My Nude Year: Day 75 of 365

I wanted to change prospective for this evenings shoot. I grabbed a latter while Shannon got an old sheet to use as a floor drop. We set the lighting up so that she would have very soft lighting from the side but over-exposed the photo so there wouldn’t be a need for any fill light on her face. It would have been very easy to put a reflector opposite the light source as a fill but we would not have achieved the effect I wanted to capture.

For the pose I wanted something that looks very simple but compositionally it actually is a little tricky. For those of you that know a little about composition you may quickly jump to the conclusion that this photo is a simple diagonal method example, if you fit into that group gotcha. This is actually a Rule of Thirds example. For the image to be a true diagonal method photo you would need something else present in the image to support the diagonal. This secondary subject, simple as an outstretched arm, does not exist in the photo taken tonight. If you look at the image again you will notice that Shannon’s face is located on the right third of the photo and her eyes really draw you in. After that there is nothing to really follow in the photo. Of course you eye explores the rest of her figure but with the flattened features of Shannon’s body due to the pose nothing really pulls you in with exception to the nearly blown out left side of her torso. One more thing that may jump out at you is the partially hidden chest of Shannon. This element of the photo is located near the intersection of two Rule of Third lines, which would put it on a Golden Section. This took a little trail and error while posing tonight. We ended up trying a few different arm positions before we found one that really worked for the overall composition.

If you would like to learn more about composition please follow my "The Art of Nude" blog. I will be starting a new series on four elements of composition next week. New post will be up every other Monday with a VLOG in between weeks.

Thanks for your continued support,

JW Purdy