01. High on a mountain with the clouds rolling into this abandoned palace Yulia and I make magic. I aligned the light sources, styled the look, directed the action and used the flip out screen on the Fuji X-T1 to save me from lying in the water. I would have done it, believe me, the shot had me fizzing with excitement.
I think that this is probably some of my best work to date. Certainly Yulia and I sparkled, we are like peas from a pod, she could easily be my younger sister (much younger) Darren her husband is a fab guy too and together they made my trip to Cambodia ever so special. Here are 60 of our creations. NSFW after the jump or fold.
02. We started shooting in the abandoned villas in Kep. There were mortar holes in the walls and grenade holes in reinforced concrete floors. The villas were overgrown with creepers in places and the textures were amazing.
03. This has to be one of my favourite shots of all time. I suggested to Yulia that she could stand on the tree roots and the dynamic pose she struck it just right for the space. ISO 800, 10-24mm zoom at f/4 with image stabilisation, 1/15th second with the lens set to 20mm.
04. Several other shots were created in the same scene with the 60mm lens (left) and the 14mm (right).
05. Raw beauty, power and intensity.
06. Softness and sensitivity.
09. The jungle is encroaching on the abandoned structures. We have to be careful not to stray off the beaten track because of the possibility of land mines.
12. We headed up to the mountains to a fantastic location that had been sourced and secured by Linda from Essential Explorations. Linda is excellent at advanced planning and has great negotiation skills. The rest was up to me.
13. The location has a super tonal balance to play with but the lighting direction is critical to maximise the opportunity. The shot on the left reminds me of the classic Athena poster of the 1970s with the tennis girl scratching her bum. It’s not explicit but plays on the mind in a mildly erotic way. The shot on the right it a timeless classic.
14. I used classic two point lighting to highlight Yulia’s cheekbone and jawbone.
15. The clouds were wafting into the building and they gave the shot on the left that black level lift.
16. My lighting strategy for the majority of shots in this building was to work at 90 degrees to the source or sources.
17. Soft and hard. I’d love those walls in my studio.
19. Back on the ground and out and about in Kep. Kep is a coastal town with a modest beach just 3 hours drive from Phnom Penh.
20. The last shots that day were taken on the jetty at the sailing club as the thunder clouds rolled in. ISO 400, 56mm lens at f/1.2 for 1/180th second.
21. Style and elegance.
22. Cheeky fun.
27. These nudes were shot at an abandoned church in the mountains by Kep. Cambodia is rich in shoot locations and we have barely touched the surface.
My thanks go to Darren, Yulia’s husband for help with logistics and security at our shoot locations. I’ll be back to see Darren and Yulia in 2015 when I run my last Cambodia tour. The shots from this set are featured in next months edition of Ladies Cambodia’s No1 women’s lifestyle magazine.
Allergy advice: These shots are free from Photoshop. They were processed in Lightroom on a computer that contains Photoshop but can guarantee Photoshop free.
If you have a spirit of adventure and want to shoot a mix of travel, landscape, street and portrait photography then email Blaise my PA or Linda at Essential Explorations There’s talk of photography adventures in Bali and Cuba too.