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Nicole Bennett 03

One of the things I really enjoy with photography is to experiment with lighting and I have been playing with colored gels and metallic body paint for a little while now.

In this particular setup I had a red gel on the left, a blue gel on the right and a yellow gel as a rear back highlight.

During the shoot, the yellow gel had fallen off without me knowing and I kept shooting and by mistake, I ended up with this wonderful gold highlight coming from behind her. This particular 'goof' turned out to have a very cool effect and something I will be experimenting with a bit more in my next Metallica shoot.

Model: Nicole Bennett
Body Paint: Samantha Inglis-Purton

Canon 5D Mark II
50mm · f/8.0 · 1/125s · ISO 200
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Patrick Hall's picture

Very cool image and concept. Care to share what you are using for the silver/metalic effect? Is it paint and does it clean up easily?

Greg Desiatov's picture

I lot of the look is actually done in post production but the gold paint we used is some mix that my MUA creates for the shoot and I have no idea what it is

Greg Desiatov's picture

I recently asked the bodypaint artist what she uses and apparently its a gold dust mixed with olive oil.

The olive oil is what makes the amazing shine and is super easy to wash off.

Audra Oden's picture

This is really amazing!

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Andrew Grey's picture

This is stunning!!!! โค๏ธ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œโค๏ธ

Greg Desiatov's picture

Thanks Andrew

Mauro Scattolini's picture

man, this is stunning! well done!

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