Mischkah Scott in Tuscany ~ X-T2 with Pro Neg S ~ NSFW

Nov 4, 2016 | Continuous Lighting, Flash, Fujifilm X, Location | 19 comments

The Tuscan landscape is a magical place to be. As someone who is visually driven I love to live as much of my life looking at beautiful things. As a photographer I capture what I see and I go out of my way to ensure I’m standing in front of gorgeous places, objects and people. It is with this philosophy in mind that I found myself at a luxury villa in Tuscany with Mischkah Scott and Amber Tutton. Here are 50 shots of Mischkah that I took over the 12 days we spent in Tuscany back in September. (Amber’s set are here).

The Tuscany countryside

01. Our villa is set on a hill overlooking beautiful olive groves and agricultural land. Bottom right is a behind the scenes of a couple of my workshop attendees photographing Amber in the evening light. Middle right was our first urbex location. A large abandoned house called La Rocca.

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02. Villa le Capanne made a perfect home for us. We booked the whole place exclusively so we had free run to shoot and relax as we wished.

The following 50 shots of Mischkah were taken on a Fujifilm X-T2 with 16mm, 23mm, 35mm, 56mm and 90mm prime lenses. All the processing is in the Pro Neg S colour space in Lightroom. I selected colour versions for all these shots and I chose monochrome for all of Amber’s shots in her post here on Prophotonut. However both sets or pictures have been processed in both colour and monochrome. Enjoy. NSFW beyond this point.

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04. The sunflowers had peaked as we were well into September when we were in Tuscany.

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05. The olive groves proved great shoot locations for the workshops.

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07. The light and tones in the basement of La Rocca were splendid. I can see where the Italian artists got their inspiration.

Mischkah Scott

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09. I had a very dusty lens and I love the flare it gave me for this shot.

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10. The cattle sheds at La Rocca were wonderful spaces to shoot in.

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11. We ventured out to abandoned farm buildings in the neighbouring countryside. It was great being undercover and sheltered because we had rain on most days. The tracks to these places were rough and I’m glad we had hire cars.

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13. The glow effect comes from a dusty front element being lit by a small window just out of shot to the right of frame.

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16. Back in the villa.

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17. I took these on a 1:1 session with a client from New York. We shot on the streets of Pisa in the afternoon sunlight.

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18. Pisa is an often overlooked city of wonder. It has far more to offer than the leaning tower.

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19. Mischkah’s cool Italian look.

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23. A bit of boudoir back at the Villa.

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Throughout this set of shots I used natural light supplemented with a Lupo 1000 spotlight. It’s a wonderful combination and one that is defining my style more and more. If you would like to join me on a visually delightful adventure be sure to visit my workshop and adventure website to see what’s booking now. If you like this style of photography and you want the inspiration and know how to create it yourself you need this book.

Please feel free to comment below…

19 Comments

  1. Stefan

    It’s now that I saw your pieces of art.They’re simply gorgeous :-)

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    • Damien

      Hi Stefan,

      Thank you for the compliments :)

      Kindest regards,

      Damien

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  2. Alex

    Thanks for sharing these; very good work of ART. If I may ask a two part question

    1. for shots where you mixed natural with the spot light, how do set the proper white balance? In my limited experience shooting with the Xt2 pro-neg S, led light seem to have a green tint even when custom white balanced on a grey or white card. #25 on your posting (sleeping with eyes closed) has a part of the bed hseet very white (the side she;s facing which I assume is where the spot light is hitting her face) and the right side seem to have a warmer white bed sheet. Curios to know how the white balance was set considering her skin tone seem consistent overall.

    2. Since these shots are using Pro Neg S ( Not Raw), then it means they were using in camera settings. I would assume you are not following your default settings to simulate the look of what RAW would look like as described in your earlier post. So basically, it will be great to have an idea of the NR, Highlight, Shadow, Saturation and Sharpening setting in camera for #25 and #26

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    • Damien

      Hi Alex,

      1. I use the sunny day white balance. There is no green tint from Lupo LED lights, just pure white light. The variable colour temperature Lupos are perfect for use together with interior lighting.

      2. Pro Neg S is applied in Lightroom. I have it automatically applied to every RAW file at the import stage. I only work with RAW files for my output. For my screen preview on the camera I set H tone -1, S tone -1, NR -3 etc.

      I hope this helps,

      Damien.

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      • Alex

        Great. That was more than helpful. For some reason LR would not recognize RAW files from my XT-2 so been using jpegs. Will also look into getting the Lupo light (though I am in the USA).

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        • Damien

          Hi Alex,

          Lightroom CC is what you need :)

          Kind regards,

          Damien.

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    • Damien

      Thank you Tracy. I get tingles when the shots appear on my screen :) Thank you for the compliments, Damien.

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  3. Tim Whiting

    This collection is a lesson in light!

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    • Damien

      Thank you Tim,

      Kind words indeed :)

      Damien.

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  4. Alfredo Garza G.

    Excelente trabajo, Damien, como siempre! Enhorabuena.

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    • Damien

      Hi Alfredo,

      Gracias por sus amables palabras,

      Damien.

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  5. Mark Devereux

    The more I look at this collection, the more I think this is some of your best work! So many of them are just utterly painterly.

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    • Damien

      Thank you Mark. I felt like a renaissance painter in Italy :) Cheers, Damien.

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  6. Gareth Oakey

    Hi Damien, I often find myself using the Astia Soft film simulation -mainly out of both ignorance and remaining in my comfort zone, I suspect. What makes you choose a particular film simulation?

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  7. creativusimago

    Love it!!

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    • Damien

      Thank you :)

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    • Damien

      Thanks :)

      Reply

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