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Anna Rose

I'd long wanted to work with the UK-based model, gymnast & dancer Anna Rose. I finally got chance earlier this year. She has the most extraordinary physique and control of her dynamic movement, as well as a dancer's inner vision of what makes an interesting shape.

Anna suggested the original variant of those pose; I suggested a few refinements. We must have tried it about a dozen times, refining the lighting slightly after each shot.

Lighting: Gridded 120cm octa camera left, feathered across the model & off the backdrop

Gridded strip camera right, angled downwards

Gridded beauty dish camera right below the stripbox to continue the highlight down the body. If I had a longer strip box I'd have used that instead.

7" dish bouncing off a white reflector on the floor to light the face & provide a little fill.

Post: Tidy & extend the background & a little bit of skin & contrast work, but really very little indeed. I think the simplicity of this image doesn't need much work.

I've deliberately left some texture in the backdrop. I've altered it a little but I think the image is stronger for looking less perfect.

I actually prefer a 1:1.44 vertical crop but I've kept it square as it looks so much better in thumbnails.

Nikon D750
85mm · f/6.3 · 1/200 · ISO 200
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Nicholas Chopp's picture

Might be the first photo I've commented on here - this is outstanding. The lighting is great, pose is phenomenal, and the conservative processing is perfect.

Simon Carter's picture

Nicholas, thank you so much!

glenn kaupert's picture

outstanding, indeed!

Simon Carter's picture

thank you!