Emily Moore's picture

Lucy's Fascination

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I love when I can manage to make a shot that’s just like the vision in my head, and this one gets pretty darn close. A few weeks ago I decided on the candle melting concept, which I developed to include the victorian theme. I chose my camera settings and the filter to help aid the sense of atmosphere and glow from the candles. I then set about creating the four light setup in @elixxiersoftware’s Set A Light 3D program.

The gridded key light focuses light on the face, hand, and front of the blouse. The 60” octa camera left provides some fill. The background light is positioned behind the candles to give the appearance of the flame hitting a wall. Finally, there is a light overhead to help create hair light and separation from the darker part of the backdrop.

Photographer/MUA/Model: @emilyhmoorephoto
Canvas Backdrop: @clotstudios
Light Mockup: @elixxiersoftware
Lighting: @flashpointlighting @godoxusergroup
Camera: @nikonusa #Z7

Nikon Z7 with Nikon 50mm f/1.8G at F9, 1/10, ISO250 and tiffin 1/2 black pro mist filter.

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Vijay Mewada's picture

amazing !!

Emily Moore's picture

Thanks, Vijay! Hope you're well!

Vijay Mewada's picture

Doing Great. Thanks.

Pascal Thériault's picture

Incredible image, again! And it's generous of you to share those technical details.

Emily Moore's picture

Thanks! I always appreciate when others share so trying to pay it forward.

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Emily Moore's picture

Thanks, Skyler! I'm happy with the way this one turned out.

Jeff Bennion's picture

Another fantastic submission of course.

Emily Moore's picture

Thanks as always, Jeff. I am a great admirer of your work. If I'm ever in the area, I would love to pop by your studio and chat.

Jeff Bennion's picture

If we don't shoot together, I will die disappointed.

Emily Moore's picture

Haha. I'm so flattered. I'll let you know when I make it to San Diego. I've been meaning to at some point soon.

Emily Moore's picture

Good to see a fellow St. Louisan!

Mark Alameel's picture

Not only am I'm impressed with the photo, I'm more in awe that this is a self portrait! Getting everything right on both side of the camera is truly impressive.

Emily Moore's picture

Thanks for noticing the hard work that goes into both sides! Self portraits are definitely a challenge, but they get easier and are a great way to practice lighting. I shoot tethered and now that I have mirrorless, I have eye autofocus, which has improved my ability to do these dramatically.

Camilla Antonsen's picture

This is amazing! Great job

Steven Muha's picture

Perfection. Thank you for this!

keithalton's picture

Beautiful. Great mood and light. I know what you mean, it really feels great when an image comes together.

charles warren's picture

pretty fine shot