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This photoseries (and I purposely write "series" rather than "story") was improvised on a grainy rainy Sunday (just like "En attendant la pluie" that I've previously submitted). I had no specific plan and didn't even knew what the model would wear.

If you know my work, you can easily guess that I rather deeply plan everything in my images or videos. But you know, it was so refreshing to walk in a city I don't know well, and find locations and play with the model. We had fun and I hope that you will enjoy these images.

All 18 images will be gathered into this collection for convenient viewing: [link]

(c) 2010 JS Monzani / Please do not use any of my images without my agreement. LEGAL ACTIONS WILL BE TAKEN IF YOU DO NOT RESPECT THIS COPYRIGHT
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cherrymaan Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
VERY VEY Nice j monzani!!!
jsmonzani Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you! The improvised location + light have been a pleasant surprise on this image :)
Agrafkak Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing light! Truly out of this world!
jsmonzani Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Professional Photographer
A little flashlight helped :)
nik-yo Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
jsmonzani Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks ;)
CarmineDragon Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Haha, this one and no. 18 are my favourites of this series, as well! :D

This series is so stunning, you cannot believe how much you impress me again and again! :glomp: Just amazing, and even more amazing than the already amazing work before :faint: ... you're the best and coolest guy here on dA, really! :)

I laways try to analyse your work, lately. :) ... because I'd just love to get part of this style in my own photos, I hope you don't mind? =)

Did you use a diffusor on the flash here? Or did you reflect the flash light on a diffusor? I just ask because I'm a bit confused there aren't any bright stripes or something on the bottom where the flash used to be :D ...

I know photographers never tell good places for photography (which would be useless anyway as I live somewhere else, hundrets of kilometers away ^^), but would you mind telling me what kind of buildings usually are good for the kind of portraits you do, i.e. either mysterious or with lots of glass? :) (banks, churches, big store houses, ...) I love these two "themes" (mysterious places/ bright places with glass) so much. :aww: ... also, I always wonder why there isn't anybody else in these places. :confused: ... do you shoot on Sundays and ask for permission and the key to get to these places when they're empty? :D ... or different: I know you don't have much time as you're a very busy guy, but would you mind me sending you a note with my current questions for you to (maybe) answer, please? :thanks:

I didn't write much lately, but be sure I had/have a look at all of your work since I watch you and more and just love what you do! :iconepiclaplz: Please don't stop and keep on this great work! :manhug:
jsmonzani Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you :dance:
Finding places it rather difficult. This photo is shot in a sort of abandoned building that is used for alternative concerts mainly or artistic things. We shot on Sunday I think so there weren't much people around but I didn't asked for permission since we were improvising. We just met some people and asked if it was OK to continue shooting and they mumbled OK.

I use an off-camera flash. Since I was improvising, I couldn't carry too many equipment with me so this flash is really basic, without any setting I can change. I just bounced it a little bit I guess. The flash is very low so you can't see it. However, it creates shadows on her face.

Same crappy flash used on the other series "En attendant la pluie".

Glass effect is often recreated digitally in post-production.


CarmineDragon Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
You're so very welcome! :dance: :la: Thank you, too, for replying to such a looong comment! :ashamed: ^^;

At least I'm now confirmed that I'm not the only one who needs to look for good places. ^_^ For some reasons I always thought you'd be there completely alone, silly me. :faint:

I already saw the shadows, yeah, and it would have been better if the shadows were softer, but I really love it though, and if you don't know, you really cannot tell it is improvised! :) Btw: Do you have several flashes? You talked of this flash as a "basic one", do you have a second one? Which town was it you visited, if you don't mind? :aww:

You just amaze me again. :blushes: I'd really love to know how to give photos a glass effect as if photographing through a glass wall! Are there tutorials on the internet that come close to the way you do this? ... that's just so, awesome! :faint:

Thank you so very much and cheers!

Linus :)
jsmonzani Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
Yes, I've got several old flashes, although I don't use them much. I like my Sunpak 3600 for instance.

To fake glass, shoot out of focus images and use Screen blending mode in Photoshop.
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