork of Meghan Thomas (Megs War Paint) with model Claudia Rylie.

The body painting included UV fluorescent paint as well as non-UV paint. To capture both types, I used black lights mixed with strobes. To make the UV paint glow, I used six 40 watt fluorescent black light tubes, and a 400 watt UV cannon. I surrounded Claudia with the black light tubes, and positioned the UV cannon to the right of the camera, in front of the Claudia.

I also used strobes to light the fog and Claudia's face or highlight the body painting. The strobes were White Lightnings with grids and reflectors, triggered with CyberSyncs.

To see more photos from this shoot, check out this set on Flickr (Warning: some of the photos are marked as "moderate" on Flickr due to partial nudity and you must be signed into Flickr to see them).

Meghan Thomas:  I have worked with Meghan many times and love her creativity and artistic skill. She always comes prepared to the shoot with lots of ideas, designs and plans for the body painting, as well as being an easy going and fun person to work with.

Claudia Riley: Claudia is a skilled model and she is also a dancer with excellent body awareness and control. It is especially challenging for black light body painting photography. First she was required to sit through about 4 hours of body painting, then pose during variety of unconventional lighting set-ups, many requiring her to to be very still due to the slow shutter speeds. She was great to work with, patient and collaborated to get some amazing shots!

This photoshoot was about phobias, fears and the subconscious mind, featuring the body painting artwork of Meghan Thomas (Megs War Paint) with model Claudia Rylie.

The body painting included UV fluorescent paint as well as non-UV paint. To capture both types, I used black lights mixed with strobes. To make the UV paint glow, I used six 40 watt fluorescent black light tubes, and a 400 watt UV cannon. I surrounded Claudia with the black light tubes, and positioned the UV cannon to the right of the camera, in front of the Claudia.

I also used strobes to light the fog and Claudia's face or highlight the body painting. The strobes were White Lightnings with grids and reflectors, triggered with CyberSyncs.

To see more photos from this shoot, check out this set on Flickr (Warning: some of the photos are marked as "moderate" on Flickr due to partial nudity and you must be signed into Flickr to see them).

Meghan Thomas:  I have worked with Meghan many times and love her creativity and artistic skill. She always comes prepared to the shoot with lots of ideas, designs and plans for the body painting, as well as being an easy going and fun person to work with.

Claudia Riley: Claudia is a skilled model and she is also a dancer with excellent body awareness and control. It is especially challenging for black light body painting photography. First she was required to sit through about 4 hours of body painting, then pose during variety of unconventional lighting set-ups, many requiring her to to be very still due to the slow shutter speeds. She was great to work with, patient and collaborated to get some amazing shots!

Here are some photos from a recent collaboration with makeup artist Tessa Mitz. Tessa is a versatile makeup artist who I have worked with on many occasions. As you can see from these photos, she does amazing special effects work. With Halloween coming up and the new season of The Walking Dead starting this month, dosage I thought that Zombies would be an appropriate theme!

The photos were shot on location in Vancouver. It was a lot of fun and we had a few curious onlookers during the shoot!

Credits:

Zombies: Helen of Joy, dosage Christina Martine

Victims: Dustin St Christopher, Sobie La

Hair stylists: Kyra Harley, Karly Connell

Makeup Artist: Tessa Mitz

© 2012 Lloyd K Barnes

 

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