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Ashley at Essar Steel

© Billy Wilson 2010


A shot of Ashley at night infront of Essar Steel. This is Ashley, I met her on Model Mayhem, her Model Mayhem number is 1216213.


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About the Photo

*Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS *Lens: EF 50mm ƒ/1.8 II *Shutter Speed: 0.5 Sec. *Aperture Value: ƒ/1.8 *ISO: 100 *Focal Length: 50mm (80mm Equivalent in 35mm Film)


I shot this on a tripod using mirror lockup, a polarizing filter, and a remote switch. I cross lit this shot to bring out some more detail on the model. To the right of the camera I had a Canon Speedlite 430EX II at 1/64 power at 24mm being shot into a 60" Westcott reflective umbrella about 4.5 feet away from her. To the left of the camera I had a Vivitar flash at full power with a cloth diffusing it being shot into another 60" Westcott reflective umbrella also about 4.5 feet away from the model. Both light stands were secured by assistants to prevent the wind from knocking them over. The Speedlite was triggered by a Canon ST-E2 wireless Speedlite transmitter and the Vivitar flash was triggered optically.


I opened the RAW file in ACR and added a lot of layers of clarity with the spot adjustment brush, I opened the RAW file in CS4 and selectively dodged and burned to bring out mid tone contrast. I then put the detail enhanced image ontop of an unedited version of the image and changed the blend mode to luminousity to avoid any HDR-like colouration. I then flattened the image and saved as a 16 bit TIFF file. I then painted colour into the image using the brush tool on a layer set to blend mode color, I did this for most parts of the image, since my process made the colours look dull. I then used the patch tool and the spot healing brush to go around the image and remove any noticable noise, to soften the light, and to remove skin imperfections. I also removed some crazy hairs around the model's head with the clone tool. At the end of the editing I saved as a 16 bit TIFF file, converted to sRGB colourspace and saved as a JPEG to upload to the internet.


Stunning Large on Black

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Taken on August 12, 2010