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More of Amber just hanging around.

Lit with 2 softboxes stacked camera left (you can see from the way the light wraps around her and the shadow cast by her foot on the floor)
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:iconm59photography:
M59Photography Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Professional Photographer
Love the lighting.
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fmsecretplace Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
I love how the light is sculpting her body. Lovely tension too.
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Saafs Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
nice lighting the contrast/shadows are sick the form bleeds into the fabric good job
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OddDuckQuacking Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What a beautiful model! Fantastic shot! <3
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calvesgroper Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
i wanna flood her repeatedly
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mjranum Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
I bet the internet is the closest you get to women like that. :D
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:iconcalvesgroper:
calvesgroper Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
no, i just pay for them
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youknowusk Featured By Owner May 29, 2010
hola!
cai i take your photo for a reference?
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:iconmjranum:
mjranum Featured By Owner May 29, 2010
My rules regarding using my images as stock or reference: [link]
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Mareth Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008  Student General Artist
Eeee, I really love the lighting on her. It looks so...perfect. XD
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depresedescapist Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I LOVE this shot. I love her hands, her arms, the twist of her torso, her collarbone area, the left leg, how the light faintly glows on the right of her torso... I just wish that her right foot were behind her left leg.

But I just ADORE the composition of this pose.
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mjranum Featured By Owner May 13, 2008
:D Aren't you breaking some kind of federal law, looking at these? :D

Agreed about the leg positioning. What you can't see is that she was sort of spinning around because the fabric was twisted. So I was kind of grabbing shots as I could.
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depresedescapist Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That sounds so fun. I'd love to do hanging shots. Did your school have monkey bars? If so, you should bring them inside and put them in your studio.

I'd really love to see you fake a wide angle camera, have a model lay down, and then do a freakishly dramatic angled shot. Like those awesome skyscraper shots bosniak does all the time, but with a hawt chick with legs that will look like they really do go on forever. I don't know anything about photography so I have no idea whether that is actually possible or not though.
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mjranum Featured By Owner May 13, 2008
I'd love to do hanging shots.

That's easy to arrange. :D No monkey bars. All I got was a basketball backstop. :(

The wide angle stuff usually uses a kind of lens I don't own (because I don't do that kind of shot very much)... I think a lot of my work is from a stand-off distance as an attempt to keep an emotional barrier between myself and my subject.
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depresedescapist Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"I think a lot of my work is from a stand-off distance as an attempt to keep an emotional barrier between myself and my subject."

Interesting...

Aww, that's sad. Monkey bars are the shit. You should just weld some random metal shit (I'm sure you've got some on your farm or at the school somewhere) together. Almost as fun as climbing all over abandoned buildings.
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pyrohan Featured By Owner May 10, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
damn the humen body really is beautiful,
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:iconmjranum:
mjranum Featured By Owner May 10, 2008
It can be, yep!
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:iconpyrohan:
pyrohan Featured By Owner May 10, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
man she really go forms that woman
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Flashpass Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008  Hobbyist
Hey! I got another one for you. You take great art reference shots. Let me know what you think...

[link]
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eclipse-gt Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008
perfect work with the light
it's just amazing
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:iconevildogfish:
evildogfish Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008   Writer
Best one of the series!
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Foto-Graf84 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008  Professional Photographer
:clap: your fablous work has been featured in our :clap:

- Putting the Art Back into Artistic Nudes - Journal

Please look here: [link]
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mjranum Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
Always an honor.
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DarkFixation Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008  Student
Wow amazing lighting and cool pose, Amber has to be your best model yet- both in stock and your work here!
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xaltair Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008
lovely model
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SAMIGUY101 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008  Professional Photographer
There has been a commercial on TV lately where the model is swinging and holding on to pieces of red fabric kind of the way your model is doing but the TV model is completely off the floor, by what looks like 6 or so feet, which reminds me of an act in "Cirque Du Soleil" where the performer is really high off the floor and this series of your images remind me of that commercial. It looks goods.
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mjranum Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008
I would love love love love love love to photograph cirque de soleil. Can you imagine how cool that would be?! WOW!
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SAMIGUY101 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008  Professional Photographer
Yeahhhhhhhhhh MAN who wouldn't!!!!!!!!!
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:icontysonius:
tysonius Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008
Perfect angle on the lighting, really defines her figure. Did you move her or the lighting?
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:iconmjranum:
mjranum Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008
Good catch; I think I moved the lights back a little bit.
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:icontysonius:
tysonius Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008
Do you usually leave the camera in one spot, and just move lights when you're shooting?
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mjranum Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008
I move the lights sometimes and usually I move around a fair bit. It depends on what lights I am using. If I am using the big octodome I usually have a big sheet of black foam-core flagging the spill off so it doesn't fall on the lens of my camera (reduces sharpness) in that case I have to stay within the shadow of the flag.
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tysonius Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008
Ah, thanks! One other question: if you're shooting from shadow, do you have to adjust your exposure (i.e., photos shot from the shade outdoors are often overexposed; is the same true indoors)?
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mjranum Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008
oh yeah, and by getting my exposures basically dead on, I don't need to bother with all the associated bullshizzat of shooting RAW and processing RAW. I shoot a 12 megapixel camera that burps out 2 meg JPEGs and my card is an 8 gig CF. To make matters worse my camera has an extended battery pack/grip. So I can basically shoot for 2 or 3 days without having to pause, if I want to.
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tysonius Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
2 or 3 days must be a long modeling session. ;) I've discussed RAW vs. JPG format before in regard to its utility for post-processing with another photographer, I think. My understanding at the time was that while a RAW image contains absolutely all the information you could possibly want about an image, most of the time high-resolution JPG is sufficient. I realize this is a generality, but certainly for an amateur such as myself I suspect that any possible advantage held by the RAW format is outweighed by other, more basic issues of technique (and of course, I can stuff way more JPG images into memory).
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mjranum Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
Shooting just JPG will force you to learn about exposure. :)

I know some photographers who shoot RAW and they literally don't understand why they have to work harder on some scenes. "Uh, that's because you got the exposure wrong..."

To me, learning to expose correctly means a lot of time saved not having to fix mistakes in photoshop that I can avoid making in the camera. It dramatically cuts down on my post-work time.
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mjranum Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008
I meter with an incident flashmeter held right in the scene, so my exposures are pretty much guaranteed to be perfect (unless I mis-read the LCD or something dumb like that, which I have been known to do if I've drunk too much "photographing fluid") So things like that aren't a problem.

What it does is (apparently) increases the contrast a bit. I need to do some blinded experiments to see if it's real or just my imagination.
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tysonius Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
So a camera's internal exposure meter isn't adequate for your purposes; how do you feel about the camera's meter vs. an external model in general? Sufficient? Inadequate?
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mjranum Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
The camera's internal meter can't read correctly since the strobes don't fire until you take the picture. Often, at this point, I can just tell what the lighting levels will be, based on how I set the lights and the flashpack up.

You can always get an acceptable exposure by trial and error using the histogram. But back when I shot film that didn't work. :)
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CinnamonAndSpite Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008
Wow! I think this is the most artful piece of lighting I've seen you do yet! Great job!
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mjranum Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008
It's actually kind of my "standard" lighting but by making the beam vertical it increases the tendency to throw shadows. I also moved the light so that it was slightly behind her instead of 90 degrees left. You're right it's dramatic but it's a matter of literally 6" movement of the lights.
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CinnamonAndSpite Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008
No matter how simple, its just awesome~!
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EricJohn Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Another beautiful one. I love this series.
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De3pBl4ck Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Methinks this may be the finest series you ever produced.
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I like how the lighting is providing relief for her muscle tone, and seemingly wraps around her body like fine linen or silk.
I keep hoping this series never ends...
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:iconmjranum:
mjranum Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008
Everything comes to an end, eventually.
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:iconde3pbl4ck:
De3pBl4ck Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, that's what I was afraid of...
:(
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Fylk Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008   Writer
I have to say, this has got to be one of my favorite one of your pieces. Its amazing. Really amazing.
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Dreamsigner Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008   Photographer
Great!
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deviant-art-guy Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Do you hand hold your camera in shots like this or is it on a tripod? Sorry for the rookie question. :) I'm trying to understand photography more and how the shots come to be.
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mjranum Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008
Most of my studio work is handheld. You really don't need a tripod when you're working with studio strobes. Because my lights are so bright I am shooting typically exposures at 1/125sec f/16 - which has a lot to do with how crisp they look.
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