Elle Beth – harness top (NSFW)

artistic nude photography - artistic nude photographer - monochrome image of model elle beth wearing a simple black leather harness and posing towards the camera with a relaxed look with her arm resting on the arm of the chair and on her forward knee
Richard Spurdens Photograhy – Artistic nude photography
artistic nude photography - artistic nude photographer - monochrome model elle beth wearing a simple black leather harness and posing on a low captains chair- holding her long hair up towards the ceiling and making a strong figure shape
Richard Spurdens Photography – Artistic nude photography
artistic nude photography - artistic nude photographer - monochrome image of model elle beth wearing a simple black leather harness and posing on a modern metal chair holding her long hair in one hand and the other resting on her knee looking towards the camera
Richard Spurdens Photography – Artistic nude photography
artistic nude photography - artistic nude photographer - monochrome image model elle beth wearing a simple black leather harness and posing across the edge of a chair with hands on her head and hips to create a strong figure shape
Richard Spurdens Photography – Artistic nude photography

I have worked with model Elle Beth a number of times over the last few years. Elle Beth is a top full time model with lots experience and is good to work with as she is tall and also athletic and works hard to produce great images.

The location for the shoot was the Natural light studio at Weedon Bec. This studio has some great natural light, but also good studio lights if required,

The planning for this shoot was to do several different sets. Some using the natural light others using the studio lights. The location also has some long aerial silks, which we used for the first set. These certainly gave Elle a workout hanging and posing using them.

To give Elle a rest from the athletic posing she had been doing. We decided to use a simple leather harness top that Elle Beth had recently purchase as prop for somthing a bit different to the other sets. I want to create a bit of edgy tension in the shots so I have kept them monochrome.

The shots were all lit with a three-light set up. Starting with a large overhead softbox and then adding two gridded strip softboxes. These were set to each side of the model but slightly behind her to provide a rim light the her figure shape.

Slightly less symmetry in this one. A more relaxed feel and yet still with an edgy feel as Elle again engages with the viewer.

Elle Beth Symmetry

artistic nude photography - artistic nude photographer - monochrome image of model elle beth wearing a simple black leather harness she is placed on the left hand side of the frame and looking directly towards the camera this image is about a simple symetry
Richard Spurdens Photograhy – Artistic nude photography

I liked the symmetry in this front on image there is also I feel a really feeling of tension in the image. This coming from Elle pose and look directly into the lens of the camera. Almost if the subject is awaiting permission to do something.


London views with my Fuji XT-2

A recent trip into London to visit a couple of exhibitions that had interested me gave an opportunity to capture some London views with my Fuji XT-2. There is always interesting Architectural buildings to get shot of and a few street photography opportunities too. London was busy in the usual tourist spots but if you got a few streets away for these areas then there were very few people and some interesting spots to take a view images. Here one of “One Blackfriars” also known as “The Vase” due its shape. It has an alternative name too “The Tummy.” You can see why it has that name from this view.

London views with my Fuji XT-2 – Architecture

travel photography - travel photographer - a street view towards the vase high rise tower in monochrome
Richard Spurdens Photography – London street series – …………Camera Data……….. Model:X-T2 Lens: XF18mmF2 R 1/300 sec @ f-5.6 / ISO 200

Lots of build work still going on, and this view was made by the row of red lights on the black hoardings. They seem to lead you round together with the other red barrier and yellow lines.

architecture photography - architecture photographer - vertical lines in buildings and sweeps of the roads and lines barriers
Richard Spurdens Photography – Images from a visit to London …………Camera Data……….. Model:X-T2 Lens: XF18mmF2 R 1/180 sec @ f-5.6 / ISO 200

London views – Street opportunities

Obviously the areas busy with the tourist gave some good street photography options. Like this one with the two individuals sat on two stone benches almost mirroring each other as they engage with their phones.

street photography - street photography - two people sat on a stone bench one at each end - both engaged with their phones
Richard Spurdens Photography – London street series – Model: Fuji X-T2 Lens: XF18mmF2 R 1/200 sec @ f-3.6 / ISO 200

The three you lads each with a different make of a backpack walking with purpose down the street caught my eye.

street photography - street photographer - walkers with back packs
Richard Spurdens Photography – Images from a visit to London …………Camera Data……….. Model:X-T2 Lens: XF18mmF2 R 1/480 sec @ f-5.6 / ISO 200

Shop windows always give a different view of the street, this one using a hairdressers interior and with the the window reflections gave a good interior exterior view.

street photography - street photographer - interior product and reflections of the street activity
Richard Spurdens Photography – Images from a visit to London …………Camera Data……….. Model:X-T2 Lens: XF18mmF2 R 1/180 sec @ f-2.8 / ISO 200

These three spotted in Trafalgar square seemed to be in a discussion, but the shadows and space between was seem interesting as was the look on the guys faces at the edge of the image.

street photography - street photographer - trafalgar square people interacting
Richard Spurdens Photography – Images from a visit to London Fuji X-T2 Lens: XF18mmF2 R 1/640 sec @ f-5.6 / ISO 200

Not sure what the young lady in the purple was looking at but the lady in blue was taking a picture of something whilst the young man with the ice-cream to be looking on.

street photography - street photographer - three young people own space and interactions
Richard Spurdens Photography – London visit street series – Fuji X-T2 Lens: XF18mmF2 R 1/250 sec @ f-5.6 / ISO 200

Crossing the Hungerford foot bridge there is an art installation on the railway bridge support that was worth a shot.

street photography - street photographer - hungerford footbridge there is some interesting art instalation on the supporting pillar for the railway bridge
Richard Spurdens Photography – Images from a visit to London …………Camera Data……….. Model:X-T2 Lens: XF18mmF2 R 1/60 sec @ f-11 / ISO 250

London views – Tate Modern.

One of the locations I like to visit is Tate Modern, there are always good image making opportunities and this sequence is from that location

architecture photography - architecture photographer - the strong lines and angles looking up at one corner of tate modern
Richard Spurdens Photography – London street series – Fuji X-T2 Lens: XF18mmF2 R 1/220 sec @ f-5.6 / ISO 200
architecture photography - architecture photographer - the turbine hall at tate modern showing four small groups of people at various point on the vast floor
Richard Spurdens Photography – London street series – Fuji X-T2 Lens: XF18mmF2 R 1/180 sec @ f-2 / ISO 200
street photography - street photographer - tower building activity at the tate, from the ground level
Richard Spurdens Photography – London series – Fuji X-T2 Lens: XF18mmF2 R 1/100 sec @ f-2 / ISO 200
street photography - street photographer - looking down on a lego skyscraper building activity tate modern
Richard Spurdens Photography – London series – Fuji X-T2 Lens: XF18mmF2 R 1/200 sec @ f-2.2 / ISO 200
architecture photography - architecture photographer - strong lines of pillars and the lighting make this a graphic image
Richard Spurdens Photography – London series – Fuji XT-2 Lens: XF18mmF2 R 1/60 sec @ f-2 / ISO 200
street photography - street photographer - strong reds and receding blues make a strong graghic image
Richard Spurdens Photography – London series – Fuji X-T2 Lens: XF18mmF2 R 1/60 sec @ f-2 / ISO 800
street photography - street photographer - strong reds and receding blues from a large letter e make strong graghic shapes
Richard Spurdens Photography – London series – Fuji X-T2 Lens: XF18mmF2 R 1/60 sec @ f-2 / ISO 640

The Embankment galleries

Another exhibition space that I often visit is Somerset house and it South wing where the Embankment galleries are situated. This month it was featuring the World Illustration Awards exhibition – showcasing all 200 entries shortlisted for this year’s awards, together with the winners.

travel photography - travel photograher - viewing the exhibition of the world illustration award exhibitiion
Richard Spurdens Photography – Images from a visit to London Fuji X-T2 Lens: XF18mmF2 R 1/60 sec @ f-2 / ISO 320

Well worth a visit to see the some interesting and amazing illustration work. This area for comments caught my eye.

Travel Photography - travel Photograher -comments on an exhibition of the world illustration award
Richard Spurdens Photography – Images from a visit to London Fuji X-T2 Lens: XF18mmF2 R 1/105 sec @ f-2 / ISO 200

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