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Thank you, Hywel, for the further detailed and helpful response. It was what I was looking for and gives me hope that – in the right circumstances and when I look carefully – I may be able to see and work with “distortion” effects.
One aside on “photography groups”: we are probably very much together on groups in the sense of camera clubs, but the group I was at was a tutored enthusiasts group. My upset was not that the tutor didn’t like the picture – that’s his problem – but that I had not seen the effect he didn’t like.
There’s a known effect under which visually impaired people, when asked what they can see, will say what they think should be there or what they think the questioner will like. This is not an attempt to please but a subconscious attempt by the brain to interpret the incomplete information it receives. With your latest reply, I have more confidence that I may genuinely be seeing things.
Thank you again.
Thank you, Sablesword. You make a good point. I think my wife and I were mostly amazed this judge didn’t just turn horrified at the thought of bondage but you take it to the next stage. Thank you.
I had to return to this topic to thank you, Hywel, for including the lighting diagram and shots of the actual lights when Lauren Louise returned to “Shoulder the Rifle” – 12th June. I hope these things in no way deter any members who are only interested in the BDSM and they definitely add even more to the site for those of us also interested in photography.
Thank you, Kate. That arrangement of spreader bars may have provided the context but we can all thank Christina for the imaginative ways she used them. She is an absolute star performer.
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Thank you, Hywel, for the detailed and helpful response. There is a lot for me to think about and I hope some is also useful to others who can make more of the comments on colour than I can. There is even a bit for my wife to ponder as she tries to learn all the features of one of the latest Canons she has recently acquired.
I’ll add my vote for a wide angle behind the scenes shot. I recall you occasionally put drawings of the layout in photosets (possibly only when the set was from a tutorial). I really liked them and I am sure they played a part in inspiring me to get serious with photography.
Can I just add a “thank you” for “Great Expectations”. It may not have been the upper class countess but I welcome the return of Ariel’s comic talent in this classic, bratty personality.
And if we are seeing a return of RE videos adopting titles from classic literature, then I welcome that too.
Thank you, Hywel. Please don’t keep us teased for too long. As a general rule, I don’t like being teased.
AndrewJuly 23, 2016 at 11:56 in reply to: New round of tutorials – what would you like to see? #27019
I know I’m getting even further off the original subject of this thread but I would like to offer a big “thank you” for the lighting information in “The Kidnapping Business” (18th July). It is a beautifully lit and photographed set of a beautiful model.
June 18, 2016 at 11:24 in reply to: New round of tutorials – what would you like to see? #26935
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May I use this thread to thank you not only for the video tutorial but for the added information on lighting and other technical aspects in recent photosets. I am currently catching up on RE after a trip to the USA and have just seen “City Socialite” (New on June 1). Although my lighting expertise does not yet run to trying an effect like the one created, I think I now understand enough to follow what Hywel is talking about enough that very much helps grow general knowledge.
I can’t help adding that I was fascinated to know Hywel has the 85mm f1.4 Sony lens. Sony showed me it at the Photography Show. 🙂 They also told me the price. 🙁
Incidentally, I did like “City Socialite” very much. I was interested in the later shots using the light on the balcony – although I think they were better when you were able to get the rather ugly metal panel out of focus.
Many thanks again.
Hi Sablesword, Just a quick – and probably just as familiar – response on “Dutch angles”.
For the most part I agree with you but am being gradually educated by my wife who uses them a lot and to good effect. Perhaps it is because of her influence that I have been enjoying them more in recent RE sets. I am currently catching up after a trip to the USA so have just reached “City Socialite” for 1st June. I note that among its angled shots are a few at the sort of slight angle that only gets into my pictures by mistake but which actually work.
I suggest we will both just have to continue being grateful that RE sets have lots of images so there is almost always something for everyone.
A couple of days ago, my wife and I were in our local DIY store and discovered the chain cutter was now marked “authorised staff only”. I don’t know whether this was just the particular store (or the particular design of cutter) or another sign of the ever growing “nanny state” that the UK is turning into.
I can also only guess whether the staff member who cut our chain wondered how the strange selection of lengths we asked for might be used. I suspect they know not to ask. 🙂
My wife and I usually view RE and similar – and now edit our own pictures – on PC screens. We often view social media like “Twitter” on android tablets but use the PC for creating our own tweets that have pictures. It does not bother us in the slightest whether a viewed image fills the screen nor has it been a factor in our own editing.
Yes, we create our own desktop backgrounds, but it is a small part of our viewing.
Thank you, Hywel, for the careful thoughts. It is very kind of you and generous of time when I know you are busy.
In January, my wife and I went to a photography show in London. Let us just say – as she keeps reminding me – that the Rotolight Neos she bought were nothing like as expensive as what I bought. Here are some first examples of the results, taken at TopHat Studio in Newark and starring a stunning blonde Temptress Kate.
In my first shot, the Rotolights provide the main lighting
We were told it was difficult to light this “1970s themed” set because studio flash tended to drown the featured table lamps so we thought it a good chance to try the Rotolights. There are two used, just in front of her to camera right and behind her to camera left. The round lights create a satisfying round catch-light in Kate’s eye.
To emphasise the 70s colours, the colour temperature has also been tinkered with. The lights – and camera – were set at 4300K but the temperature upped to about 6000 during editing. I’m told this further emphasises the 70s feel. Those who can see colours will no doubt form their own opinions.
In the remaining two shots, the Rotolights supplement daylight.
In this “bathroom” set, there is a window to camera left and the set also gets significant light from one of the studio’s flourescent house lights above and to the right. The Rotolight is providing fill to Kate’s face and inside the bath.
Here, the window is to camera right and the Rotolight is providing the light from the left.
In all these shots, ISO had to be turned up a bit – to 800 for the 70s room.
I offer these shots for members’ information. My personal view so far is that LED lights have their uses but are not a substitute for good flash you want strong light.
We are now feeling encouraged into video where we can make use of the special effects on the Rotolight, such as lightning, fire, tv and flashing police blue lights. 🙂
Thank you for your kind words, Hywel. I’ll aim to post a few more sets from time to time. Meanwhile, here are 3 more shots of Kendra James from our shoot at FetishCon. My own work this time. Camera: Panasonic DMC FZ1000.
I’m sure it would never have occurred to us that my wife or I would be posting on this forum when I wrote to Hywel introducing ourselves saying neither of us was a photographer and we just dabbled on the edge of this fun fantasy world of bondage. It is still less than 2 years since we plucked up the courage to turn our cameras off “full auto” and only just over a year since our first shoot with a professional fetish/bondage model. At least that name has stuck and we are now accustomed to being known as the Fantasy Dabblers.
I hope you all enjoy these.November 13, 2015 at 20:24 in reply to: New round of tutorials – what would you like to see? #26505
Lighting also interests me. I would like to add to previous ideas:-
(a) Combining natural and artificial light; and
(b) Use of reflectors with natural light.
To provide background to (b), my wife and I went on a photographic holiday to Spain this year where the other photographers made much use of reflectors as supplementary light, especially for the model’s face. Sometimes this worked very well but quite often it either left the model looking flat and washed out or separated her from the background (or both). Are there simple tips to stop this happening?
I should add that if will help if you can talk about the size of reflector most of us can carry around. I know from previous “behind the scenes” sets that you have huge ones.
Hello Mathelehrer2 and welcome to the forum.
I can’t speak for Hywel but I can say I was tantalised for a long time by the selection of pictures on the opening page. I don’t know if your precise question has been asked before but the simple answer is they may not be there.
Someone else will have to help you with your first picture. The second is from a set called, “Natalia Squared” that went onto the site as an update in April 2014 but has now gone – until it appears again in the Archives. There are several topics in the old Forum where Hywel explains all about the cost of bandwidth and the various ways all website owners control costs for everyone’s benefit. His involves not having everything up on the site at once.
Sometimes, the picture in the preview slideshow is from a set shot very recently that haven’t gone up at all yet. For example, I kept looking out for the set that included the one of Penny Lee in the countryside so was very pleased when “Captured Hiker” appeared on the site.
I hope Hywel doesn’t mind me saying that, yes, the preview slideshow is a bit of a teaser (or perhaps he would prefer tempter). The fact is that there are lots of good things inside that keep many of us here for a long time and I hope you are enjoying them.
I agree with Sablesword that I like this set and add some reasons of my own.
As I might expect from a set made during a tutorial, it is a great illustration of lighting effects. I guess the early shots are lit from a single source positioned off to the side close to the wall. The effect is very dramatic. This is especially noticeable in the brickwork background but it does leave one half of Ariel’s face dark. I fear it may also make her hair look a little lifeless, although I really only noticed that once I had the later shots to compare it with.
Perhaps it’s my over-active imagination, but I also love the way Ariel is holding the spreader bar in the first couple of shots. What is she thinking of? Is that a cane or crop? How effectively a simple stance and prop can release a string of fantasies without any need for us to see more. 🙂
And yes, gags are fine but I doubt if even Ariel could have managed quite the range of facial expressions she used in this set if she had been wearing one.
I also admired the way Ariel stands on one foot while her ankles are held n the spreader bar. Maybe her dance background and skill make this possible for her but that doesn’t make it less impressive.
I have not yet worked out the more complex lighting in the later shots – or even whether there is more than one setup used. Perhaps I will know more soon – see below.
Moving to the general question Hywel asked in the introduction to the set, I think new tutorials are a great idea. I am also confident that I will be able to write about this again after my wife and I have completed the one Hywel and Ariel have kindly arranged for us early in the new year.
May I add here two suggestions that are not for Archive sets but “inspired by” recent Archive sets I especially liked.
First, assuming you still have them, can we see more of the old heavy collar and cuffs worn by Jenny Lang in “Kidnapped by Chat” (24th August)? It was great to see the SM Factory collar and cuffs on Penny Lee among the rough stonework at the back of the new house in “The Sultan’s Barefoot Slave-girl” (there I go talking about a “Silk Soles” video again), and they are fine as decoration for a favoured slavegirl, but it seems to me those old stones were made for heavy old chains for kidnappings, DiD and historical scenes.
Second, I’d be really interested to see what you can do now with an “invisible man” scene like the one in “Katarina’s Science Experiment” (16th August). I’m not suggesting a remake but something new with the same idea, perhaps the effects of haunting in a dark old house or of a mind control implant, etc. I know this sort of scenario has resulted in famously hammy acting in various tv shows. I am confident you would do better if you tried a video, but I’d be happy with a photoset for the moment.
Thank you, Hywel, for the detailed response. It is a reminder of the effort that goes into your productions and the standards you work to. I am hopeful that as I work through my photography learning curve I will actually understand more and more of it.
I write this while still in Florida after FetishCon and as we are about to try filming with our own, recently acquired GoPro camera. Forgive us if for now we just have fun and leave the technical stuff (and kink) till later.
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I don’t know.They may have known exactly what they were doing in choosing that picture. From the little knowledge I once had of journalism, I wouldn’t be surprised if that was so. Still, it is a great picture. I’ve loved it every time I’ve seen it.
I suppose it’s one strength of the forum that we can use it to clarify when our “No Real Feelings” vote conceals that we actually have lots of strong, but conflicting feelings. I have the same response to today’s (21st May) set: “Captured Innocence” The pictures are stunning, Roswell Ivory is gorgeous and the effect is intriguing. The set also demonstrates RE’s willingness to experiment and try new concepts, which keeps it fresh. It’s just that on this one, I can’t see the ropes and feel I have to take account of that when voting on a bondage site.
On the subject of glories from the Archives, may we please have more outdoor sets (old or new) like the recent “Lake Bound” one. Of course we want to see close ups of the model and the bondage but it’s also great to see beautiful women in beautiful scenery. There is a lovely romantic feel to shots of the model in mother nature surrounded by flowers or trees or water or mountains.
I agree it’s a great set and would like to add special mention for the faces Katy pulls even before the tickling started (or are we just not seeing it?).
I offer even further admiration if you managed to achieve the trademark Retrained Elegance sharpness of focus while Katy and Natalia were wriggling as rapidly and uncontrollably as, I have reason to believe, some people do while being tickled. It’s not that I mind if they were given an occasional moment to compose a pose, I’m just interested to know.
I am sure a RE calendar would be as superb as any other RE production but I suspect the printed calendars generally have been hit by the use of electronic organisers. If there were new pictures, my wife and I might buy one but I doubt we would use it. It’s just too convenient to be able to check dates and diary anywhere any time.
A cousin of mine is a photographer and printer and for many years has produced a beautiful calendar of the hills, castles and other sights of the North East of England. While one does not discuss business in the family, I suspect sales are not flourishing. I grant he has not (yet) tried chained, naked slavegirls as foreground subjects, but I can not be sure the overall effect on sales would be positive.
Thank you, Hywel, the new layout makes things a lot easier for me. I can now zoom the page in to a size I can see and the posts still stay within the screen. I should add that I have also found (OK, had found for me 🙂 ) the shortcut keys on my PC to do the zoom easily!
Thank you also, Lurker. It’s nice to know the full size pictures are still there. Coincidentally, this morning I looked at the forum on my mobile ‘phone (Samsung Galaxy Note II) for the first time and realised how the pictures fit the screen perfectly. I don’t suppose I’ll use it that often (still a bit small for my special situation) but it must be marvellous for anyone who wants to wave the pictures round – in suitable company – and say, “look at this cool site I’ve found”.
I have now logged in successfully and many, many thanks to Hywel for help and advice.
The photos are superb. On my screen, they are confined in a single column more than in the old forum. Positive: a lot easier to scroll down them. Negative: some aren’t as big. Given that they are previews and we get the full size in due course on the site, I think the positive outweighs the negative.
Good luck with the forum upgrade.