Monday, August 29, 2011

"Fountain Dancer"

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"Fountain Dancer"
©David A. Ziser

This is an image I made recently while shooting my latest series of Kelby Training videos.  You may even recognize Hope, my model.  She is a favorite among the Kelby Training group.  Why, because she is great to work with and as nice as can be.

Anyway, we were wrapping our shoot at Hixson Park in downtown Tampa, FL which happened to be be about the hottest day of the year – the water spray felt so refreshing – aaahhhh!

The challenge for me was to eliminate all the urbanism for the image – we were in downtown Tampa so I had to deal with all the buildings of the urban landscape.  When the fountains fired and rose to their peak, I thought I could use a long lens to compress the background to see only the fountain spray.  The longer lens worked it’s magic on the composition.

Next I had to get a directional light on her to add dimension to her face.  The bright ambient light meant working close to our model and a full power setting on the flash – I needed as much light as possible to overcome that bright ambient light.

I was nearly there – I underexposed the ambient setting my exposure for the flash and then I had it – a nice loop lighting on Hope’s beautiful face, bright colors in front of a great background, fabulous expression, a gorgeous girl, shazam… a very cool image!

Camera specs: Canon 7D fitted with 70-300mm IS lens at 135mm, F11 @ 1/160 second, ISO 200.  Enjoy!  -David


  1. That's incredible how the background streams are still slightly out-of-focus considering that f/11 aperture and Hope nicely lighted for that time of day. Great shot as always!

  2. Awesome picture David! I love shooting at Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa. It's finally starting to cool off if you call the low 80°s cool. Looking forward to your next video on Kelby Training.