The devil is in the details

Similar in the last post I made this photo of Leah Velocity really focuses your eye to her tattoos; however in this image the lines of her body have all been stacked straight on top of each other. Notice how the lines of the right side as well as the left side are in agreement with each other but set just off of the their opposite counterparts. With the amount of detail in the ink work and the compactness of the female form it really makes your eye stop and get a good grip on what is really going on in this photo.

Until next time,

JW Purdy

Leah Velocity – On the decorative side

In this photo of Leah I love the sharp angles created by her wonderful pose. If Leah lacked the beautiful ink work this would still be a powerful image however note how well it compliments this composition. The delicate work on the near shoulder reminds the viewer that this is a soft creature of unparalleled beauty. The near should work reminds me of a perfectly laid doily on her body. 

Until next time,

JW Purdy

Leah Velocity – 8 Sharp lines

Some of the photos you frame in your viewfinder you just have a feeling about. This was a photo I was sure would be a portfolio image as soon as I put the camera to my eye. The strong use of the Diagonal Method is easy to identify but there is also a golden triangle created by Leah’s leg and arm position. Leah Velocity has such intensity about her work. She really throws herself into a character and makes the viewer truly believe whatever she is saying about the image.

Until next time,

JW Purdy

Leah Velocity – 5 (Still unsure)

On occasion I find it hard to finalize my photo selection. In this photo of Leah Velocity I find that I really enjoy her pose, emotion, as well as the camera angle however the light just sits wrong with me for some reason. I don’t know if it is slightly dappled lighting that puts my eye off or what but something seems to be just a little bit off in the final version. I hope once I print the image it will look okay to me. Printing photos always makes your eye go one way or the other. It seems funny but you can debate forever when looking at a computer screen and then as soon as you print it the decision becomes so obvious that you wonder what all the fuss was about.

Until next time,

JW Purdy

Leah Velocity – 3 (Black and White versus Color)

Someone asked me today if I had yesterdays photo styled as a black and white photo. I didn’t reply since I knew I would be posting tonight and could address it them. I style all of my photos the way I see the image as soon as I start working on it. Some people disagree with my reasons for keeping one image color or B&W but I do have reasons for everything I do. I don’t have yesterdays photo in B&W but tonight’s image is very similar, not exact, and lent itself to black and white much better. I hope you will agree that this photo makes for a better B&W than last nights would have.

Until next time,

JW Purdy

Leah Velocity - 2

I really enjoy this, the second, photo of Leah Velocity due to it really showing off some of her tattoo work. The slight green toning of the image brings out the greens and blacks in the artwork on her chest and head. Once again the pose if very compact and made to look easy however it takes of lot of balance and self control to make this happen. I love the awesome profile view we are allowed to explore here.

Until next time,

JW Purdy

New Blood (Leah Velocity)

Near the end of my last big project I had the pleasure of working with the wonderful Ms. Leah Velocity. Leah and I had been talking off and on for several years but for one reason or another had never found time to work together. Finally the chance came and with Leah adjusting her schedule to work with me late one night we were able to get a shoot completed. She is as wonderful in person as she had been over the Internet. She is so talented that it made my job as a photographer easy and not really like work at all. I explained to her that conceptually I was out of gas due to the 365-project but that I liked stacked lines. She instantly knew what to do and the shoot was perfect. It really pays to work with a model that has so much knowledge of the craft. Amateurs are always fun but nothing beats working with a model that knows what to do and when to do it.

For this first photo Leah was on top of the wire spool I have in a crazy balance posture. I would like to point out her close her feet are to each other. You need to have a lot of time on the yoga mat to hold this pose for any length of time and she made it look as if you could live like this. I love the stern look and expression she held in all of the photos. The emotion or lack of it was the perfect fit to every pose we captured.

Until next time,

JW Purdy