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Photography Blog by Duncan Holmes

Blu Shift

So here is part 2 of my Radisson aventure.
 
The afternoon saw us in our last 3 locations in the hotel. First was the collage bar, with it's greenlit nooks, retro seating and remnants of someone's 30th Birthday party from the night before. This whole bar is at the corner of the hotel and floor to ceiling glass, so we had to contend with passing pedestrians and vehicles. But it also gave me some nice natural light for some closeups of Emily and Domonique.
 
The second location was the grand corner suite. This luxury room had a large bed, a mirror in a nook and lots of light from the window. I broke out my studio light for the bed shots, just to provide some extra oomph for the perspective shots, but shot with just a bit of fill round the rest of the room. Once again Domonique and Emily were consumate professionals, striking poses and following my mangled directions with ease. They even had time for a little silliness to break up all the serious posing. Gary also stepped in, part way, to adjust makeup and sort out a niggle I had.
 
We then adjourned again to the general meeting/makeup room we had allocated to us. This was a chance for the makeup artists to go for the final look of the day. Both models lost the heavy colour of the middle of the shoot and went for simpler makeup with strong eye liner. Our stylist, Jackie, had decided that she loved one of the Obscure Couture skirts, but could not find a top to match that she was happy with. Her suggestion for a solution was to shoot without a top and just from behind, so as to show the fabulous train. This hadn't been planned so I had made sure to check that Emily and Domonique were comfortable with the concept.
 
In the final room, the junior suite, I struggled more with the light, not quite managing some of the beautiful tones I'd found earlier in the day. By now of course it was closing in on 7 pm on a dreary Glasgow day, so what light there wasm was fading. The dark designer decor of the rooms also added to the gloom as the lights in the room added their own challenge with a lurid yellow/orange cast. I had not thought to bring any gels with me for my studio light, so was struggling to find a happy balance. Although the final poses were well lit, and the two models gave their all, these pics are going little more work before seeing the light of day.The ones below are straight out of camera. (give or take a crop), which should give you an idea of just how stunning these two models were!
 

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