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Portrait with Fish | by Wylie Maercklein
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Portrait with Fish

From a shoot with Stephanie.


This is the sequel to this shot. I think blonde hair might have worked better, like in the original, because you're able to make out individual strands. I still like this shot, though.


The fish's name is "Bathtub". Bathtub the Fish.


Lighting info: Nearly identical to the old shot. Quote from there: "A 580ex on a stand, with an umbrella pointed straight down. A second 580ex, on camera with a bounce card, adds additional light to the face. The stand is placed in the bathtub, with the model holding it in place with her feet. The light settings were chimped to try and get the in-water and out-of-water lighting fairly equal. Also, a white bath tub seems to act a lot like the interior of a soft box, helping to spread and soften the light."


The only difference is that I didn't use the bounce card onto the face and instead bounced off the ceiling (and sometimes, the wall behind her head).

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Taken on January 12, 2007