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    I had the privilage of international singing star Yulia MacLean with me in the studio most of the day. We shot a LOT of frames, and I quickly discovered that she's a real "chimper" (one who likes to look at the TV/Monitor to see what the last shot looks like) - so here's a shot of her looking at a shot of her

    She's a real trooper - despite feeling exhaused from here concert here the previous night - missing a few hours sleep - and looking after her 3 month old son, she still gave the shoot everything she had. She really is as nice a person on the inside as she looks on the outside -- and we both had a lot of fun shooting throughout the day.

    Say Hello to ... Yulia

    PS: Shameless plug -> www.yulia.co.nz

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    Nice structural composition, Colin. Some very solid triangle shapes that give it a nice balanced feel. Hope you don't mind me drawing all over her. The colours are good, too. The whole thing looks very fresh and alert with lots of verve. I love verve.

    So, she can sing better than me. That can't be right, surely?

    Say Hello to ... Yulia

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    Hi Rob,

    Thanks for the kind words

    Oh yes -- the girl can sing! She won a European song contest this year, and early next year is recording at Abby Road and doing a show for PBS. Not sure what your singing is like, but generally speaking, mine can clear a room faster than a fire alarm ...

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    Beautiful!!! What a wonderful photograph Colin.

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    Ok let's dispense with the wonderful singing, the stellar photography & talk about the dress! It looks stunning - may we see any full length of it?

    P.s Guess who really is speaking to you here? - yes indeed miss Fashionista ... Again

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilgk View Post
    Ok let's dispense with the wonderful singing, the stellar photography & talk about the dress! It looks stunning - may we see any full length of it?
    You forgot to mention the shoes!

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    Wow, she is really nice looking
    Rob, I LOL'd at your comments on structure
    Colin, I've seen that white table before - is that just an upside down fluorescent light fixture, or .... what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squidgy View Post
    Beautiful!!! What a wonderful photograph Colin.
    Thanks Nigel - can't take all the credit though ... having a stunning celebrity as a model helps a little too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilgk View Post
    Ok let's dispense with the wonderful singing, the stellar photography & talk about the dress! It looks stunning - may we see any full length of it?

    P.s Guess who really is speaking to you here? - yes indeed miss Fashionista ... Again
    Hi Fashionista,

    Your Mum asked me to eMail her photos of all the dresses, and she's going to buy them all for you for Christmas (but it's a secret, so don't tell!).

    Here's a full-length photo for you (sorry Rob, no shoes!)

    Say Hello to ... Yulia

    PS: Not sure specifically how much they cost, but they were all in the $150 -> $275 range (I think this one was at the high end of that).
    Last edited by Colin Southern; 13th December 2011 at 12:05 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedneeder View Post
    Colin, I've seen that white table before - is that just an upside down fluorescent light fixture, or .... what?
    Hi Brian,

    It's a light table that I designed and built. Basically a wooden frame with 10mm translucent acrylic on top, and I whack a large softbox on a studio head - whack the head on a boom arm - and then position it pointing upwards underneath. It gives a beautiful under-lighting, which is then balanced with a fill light and a hair light (and in this case 2 more back lights) - so 5x 1200WS lights used on that shot (shot at F20 off memory -- as you can see, the diffraction totally ruined the shot ()

    Biggest problem with it is that the light coming through is very bright (at minimum setting) (about F18) - and you have to balance it with a very bright fill light. At least DoF isn't an issue!

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    I can honestly say, I have neve tried to shoot a person at f20!
    Now I see why!

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedneeder View Post
    I can honestly say, I have neve tried to shoot a person at f20!
    Now I see why!
    You won't need F20 with speedlights

    Seriously, many don't think of this, but unless you start applying ND gels to selected strobes, then often the basic setup is oriented around the minimum power output that the strobes will do, because everythig else is relative to that (sometimes you can move a light away, but that can create problems with light contamination).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Southern View Post
    It's a light table that I designed and built. Basically a wooden frame with 10mm translucent acrylic on top... biggest problem with it is that the light coming through is very bright (at minimum setting) (about F18) - and you have to balance it with a very bright fill light. At least DoF isn't an issue!
    I use that stuff. It's very good. Mine is too bright as well, but I find using two pieces sandwiched together does the trick. You can also get different thickness material.

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    She has a 3 months old son!!!!
    She is a stunning lady & you have taken great images, as always, Colin. Thanks for the information about the table. But it kinda went over my head. I haven't tried strobes etc as yet, so don't know how they behave, practically.
    Also, I like he seamless background in her full length picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Southern View Post
    Hi Fashionista,

    Your Mum asked me to eMail her photos of all the dresses, and she's going to buy them all for you for Christmas (but it's a secret, so don't tell!).

    Here's a full-length photo for you (sorry Rob, no shoes!)

    Say Hello to ... Yulia

    PS: Not sure specifically how much they cost, but they were all in the $150 -> $275 range (I think this one was at the high end of that).
    Thankyou - I'll buy her 2 if it stops the Tattoo or 2!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob marshall View Post
    I use that stuff. It's very good. Mine is too bright as well, but I find using two pieces sandwiched together does the trick. You can also get different thickness material.
    Thanks Rob,

    I ran with 10mm because we felt that was the best strength without going overboard (having babies fall through - getting lacerations, burns, and then electrocuted can cause a LOT of damage to the equipment.

    Anything thicker would just have been more expensive (I think is was about $200 as it was). I've got some ND gel that I could try, but to be honest, it's not a big deal as the lights can handle it quite easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sahil View Post
    She has a 3 months old son!!!!
    She is a stunning lady & you have taken great images, as always, Colin. Thanks for the information about the table. But it kinda went over my head. I haven't tried strobes etc as yet, so don't know how they behave, practically.
    Also, I like he seamless background in her full length picture.
    Thanks Sahil,

    Yeah - the baby is the real star of the show

    Yes, she's a stunning lady, inside and out - and absolutely insanely talented.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilgk View Post
    Thankyou - I'll buy her 2 if it stops the Tattoo or 2!
    I've told my daughter that if she gets tats or additional piercings then I'm writing her out of my will!

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    Re: Say Hello to ... Yulia

    Had to do a Google search to see who she was and now I know. Great job on the photos

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melkus View Post
    Had to do a Google search to see who she was and now I know. Great job on the photos
    Thanks Paul

    Some of her albums are available on iTunes if you want to treat yourself to a power-house vocal performance.

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