Back to Starved Rock

May 23rd, 2017

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These are some photos of a lovely model, Areia, who I’ve worked with a few times. She and I spent a day wandering around Starved Rock State Park near Chicago.

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Starved Rock is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.

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Add a beautiful, talented model and some nice photos are bound to be the result.

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We happened to be working on a sunny day. There are many places where the sun does not reach down into the canyons here…but when it does, it’s sometimes fun to play with the light and shadows.

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That’s the end for this post…but there is more to come.

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Liv on the Spot

May 20th, 2017

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I have a favorite spot in Blackhand Gorge where I’ve done photos of all the models I’ve shot there. It’s a pretty place and I challenge each model to see what they can come up with for poses there. Liv Sage, of course, did a fine job with the challenge.

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There’s a waterfall hidden back in a corner of the gorge that is also a favorite place to challenge models to invent poses that work. Liv again rose to the challenge.

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And, there’s one very special place that isn’t always there. This pool of water only appears in the spring and after a good rain. But when it’s there it can create some lovely reflections. And with Liv there we got something pretty amazing. This is my favorite photo from this day of shooting. Thanks Liv!

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Twister with Liv

May 17th, 2017

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Liv Sage was in a twisty mood when we were shooting at Blackhand Gorge, as you can see in these photos.

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Liv is certainly a very flexible lady along with being quite lovely. Have I mentioned that she’s a really nice person too? And a dedicated, hard-working model.

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That’s the end for today, but there is lots more to come in future posts. Stay tuned.

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Liv at Blackhand Gorge

May 14th, 2017

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I worked with Liv Sage/ASmallWoman a lot last year. I wish she still lived nearby so I could keep doing that. But I still get to shoot her every now and then when she visits.

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As you may know if you follow my blog regularly, for some years now I’ve been working on a series of photos taken at Blackhand Gorge, a beautiful natural area near where I grew up. I went there as a kid and a teenager and decided to return to use it as a setting for my work. Last spring I took Liv there.

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The spot you see here is one where I’ve tried for years to get a successful photo. It is a sort of pedestal that seems a natural place for a statuesque model to stand. The problem is that there is an overhanging rock that makes it almost impossible to stand straight up. So this is another reason I really like short models. Liv was able to produce not just one, but several successful poses in this spot, as you can see.

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Lots more to come from this shoot with this extremely lovely and versatile model. Thanks Liv!

 

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Liv Through a Pinhole

May 10th, 2017

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During this shoot with Liv Sage/ASmallWoman last year I did a few pinhole photos along with the regular photos.

For the one below I asked Liv to move her head during the long exposure.

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It doesn’t matter what sort of lens or non-lens you point at Liv, wonderful photos always result.

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Coffee With Liv

May 7th, 2017

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A few photos from a shoot with the lovely Liv Sage aka ASmallWoman back in March of last year. When I finish posting from this shoot I think I’ll be less than a year behind on my editing. I’m actually gaining ground. Might even catch up someday since I’m not shooting all that much lately.

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These were shot in Liv’s apartment back when she lived in Columbus. I’m still mad that she moved away and I don’t get to shoot with her as often as I used to.

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But at least I have these photos from the good old days to enjoy…I hope you enjoy them too.

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I’ll have more from this shoot in a future post.

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Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day

April 30th, 2017

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Today is Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day so, of course, I made some pinhole photos.

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My friend Ayn was kind enough to take some time out of her busy day to pose for me with my pinhole.

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I haven’t decided which of today’s photos will get uploaded to the Pinhole Day site, but it will be one of the three above. Let me know if you have an opinion on which one I should upload.

I used my Panasonic GX8 camera with my trusty old Pinwide wide-angle pinhole.

I don’t upload nudes to the Pinhole Day site because there are a lot of young people participating in the day, but that is no reason not to take a few nudes and share them here.

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Thanks Ayn!

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Reveille In Focus

April 28th, 2017

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As promised, here are some photos of Reveille taken with a “real” lens.

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I was using my old 50mm f/1.4 Nikkor for these photos, playing around with depth of focus.

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That lens is definitely not sharp wide open at f/1.4, but stopped down one or two stops it gets very nice.

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Reveille looks great in or out of focus.

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All the photos above were shot at f/2. For this last one I stopped all the way down to f/4 for a different look.

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Another reminder: Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day is Sunday. Get out there and take some pinhole photos and upload one to their website, just for fun.

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Start Your Pinholes

April 22nd, 2017

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It’s almost time for Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day. It’s always the last Sunday in April, so that makes it a week from Sunday, April 30, this year.

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I always try to participate and upload a pinhole photo taken on pinhole day to their website.

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I don’t upload nudes to the Pinhole Day website because there are many young people involved in the day and I don’t want to cause any issues over nudity.

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But I use my pinholes regularly to do all sorts of work, including nudes.

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These were shot almost a year ago and feature the wonderful model, Reveille.

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I’ll have some more work with Reveille in my next post…and those will be photos done with a lens instead of a pinhole.

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Don’t forget, get your pinholes out and go out on April 30 and make some pinhole photos. I love the way pinholes get you away from the silly pixel-peeping that goes on and takes you back to the origins of photography. Pinholes were making images long before a way to save the images had been invented. And, ironically, modern digital cameras, especially mirrorless cameras with electronic viewfinders, make working with pinholes much easier than ever before. With my Micro 4/3 cameras I can actually use the viewfinder and see what I’m getting. And with the high ISOs available on modern digital cameras, I can shoot hand-held if I want to. It’s never been easier to shoot pinhole photos. Give it a try.

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Been Gone…Real Gone

April 19th, 2017

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Sorry it has been so long since I’ve posted here. A lot has been going on. For several weeks I was moving out of my old house and getting it ready to put on the market. We worked right up to the last minute on that, and then the next day headed out for a drive across the country. We followed (kind of) Rt. 66, staying in old motels from the days of the Mother Road. We visited Las Vegas, Death Valley, Los Angeles and Yosemite before returning home traveling across Nevada and Utah on Rt. 50, “The Loneliest Highway in America.” It was a great trip and we got to visit with several friends along the way.

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So, I’m back now and I’ll try to get back to posting regularly. I still have quite a backlog of shoots to work through and I’ll probably post some photos from this trip when I get them edited. They are being downloaded from my portable drive to my desktop as I type this.

Meanwhile, here are a few photos of the lovely ASmallWoman taken at night by the light of a streetlight through the windows of my old studio in Dayton.

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Photos and comments by Dave Levingston. This is the place to see my most recent work which may include nudes, dance, landscape, nature and whatever other kinds of photos I feel like taking.

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