I’ve slacked for a couple days while preparing our backyard for new grass. Time to play catch up. What better way to start things off than with a nude of our favorite Asian model Anna!
Created in my modest basement living room studio using a Canon 5D, Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L lens, Alien Bees B800 strobe and red seamless background paper. The model is my lovely wife Sharon.
See you tomorrow!
The nude figure is such a fascinating creation. There isn’t a single man-made object that emotes such unfettered beauty. Man (or woman), however, does have the ability to portray that divine creation in many ways.
Some choose to show the beauty through emotive and romantic portraiture, others choose to juxtapose soft, romantic skin against the texture of a rough wooden shed or barn and yet others choose to show a raw side of this form that others opine as something other than beautiful. to me, it is all beautifully divine.
When I capture and create a photographic image, particularly a nude image, a boudoir image for a private client, a figure study that I feel will add to my collective body of work or a glamour image for a beautiful model, I am capturing the beauty of the figure in front of my lens as I see it. I must create a beautiful image. To do so, I must “feel” something about the subject. Feeling something about the subject creates a powerful image. If I don’t feel something, there is no point in even trying.
Perhaps Helmut Newton said it best when he said, “My job as a portrait photographer is to seduce, amuse and entertain.”
The beautiful figure in the image above is a figure study that will be featured in my book. This image was created in my studio during the young woman’s first nude session.
Until next time..
Ray Akey Photography
Back in 2007, I finally picked up a set of gels for my Alien Bees studio lights. I wanted to create more of a classic nude yet I wanted it toned. I set up a strobe to camera right and put an orange gel on it. It threw way too much light on the model without light modification. Ater weighing the option of using a snoot or a grid, I put a 30 degree honeycomb grid on the strobe, metered it to 1/60s and an aperture of f/11 and shot this image with my Canon 5D.
I think it turned out wonderful!
Until next time..
Welcome to my new blog. This blog, an extension of my Slices in Time blog, will feature only my nude photography.
Since this is my first post on the blog, it is only suitable that I should post my favorite archive image. This image has a story to it as most of the images I post on this blog will. Sometimes they will be funny, sometimes thought-provoking, sometimes erotic and sometimes (as you will find out) shocking. One thing is certain; I will always try to make it interesting to you, our readers. .
Back in 2005, Sharon and I attended an arts event called “Art In The Woods,” which featured buskers and artists from Windsor and area. There we met a local film photographer named Bob Pope. He introduced us to his work, mostly a product of 35mm film. We took a business card, took a stroll and enjoyed the other artists and displays around the event grounds and finally went home. We crossed paths with Bob again at a later date, at which time Sharon and I mentioned that were afficionados of nude photography and practiced creating nude images. Bob, a man of good taste immediately expressed interest in shooting Sharon if we were interested. As it turns out, we were. We wanted to see how another photographer would see Sharon “through his eyes.” Bob secured a location; an old industrial building that used to be an army barracks, located on the corner Albert St. and Edna, in Windsor. We met him for a nude photo shoot of Sharon.
The industrial building was full of character and the walls inside were painted silver; yes SILVER! Bob, a member of the Arts Council – Windsor and Region proceeded to take some beautiful photos of Sharon in various states of dress and undress.
I wouldn’t be able to call myself a photographer if I didn’t bring my own camera. As a matter of fact, I did. I brought my new Canon “Digital Rebel” 300D digital SLR (my first dSLR) and my Canon 100-400mm stabilized lens. During a break in shooting, while Bob changed film, I took a shot of Sharon leaning against a pillar in the building.
The image I am talking about is, of course, the image at the top of this post. It is titled “Industrial,” and has been a personal favorite of mine and Sharon’s ever since that day. I posted it on my Photo-A-Day site (feel free to google for it) and I am proud to share the image with he readers of this blog. If you would like to see a larger version of INDUSTRIAL, click on the image above.
Thanks for tuning in and stay tuned for future posts!