2015-1220 MINI BRIEF 1 pt 5 Final Images

Task 3 – Selection of Final Images:

I always find it difficult to choose final pictures and I would normally involve the client in the selection of images; in this case the model worked tfp and the models were pleased to have images of this quality for their portfolios.

My method was to put the pics for each ‘look’ into a folder.

Shoot Digital Folders Film Folders
One 15 9
Two 14 13
Shots 637 120

No easy task to whittle that lot down – less than 2 in every hundred so I choose the best pic from each folder.

I have chosen from both digital and film cameras but the tonal quality of the film pictures stands out and is most representative of the pictures taken by Newton at the time.

Underneath each picture I have summarized why I have chosen that image although on any given day I’d probably choose a different ’10’! At least there were quite a few great pics to choose from!
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I like the strong pose in this image so evocative of Helmut Newton’s work. The black and white tones, the built environment, the sea and the clouds and the graphic shapes of the railings and walls all work together. 35mm lens

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I like this film image shot with a 35mm lens. The rusted steel structure has rendered a rustic grey tone and the spikes add a motif reminiscent of Newton’s edgy style as does the styling and the wide stance and head thrown back pose. The ever present wind has lifted the hair and tugged at the dress adding a feel of motion and dynamism to the shot. A dynamism that is emphasized by the diagonal lines and alignment. I also opted to shoot low with a wide angle lens to emphasize the strong pose and dominance of the model.

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This bench constructed of concrete was a must-do location spotted on a location recce some months before the actual shoot. The voile of the trousers has been lifted by the wind and add a dynamism to the shot. There is also a contrast between the strong pose and the wave like shape of the bench. I also opted to shoot from a low angle with a 38mm focal length to emphasize the strong pose and dominance of the model.

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I like how the carefully(!) captured seagull is in line with her arm and that imaginary line is echoed by the diagonal line towards the top of the tower. Again a pose evocative of Newton’s work made stronger by a low shooting angle and 34mm wide angle lens the wind catching the fabric and the use of white space and lines to draw the viewer  back to the dominant subject placed central in the frame.

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Again strong angular dominant pose with little to distract the viewer other than the contrasting curve of the steps on the sea-defences. Again shot with a 34mm focal length to emphasize the strong pose and dominance of the model.

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I like this film shot on Delta 400 as it shows the pleasing grain of film pictures. Again the rusted steel structure has rendered a rustic grey tone and the spikes add a motif reminiscent of Newton’s edgy style as does the styling and the wide stance. I again opted to shoot low with a wide angle lens to emphasize the strong pose and dominance of the model.

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I like this film picture shot on Ilford HP5 400. Again the grain is noticeable but it isn’t obtrusive and it adds to the period / classic feel to the picture. The pose was inspired by a particular Newton shot and the strong dominant feel was pulled off perfectly. The contrast with the built environment in shape and tone is great and is one of my favourite pictures of the shoot. Could almost be the south of France…!

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I like this film shot on Delta 400 as it shows the pleasing grain of film pictures. Again the rusted steel structure has rendered a rustic grey tone and the spikes add a motif reminiscent of Newton’s edgy style as does the styling, the wide stance and the head thrown back. I again opted to shoot low with a wide angle lens to emphasize the strong pose and dominance of the model.
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Here I like how the sculpture and light has contributed to the fantastic light and shade emphasizing the form of the sculpture. I asked the model to echo the lines of the sculpture and I like the way its turned out. Shot with a 32mm focal length to emphasize the strong pose and dominance of the model.

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Finally a film shot on Ilford Delta 100. I like the strong pose in this image so evocative of Helmut Newton’s work. The black and white tones, styling, the built environment, the sea and the clouds and the graphic shapes of the railings and walls all work together.

So, that’s my top ’10’ well, today’s top ’10’! As I said above on any given day I’d probably choose a different ’10’ as there are so many good ones to choose from.

The images individually and collectively work harmoniously together as a set of images. They are evocative of the era, all monochrome and the different media complement each other.  The concept, the styling, the make-up, the posing and the post-edit treatment came together in a way that delivered what I set out to do.

The models were fantastic – patient as they followed precise directions for posing as we worked together to recreate the poses. We had a laugh doing it too!

The make-up artist / stylist managed to re-create the look and the whole stylistic intent came together around them.

Like a lot of things combining modern technology with classic materials give a fantastic result. Modern lenses / optics with classic film emulsion, scanned to hi-res digital files to allow fine tuning in post edit is an unbeatable classic look and I am very pleased with the results.

Delivering the shoot from concept to realisation and managing the whole project has developed my skill set and given me confidence to shoot more big productions on location.

I set out to deliver a Helmut Newton inspired shoot. On location, recreating stylistic 50s/60s fashion of the era, black and white and shooting 35mm film as well as digital.

  • Broaden my portfolio with adjacency and relevance to my existing work.
  • Provide images for my portfolio, models portfolios and MUA/stylist portfolio
  • Provide images for my websites, models webpages and MUA/stylist web pages.
  • I had never tried to recreate an era based style, so this predetermined approach was akin to receiving a client brief.

I have done all that through this shoot!

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