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Ink is Defiance

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Anyone who knows my work, knows that I love tattoos. So many of my models sport incredible ink, but the average tattoo shot is like looking at a slab of meat.  The technique and style leaves a lot to be desired. My photos are more about subtlety and suggestion than that. This weekend, thanks to the powers that be at the PHILADELPHIA TATTOO ARTS CONVENTION – Which will be held February 13th-15th 2015, I will have the opportunity to tweak the boundaries once again with photo subjects that are as defiant about their body art as I am about my photography.  I think it will be a good mix. 

Link: PHILADELPHIA TATTOO ARTS CONVENTION

Techy Photo Stuff:

Model:  Ruby Chiex, Nikon D800, Nikon 60mm f/2.8, 1/250, Nikon SB-800 fired remote using Nikon CLS, ISO 160

This was a strobist-style shot using a hand held speedlight.

Other Tattooed Eye Candy below:

Beleive

Snuzzles

Snuzzles

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Urban Faerie

UrbanFae

Urban Faeries – Some Fae folk that have adapted to deforestation and acclimated to humans. You’ll find them living in cities and towns, taking advantage of deserted buildings and alley ways.  Sometimes they’ll live in attics and cellars of occupied buildings – usually unnoticed. Never to be bothered – at your own peril.

Models: Alex and Julie Abene – The Twin Bees

Designer: Kristin Costa Designs – https://kristincosta.wordpress.com/

Techie Photo Stuff:

This photo was made with the awesome Tokina 11.0-16.0 mm f/2.8 for Nikon – a DX format lens that is worth it’s weight in awesome.  I call it my Tim Burton lens and it is my go to for so many shots because it is small, compact, inexpensive and light for a solid f/2.8 lens. The light was thrown using Nikons onboard wireless controller – CLS – to a Nikon SB-600 speedlight held above the subject in Vogue ‘high key’ position.  Kudos to Bill Gekas and Johannes Vermeer.
  • Nikon D90
  • ƒ/4.0
  • 12.0 mm
  • 1/60 sec
  • 200 iso
  • Flash (on, fired) (Wireless remote)

Believe

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“That sense of loss grew within the hearts of the humans who had been left behind, left to live without unicorns. Even the ones who had never seen a unicorn, felt the passing of something sweet and wonderful. It was as if the air had surrendered a bit of its spice, the water a bit of its sparkle, the night a bit of its mystery.”
― Bruce Coville

Techie Stuff: f/2.8 for drama. Natural, diffused light for softness and to leverage the  beauty of the subject. A teeny drip of fill.  This girl was just too pretty to mess with very much.

Nikon D800 , 28.0-70.0 mm f/2.8, ƒ/2.8,  70.0 mm, 1/80, 100 ISO

Sometimes Twins Don’t Look Alike

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Sometimes two people meet one another and you know they are twins. They might not have the same look or the same last name, they might not even look like each other or be close in age,  but you know, spiritually, they are twins.  Sometimes it’s better to keep them separated, for they trouble they might get into.  This is the case here, and it is another reason whey you never mess with Faeries.

Autumn Faerie Queen

Autumn Faerie

Encountered near Baltimore, this Autumn Faerie was brazen, bold and colorful.  Fae cannot be seen unless they want you to see them.

“This is a work of fiction. All the characters in it, human and otherwise, are imaginary, excepting only certain of the fairy folk, whom it might be unwise to offend by casting doubts on their existence. Or lack thereof”. ~Neil Gaiman

Technical:  Nikon D90, 55mm, ISO 250, 1/160@F/11, wireless Speedlight – off camera, cls controlled. To shoot a faerie in the wild, you have to hand hold your lights.

Mom, I’m dating a clown. And he’s evil.

My new clown

My new clown

Any grrrl that has her own snake should be smart enough to know not to date an evil, undead clown.  Gertrude is an exception. All you evil, undead clowns out there take heart – you need not spend your life alone eating Cheetos and watching porn movies; There’s a lid for every pot.

A straight-on, hand-held Nikon flash was fired slightly off camera using Nikon’s wireless CLS system to create an even fill. The aperture was stopped down to reduce ambient intrusion, however you may notice a second head growing out of clown boy’s cheek.