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New Shots of Kirsten

Posted in shoots by graham dunn is a city of industry on September 3, 2009

New shots of Kirsten, lit with a gridded beauty dish high and to the left. This was a quick and fun shoot. Makeup by Juxta.



What’s Been Goin’ On

Posted in shoots by graham dunn is a city of industry on August 22, 2009

After shooting Chelsea in Corpus Christi back in late June, Jess and I sold the house and had to be out in 10 days. We packed up and headed to Los Angeles. There are some Contax T2 pictures from the drive out that are at the lab to come soon.

Since getting here, we’ve had a few shoots, one impromptu one with my brother:



A few with my wife, Jess, as she works on makeup and tries various looks:

Smokey Chignon

Heroin Panda

Jess and I shot a couple of other looks that we’re retouching and will post soon.

Lastly, we had a shoot with Alex (Model Mayhem) that was really fun. She and her boyfriend Matt came to our apartment where we shot a concept creative directed by Jess (AKA Juxta Makeup). She also did the makeup. The idea was a small girl from yesteryear trapped in a jar. She’s sad now, though she’s touted as a marvel to behold in her poster (seen next to her in the photograph).


Lighting-wise, I used a giant rectangular softbox on my Alien Bee 800 with the inner diffuser only (the inner diffuser is close to the strobe head, creating a slightly punchier source since it hasn’t had a chance to totally even out as it exits the box). This was placed the tall way, totally to the left side of Alex and slightly behind her, in order to create the 50/50 light/dark across her face. By putting it slightly behind her, I kept it off the background (the curtains of our apartment) and kept it from spilling across her face and onto the other side of her face. By shooting at 1/250 of a second, I kept the shutter fast enough to squash the ambient light. The jar was shot separately but with a similar lighting and camera angle setup. It was lit with the same softbox in the same position, plus a tungsten lamp on the floor pointed up to hit the jar eerily from below. I white-balanced to daylight and let the tungsten lamp orange up the scene to make it look older and warmer. There was a black pillow on the tabletop off-camera to the left. It was acting as a flag (opposite the softbox) to keep the same 50/50 light/dark ratio across the jar and to prevent the light from bouncing off the white walls where it shouldn’t. It helped to shoot tethered in Aperture and to shoot the jar first so I knew what angles were required.

In post I did a full beauty retouch on both images, masked them out, and composited everything together, using textures and brushes to give it all a decaying look.

We shot some beauty shots of Alex making faces just for fun as well. These were lit with a pretty simple clamshell setup. An Alien Bee 800 with a gridded beauty dish was centered and overhead, a giant softbox behind her head to provide wrap and backdrop, and a silver round reflector in her lap.

Alex Quat

That’s all for now. PEACE!

Kid from the village on Taveuni

Posted in cameras, portraits, travel by graham dunn is a city of industry on April 30, 2009

kids in the village, originally uploaded by grahamcdunn.

From our honeymoon in Fiji. Shot on D300, 50mm, with off camera flash.

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Eddie dancing the meke

Posted in cameras, portraits, travel by graham dunn is a city of industry on April 30, 2009

Eddie dancing the meke, originally uploaded by grahamcdunn.

A shot from our honeymoon in Fiji, on the D300.  This is the war meke, one of the Fijian dances that tells a story.  Used SB-800 and flash-and-burn with a rear curtain shutter to trail the movement.

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Posted in cameras by graham dunn is a city of industry on March 10, 2009

Here are the cameras I like to use:

1. Mamiya RZ67 with 220 and Polaroid backs (6×7)
2. Yashica 124-G (6×6)
3. Minolta X-7A (35mm)
4. Holga (6×6)
5. Jessica’s Polaroid (not sure what kind)

1. Nikon D300
2. iPhone

There are a few I don’t use, but keep for the collection:
1. Yashica Electro 35 (broken)
2. Sears Tower box camera
3. 2 Brownie box cameras (serious light leaks)
4. a micro 110 keychain camera
5. a 110 fisheye camera