Color, Color Everywhere, Part 3

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This third and final part of the Color Block Photo shoot features our second model, Jordan.   I just love all of this purple.  Jordan did a great job posing and connecting with our cameras.  Her personality shines in these.

This is purple hat began as a white one and ended up purple thanks to spray paint.  It was such fun preparing for this session.  We shopped, shopped and shopped some more. Building a vision isn’t easy. Just wait until you see the next concept shoot.

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We may need to start calling Jordan the “Hat Girl”. She certainly wears hats well.  This natural colored hat may be my favorite. Very few can wear it with such aplomb. Actually our other model, Danielle, looked great in it, too. We were lucky to have such super young ladies to model for Color Block.

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The yellow series really pops.  The royal blue is the perfect compliment.   The purple would also look nice. We were swapping outfits and backgrounds for nearly 3 hours as we photographed.  It took a lot of time even in its simplicity to prepare and shoot this session.

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With all of the color, I couldn’t resist converting some to black and white.  Don’t you just love Jordan’s expression.  And she didn’t even get to take a big bite out of that fancy donut.  At least not until later.  We sent the girls home armed with a box of donuts.

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Since I am trying to think “commercial” as I shoot these days, I shot this and a number of the other images with negative space on one side or the other.   That works well if text needs to be added for a project.

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After all is said and done, I think my favorite images of Jordan are on the purple background.  I did add the pattern to this one just for interest.

Until next time, stay cool!

 

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Brussels Sprouts or bust!

My commercial photography mentor came up with a flash assignment last week.  In addition to the weekly assignment for class, he added a brussels sprouts flash assignment. Since I am not a fan of them, finding a way to make them appealing was not necessarily in my paradigm.  My initial plan was to take those icky little green balls and turn them into something we wouldn’t have to eat later.  I decided to make them into a Christmas tree with little peppers or red candies for decorations and then sprinkling the whole thing with white glitter.  At least I wouldn’t end up having to eat my creation that way.  Off I went to the store in search of the dreaded brussels sprouts.  Much to my surprise, I didn’t find any of those little things.  Instead all I found was a giant vine of them.  It was so pleasing to the eye that I couldn’t bear to ruin it so I headed to another store.  Much to my horror, the second store presented me with the same giant vine of brussels sprouts.  So, with a game plan change I bought one.  I had it for two days before I finally decided how to create an awesome image with it.  That second day found me heading off to the store again in search of color, shapes and textures to create my vision.   As a matter of fact, in my sprouts search I learned that it is brussels with an “s” sprouts.  Who knew?

Here is my final image.

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For my main light, I used a gridded strip light, a second light with a 7″ reflector with a 20 degree grid and a white board to reflect a hint of light along the base of the sprouts.  I love the way the brussels sprouts twist around that thick vine. Hopefully, the light concentration on the spiral sprouts draws your eye.  I ended up being pleased with the image but now I have to figure out what on earth to do with that green thing.   See you soon!