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Sara Salmeron - Matcho Suba 01

One of the great things I love about photography is playing with light.

All the visual effects in the shot were created in-camera.

This particular image uses a number of techniques.

To start off with, the camera's shutter speed was set at a 1/2 second.

I have a LED batten in the studio which I covered in blue, green and yellow gel to create that 'swing' of light. I also had 2 strobes setup. One setup on each side of Sara and using a blue on the left and a red on the right. The right side strobe was shooting through a window blind and you can just see the effect come through on the right hand side of the image. There was more of the 'blind' effect but I have cropped the image to make it a tighter shot.

The 24-105mm lens had an ND8 filter on it.

During the shoot and with the slow shutter speed, Sara constantly moving and my assistant with the LED batten taped to a broom handle furiously waving around the light, I would slightly move my camera as I fired off the trigger.

This camera movement technique is what created those gold trails. I have no idea what created that cutout ghost effect in the 'light swing' on the right of Sara but I do love that effect.

The dress was created by Matcho from metallic gold round flakes which just added to the overall dynamic effect with all the movement.

Canon 5D Mark II
47mm · f/7.1 · 1/2s · ISO 320
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