Cherish The Dress™ ~ Part 2

Nov 6, 2009 | Flash, Location | 5 comments

Here is the second set of pictures taken by Chris Hanley last week during his workshops on the Lovegrove training event in Tuscany.

Chris used +3 stops of light for this dramatic shot.

Chris used +3 stops of light for this dramatic shot.

A very low key shot exposed for the highlight dress detail at the sacrafice of the shadow detail.

A very low key shot exposed for the highlight dress detail at the sacrifice of the shadow detail.

the spiral staircase in its glory. Available light, tunsten white balance and + 2 stops for my moonlight look

This is the spiral staircase in the top of the castle tower. Chris used available light with a tungsten white balance and + 2 stops of exposure compensation for a moonlight look.

popular shot with my clients, the reveal shot. metered off the shadow side of valentinas face

This is a popular shot with Chris' clients, he exposed for the shadow side of Valentina's face.

The same window as the shot above.

The same window as the shot above.

This classic and elegant shot was taken with available light using the castle props. 60th f4, iso 800

This shot was taken with available light using the classic Lovegrove formula of ISO 800, 1/60th at f/4

Lit using a 300w Satchler tungsten light. Chris I wanted a stage like shot. Changed the drapes from red to purple with Hue shift in PP

Lit using a 300w Satchler tungsten light. Chris wanted a stage like shot so he changed the drapes from red to purple with a hue shift in Photoshop.

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Chris took this frame from a different angle. It is the same pose that he used on the stairs in part 1.

shot for the hair stylist and Make up artist. this is the chaise longue shot from pt 1 but from ground level

This is the chaise lounge shot from part 1 but taken from ground level.

wanted a grecian sculpture look from across the pool. Loved the reflection, shame the pool pump was on.

A similar shot to the one in part 1 but this time incorporating the castle pool.

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Chris took this shot under the moat bridge with the reflection of the sky coming off the water creating the up lit look.

Chris made the most of the few hours of cloud we had all week by incorporating it into this fine shot.

Chris made the most of the few hours of cloud we had all week by incorporating it into this fine shot. Lit with a Speedlight attached to an Arri stand with a Lovegrove flash bracket.

Shot in mid afternoon sunlight.

Shot in mid afternoon sunlight.

Chris placed Valentina in the shade of the big pot and punched in some sunlight using his large Lastolite reflector.

Chris placed Valentina in the shade of the big pot and punched in some sunlight using his large Lastolite reflector.

Chris used his large reflector to light this shot too.

Chris used his large reflector to light this shot too.

Chris used the trellis shadow on the castle wall to form the basis of this composition.

Chris used the trellis shadow on the castle wall to form the basis of this composition.

late evening low sunshine and the panel lite redirecting it into the space, transforms the area.

Chris used his large Lastolite to redirect the late evening sunlight it into this dark space.

This is Chris' favourite shot of the trip.

This is Chris' favourite shot of the set and one of mine too.

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Another shot taken in the fading evening sunlight.

the final frame of a fantastic week, great times, great delegates, great team, great company.

This is Chris' final frame of the set.

It was a fantastic week, with great times, great delegates, a great team and great company. Please feel free to comment these pictures below.

5 Comments

  1. damien

    Hi all,

    The Panelite that Chris uses is available here. The great thing about a Panelite is it reflects a full length patch of light. This is vital for fashion, wedding and Cherish photography where the clothes are as important as the people.

    There are many reflective surfaces that Lastolite make and here is a quick guide:

    ‘Gold’ is what it is – easy and cheesy

    ‘Sunfire’ is gold and silver stripes in a tight alternating pattern and is half way between gold and silver.

    ‘Sunlite’ is a slightly cooler version of Sunfire and is new out this year. It is still a lot warmer than silver but giving a pleasing natural look without any need to alter the tone in post production. ‘Sunlite’ is my favourite reflector tone and hence it is the one I am championing on my website here.

    ‘Silver’ is what it is and produces cool tone mirror like reflections.

    ‘White’ is what it is and produces the most diffused reflections that illuminate a much wider area but to a lower intensity as you would expect.

    ‘Softsilver’ like ‘sunlite’ is also a new fabric and has alternating diffused silver with shiny silver stripes and this widens the apparent patch of illumination giving the edge of the reflection a softness blending it to the un-lit part of the frame. This is my next favourite surface and hence is on the reverse of the Panelite reflectors I sell on my website.

    We price compare and guarantee to offer Lastolte products at the best UK prices so you know you are getting a good deal from Lovegrove Consulting here. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to tweet me or call Blaise on 01275 853204.

    I hope this helps,

    Damien.

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  2. Chris

    hi jon, I’ll look forward to seeing you and your panelite ;) in 2010
    best wishes
    C

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  3. Jon Allen

    Hi Chris
    My sincere apologies I did not know that you where going to comment on Prophotonut . Thank you for your guidance regarding the Panelite.
    I will be attending on of the CTD shoots at the Manchester Hilton next year.

    Thank you again

    John Allen

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  4. Chris

    Jon thanks for taking the time to comment on my images, your kind words are appreciated. I use the lastolite Panelite which I believe D has available on his website. I use the sunfire/white combination. I prefer the panelite for Cherish the dress™ shoots as I’m able to fill light back on the whole length of the dress.
    Best wishes
    Chris Hanley

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  5. Jon Allen

    Hi Damien

    These are simply quite stunning shots, love the post production. I also love the BW shots exposed for the highlights. interesting use of reflectors something I have never used but have been quite tempted with. could I ask what size of reflector was used.

    Thank you very much for sharing your work its so inspiring…..

    John allen

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