One Model, Two Photographers & Two Motorcycles

On the first Model Monday, lets take look at the same model photographed by two different photographers with two different motorcycles but on the same day. The guest photographer is my wife, Mary Farace, and the model is Tia Stoneman. Both were made using mostly daylight with speedlights used as fill.

Cliche: Here Mary Farace photographs Tia dressed in leather with motorcycle. What makes Mary’s so much more interesting than the cliche of “girl with bike” is the pose. Instead of, what you might normally do, standing the model next to the bike or sitting on it, she placed Tia in a reclining position with her feet on the handlebars—this pose, of course, works better of the subject is wearing slacks or leather chaps as she is here. Sometimes the initial pose causes the subject to naturally place their hands ad arms and all that’s need for you is a slight refinement of the pose and some additional direction. In the case, Mary only shot two variations on this pose; this is number two. She used an Olympus E-500 with ED 50-200mm F2.8-3.5 SWD lens and an exposure of 1/160 sec at f/2.8 and ISO 100. ©2011 Mary Farace

Same model, different bike, different photographer. I photographed Tia with a dirt bike from a low angle and relatively wide-angle (65mm on a 28-135mm) lens. Now all of the experts will tell you that it’s a bad idea to photography anybody from a low angle because you will see up their nostrils, which to be fair is not always a flattering look. It doesn’t bother me here but if it bothers to and especially your clients don’t do it! Here Tia is posed with all her weight on one leg, something I ask all subjects to do and like any other posing suggestion, sometimes they get it, sometimes they don’t. Then she has the other leg bent and is standing on her toe; that’s all her idea that grew out of us shooting more than 30 images and this one was not the last one; I kept on going. As I’ve said before, it’s a good idea to shoot through a pose and after you’re happy with what you’ve got keep going for 3-5 more shots. You never know what will happen. In this case there are several other good shots after this one, but I like this the best. Exposure with Canon EOS 5D was 1/200 sec at f/8 and ISO 200. ©2011 Joe Farace

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