She looks a little distracted.....
I remember editing film - you have to have a film editor, so you slowly scan each stretch of film. Any sections you do not want have to be physically cut out and the film essentially taped back together. This results in places that are just waiting to come undone as the film goes through a projector or scanner. It is a very labor and time-intensive process. Unless you have lots of free time, their suggestion is a good one.
Walk around Old Havana in the evening and be prepared to take low-light night scenes. A lot going on. We found a little cafe that had a flamenco group from Spain playing in it. There are beautiful parts of Cuba - the Pinar del Rio region and Vinales is a few hours West of Havana and is spectacular. Neat little towns with half of the vehicles on the road being of the horse-and buggy variety. This is where the primo tobacco is grown. Cuba is very safe - no one is going to steal your camera because they have no concept of its' value and they couldn't sell it if they wanted to. The women in our group felt very safe walking in Old Havana at night (although at least two at a time).
I do not have a problem with "supporting the dictatorship". The economic blockade did not change anything for many decades - it just allowed the Castros to stay in power. A free exchange of ideas will eventually bring freedom.
I stayed at a medium-quality hotel. We had a room with two old computers hooked to the internet - is was like the old dial-up, so you could send an email, but you could not send large image files or browse the internet. Your hotel may be different, but do not expect internet access as at home.
I keep hearing about restaurants opening up selling "Cuban food". I ate mostly at places the Cubans had access to. The food was terrible. In spite of what seems like lots of arable land, there is little availability of produce. We had black beans and rice, which I like, several times - but there was no seasoning - no pepper, no salsa. One of the members of my group who had been there before brought a bottle of Tabasco - he was very popular. I ordered a "vegetarian pizza" at a small restaurant - it had canned peas and carrots on top!
I traveled with a group of health care professionals - we were looking at the health care system in Cuba. We were not staying at a deluxe hotel. When we were met at the airport, our guide handed each of us a roll of toilet paper and said: 'this is yours - do not lose it. Toilet paper, being imported, is very precious".
I think "no problem" as long as the camera has been refurbished at a factory authorized service center and you get the same warranty as new. I purchased a refrub direct from Canon and have had no problem.
You are correct - the smaller sensor just gets a smaller part of the image that is created by the lens. so the result is the same as if you had cropped the photo. So this is sometimes called a "crop factor". It doesn't give you the same perspective that the longer lens would.
They are all very, very good. My one suggestion would be to recrop or watch the framing on the first nude image. Cutting off the legs at the ankles is bad form. I love the positioning of the model in the final frame.
Thank you, and Thanks for your input. I confess that I was not paying as much attention to her ankles as I should have been....!
Here are her ankles:
Very nice. Normally would think her tan matching the rocks would not give enough separation but agree with you it really adds, like she is an extension of the outcroppings. Last one is great pose by the model - her tanned & fit toned body adds to all the photos' composition.
Thanks. She was very capable and comfortable working in that setting.
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I use B&H and Amazon but I do wonder at times if purchasing from the company direct would provide a camera that has less bumps and bangs. If you purchase from anyone other than the company direct it gets ordered by that company and who knows how old the shelf stock is or how many times it has been stocked and restocked and shipped multiple times. It does not seem to be a problem but something I think of at times.
Not to mention buying refurbished from Canon - full warranty and the product has been inspected and fine-tuned if needed. I have purchased several refurbished items from Canon and have always been happy with them - although the difference in price from new is not always very much....
Beautiful setting that complements a beautiful model. Of course, SOME credit must be given to the photographer as well!
Thanks - She knew what she was doing as a model, and was not afraid to scramble up on the rocks,so that really helped!
Steve, The last image is a classic. Great job. Thanks for sharing. As you know if you shoot indoors and use bounce flash, the imagewill pick up whatever the color of the wall the flash is bounced off.
Bottom line, Great model, great pose, great composition, great image.
Thank you. I have not had many opportunities to work with models, especially to do nudes, so this was fun. It creates a whole different set of challenges, though!
Unfortunately some of the nicer places on location could be viewed from the road below, so removing clothes wasn't always an option. I love how the bronze coloration of her skin picks up and almost matches the earthy color of the rock.