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Water fairy

By alexiuss
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Highly experimental, fluid, high speed: 1/10'000th of a second photography.

From time to time I host workshops in Toronto teaching on how to take photographs such as this one. Send an email to svitart@gmail.com to inquire.

Director:
Vitaly S Alexius

Model: :iconnahlah:

Assistant photographer:
Wayne

Hair styling by:
The Trichome Evolution

Studio assistant:
Chico

3 cameras, 3 speedlights, one reflector, one water-proofed studio.

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IMAGE DETAILS
Image size
1100x999px 243.06 KB
Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS
Shutter Speed
4/1 second
Aperture
F/9.0
Focal Length
33 mm
ISO Speed
400
Date Taken
Jul 1, 2009, 8:44:05 PM
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© 2009 - 2020 alexiuss
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I really love how you use water to cloth this faerie. However, some sort of background, it doesn't have to be as eye-popping as the faerie but some thing faint that someone can look off into the distance. Or some other object that the faerie maybe holding, maybe a chalice of some sort. A story should be conveyed through a picture rather than just a pretty picture (not that there is anything wrong with that). The water and body have correct highlights which is very well done. Overall this picture is very well done, you do have a lot of talent, keep up the great work.
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could the argument be made that the wings & skirt are unbalanced? just a thought. but i love the texture of the splashes in the skirt, in contrast w/ the more silky appearance of the wings. i am fascinated w/ the concept of fluid costume, having recently discovered it by a photographer's work w/ "milk dresses" and a pin-up theme. conceptually striking, the lines of the splashes compliment the lines of the model's figure. but i have always wondered, how does one manipulate the splash patterns in general? is it simply a matter of trial & error/guesswork? or is there a science behind it? how much is digitally enhanced and/or layered?
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AMAZING in one word. Frame by frame was an amazing choice for you to use and you did it excellently!! The water not only made the skirt and the wings of the fairy but also her necklace and bracelet. She looks captivated by something in the distance which adds mystery to the picture. Her pose appears natural. The flowers really bring the color scheme out of the water and pulls it into the model. The fairy thing is an adorable way to get people's attention. It may be slightly over done, but fairy tales never die out. Overall Rating: Excellent.
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i think that model isn't for this picture at all , she looks more wicked than the water around her ,more cold hearted (maybe watery) face needed . also makeup and hairstyle isn't quite good . as for technique it's scened and pictured with high quality of skills for sure. though light isn't enough somehow , i don't know... maybe closing up speedlights would solve that or placing one speedlight right to the back of model . in sum technique is amazing and beautiful and i can't give less than five stars. everything other is mediocre and don't think it's original. in the end i'm like : hey ,that's interesting artist , i will wait for another pieces from and that's all it's about , isn't it.
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This is really quite beautiful. This is really interesting photography. I like how you made her look like a fairy. Just one question. How did you do this? It looks like she has only one wing so you didn't get all of the points that you could on technique. I really like how you added flowers to her hair. That makes for a really unique hairstyle. How long did it take you to make this piece? (Or did you just photoshop it?) Either way it's a really unique piece. Could I bother you to check out some of my art sometime. I also have a TeddyRamirez group, with a contest going on, if you want to join.<img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/s/s…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/>
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If you look closely at the base of the wing, you will see what looks like the outline of a second, but mostly hidden by the first.
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Oh I see.
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Pretty good! The way you got the water to get in that position and how you managed to capture the image at the right time I'll have no idea, but just the overall concept of this piece is just phenomenal. Even if it was Photoshopped, it still shows some really good technique and capability.

If I had to give this a rating between 1 and 10, ten being the highest and 1 being the lowest, I'd go with an 8.5 at the least!

Keep up the good work, don't let any negative criticism get you down, and reach for the stars. <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/w/w…" width="15" height="15" alt=";)" title=";) (Wink)"/>
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Whoa! its very impresive at the first view, cool dynamic on the water. Now the "negative" points:
It can be better if you do a little more work on photoshop because it doesnt look so realistic.
Maybe a couple more shadows and more integracion on the woman.
I love the water-necklace on his neck, its very original! and have a lot details around the body.
I only see one fail: the water. Its very hard to manipulate it but you know, a couple more shadows and thats all <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/b/b…" width="15" height="15" alt=":D" title=":D (Big Grin)"/>

Anyway, this deviation its amazing and I really love it!

CONGRATULATIONS!
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Oh. Wow.

Do you know that you've failed?
It's not photoshopped.
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Your ignorance is amusing but an insult to the artist who took the picture, not "photoshoped"

Maybe before you review a piece of work, you check the details of the photo.
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I have to chime in and agree that this seems to me like a shot that was captured in camera. Even though though no one can know for sure what someone has done in Photoshop, I know from experience that the best captures usually come about with a lot of experimentation and determination, vision (and so many more things which I could go on all day about) and obviously skills that shine on the shoot. Bad photo into photoshop = bad photo out (or maybe slightly less bad after good retouching) there is nothing that I could possibly criticise in this photograph. Also sometimes people say that my in camera captures look photoshopped. That kind of makes me smile, and I hope that people's disbelief in your ability to capture this in-camera makes you smile too because it should. I've really made an assumption here and I'm going to go with it. Well done. If you do get a chance to reply I have just one question. How do you shoot at 10,000 th of a second? Most DSLR's will go to 2000 th or maybe 4000 th, but 10,000 is quite a jump! Now I can only make a second guess (again) and that it's the flash exposure that is this length of time, but I could be wrong and would love to know. I'm going to vote unfair on the critique because I feel that it doesn't really take into account the level of craftsmanship that has occurred on this shoot. There is always an element of luck to any photograph, but here I feel that you've created your own luck and done it superbly. Bravo!
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Doesn't look realistic? Of course it's real, it's a photograph!
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Agreed. This is a genuine photo, there is no "more" work to be done in Photoshop. There was none done in the first place.
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It's not a manipulation... it's a photo :\
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Alexiuss. “Water fairy”.

I like it that the model is so formally posed, whether that was the artist’s intent or simply an unavoidable technical circumstance of working with such an accelerated flash-speed. The model reminds me of the official portraits of Royalty from centuries past, in which the “story” of the painting is told in the elaborately-designed and intricately-detailed costuming and backgrounding of the otherwise motionless and frozen-faced subject. In this photograph, the model may be forever anonymous to future generations, but the “story” of the &#x201C<img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/w/w…" width="15" height="15" alt=";p" title="Wink/Razz" />ortrait” is told entirely in the near-magical effect of the splashing water caught in a fraction of a second’s time. That the suggestion of an angel’s wings is revealed – and isn’t any female brave enough to surrender her vulnerable form into an artist’s hands a genuine angel? – is validation of the sort of (possibly mystical) discovery that can only be achieved with the marriage of artist and technology. Some &#x201C<img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/w/w…" width="15" height="15" alt=";p" title="Wink/Razz" />ure” artists decry the digitalization of art as the soul-killing death of art. I say that any and every advance in technology, in the hands of the proper artist, will reveal even better glimpses of the human soul, rather than obscure it.
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great words man, I think this is the only critique I ever read here that really impressed me, the artist sure deserves these words :ahoy:
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Hey man much appreciated, thanks for taking the time to let me know that. Check out some of the other critiques on my page if you like. I don't have any art posted but i will be posting some stories soon. Thanks again.
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you're most welcome
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First off, congratulations on the success of this photograph. It is unique in technique and leaves me awed by how you have created it. You really deserve the popularity it has achieved. I admire your patience as well! I can only imagine the amount of work you and your team put into this shoot.
I think the model's expression and pose could be improved, her expression doesn't quite give the impact that the rest of the image does, with the intense movement, and refreshing look of the water. She doesn't seem to embrace it as much. I think that would have made a huge difference.
I like how the water sprays around her neck, almost giving her a necklace, and the trail of water behind her is so elegant.
The nudity is very tasteful, it emphasises her beauty in an innocent way, which is why I would have liked to see her looking more confident. She looks beautiful.
Also, I wonder why you cannot see her feet, I think it may have been framed better with them showing.
I am really awed once again by the technique, your experiment really payed off, it is an incredible idea. I no doubt believe your work inspires many photographers. I am truely a huge fan. Thank you for sharing your artwork with us.
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The model is a little stiff, presumeably a result of a split second flash in otherwise darkness.
I love the curve of her back, but I wish her right arm was further forward, so that th back was more striking against the black, and not blocked, but again, largely due to the short flash time, and my only real critique for her is that I wish she was making eye contact with the camera.


The wing bothers me slightly, I can't tell if it has been manipulated, or if it was a fluke, similarly with the dryness of her face, hair and legs; but I am more inclined to it not being a manip, because amazing things are exposed when you capture something faster than you can see it with the naked eye, and I simply adore the little splash over her shoulder, that looks like she's wearing an off the shoulder gown.

Overall, a classy nude, and that's not something you would generally hear for a naked girl being drenched in water, with a nice atmosphere and a beautiful model. It's not something I wouldn't feel comfortable showing my mother.

I don't know if you experimented with the lighting at different angles for this piece, but maybe a strong backlight or a light from underneath would wield interesting results...?
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OMG. Really. This work astounds me.
I have to admit that I just keep coming back for more. Everytime I see something by you with water motion I scurry to your page to check out the details.

I can't even begin to fathom how hard working with water like this must be. The lighting and backround add to the picture but not enough to take away from it either. I love that.
I do have to agree with *ales-kotnik though. It bothered me a little to see that her legs were in fact dry (or otherwise looked that way).

Otherwise? Fantastic work!
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This piece has and will continue to astound me. Like most of the things here on DeviantART I was thinking it was just another digitally altered stock. Though upon reading the artists comments I was amazed to find I was wrong and that this piece is not only very beautiful, but very creative as well. the technique and skill this must have taken is thrilling and the choice of a model, make up, and hair is very wise. Though I would have liked her expression to be a little more, whimsical and fairy-like I can understand why it is not.

The over all piece i very well lit and I adore how every aspect of the dress is water, the bust with the splash from her hands, the dress flowing from her waist and the necklace are beautiful. Though, I can not begin to question how the wings were made, I love them none-the-less. Very beautiful, and very well done. The hair pieces and makeup compliment the water well and her skin tone gives it a very natural feel.

Astounding and promising work from an amazing artist. The only thing I would change is that her feet disappear half way, but this minor thing is nothing to be over concerned with.

Great work and I am puzzled why this is not a Daily Deviation.
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This is another icredible artwork from you.

I've compared this work with your previous water experiment ("Sea Up") and i have to admit that this one has better lighting (it's not so strong), water looks more realistic (it has more details) and you actually designed her skirt and wings.
flowers in hair are another great addition.

Only thing that somehow bothers me is that she doesn't looks wet. You have made some highlights on
shoulders and flanks but legs looks dry although she wear water skirt.
Otherwise this is amazing concept which shows what is possible to make with water, photographic talent, computer graphic skills and lovely model.
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