Thursday, April 19, 2012

"City Dancer”

City Dancer-

"City Dancer”
©David A. Ziser

This is probably my favorite image from yesterday’s shoot. I love the lighting on this image, the expression on our model’s face, and the background of the city skyline.  All three combined to make a very compelling image. 

Primary lighting was supplied by my Quantum strobe shooting through my Zumbrella coming in from camera right. One of the class members suggested that we add a secondary light coming in from camera left. The secondary light, a Nikon SP 800 optically triggered, supplied the accent lighting on the back our lovely subject. I think this was a great idea because the second light does a good job separating our subject from the dark background.

Next, I balanced the flash exposures with the ambient light of the cityscape. I think the result is a very pleasing photograph and one that would work in any models portfolio.

Camera specs: Canon 5D Mark III fitted with Tamron 28–300mm VC lens at 100mm, F5.6 @ 1/60 second, ISO 1600. Enjoy! – David

5 comments:

  1. Nicely done! Before reading through I recognized your signature lighting method on the model until I saw the light on her back. That separation light is a good addition.

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  2. Great image David! I am really enjoying your evaluation of this lens David. It is one I had been considering rather than going with the heavier Canon 28-300. How is the focus speed? On the image you posted here how quickly was it able to focus? Thanks!

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  3. Hi David,

    How did you balance your flash to ambient in this shot? Did you first expose for the cityscape background then add flash? Do you use a handheld meter to measure the amount of flash used or do you take several test frames and build up the flash power to your liking?

    Thanks
    Ruel / SF

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  4. David,I said "Wow" before half of the models body appeared.The hairs stood on my back.My 5d mk11 kicked into life, then I realized my name was not David Ziser!!!.Would love to take a photo like that.......

    Thanks

    Stephen Martin

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