Plinth Shapes (NSFW)

Plinth shapes is a set of images that I have put together to demonstrate how you can use a simple prop to create strong Artistic Nude images. These were all lit with a single studio light fitted with a large soft box.

I have been asked a few times about what is a useful prop to use in the studio to help to create strong Artisit Nude images. One of my favourite items to work with is a rectanglar wooden posing block. I have several of these in the studio which I bring out from time to time when I working with my models.

They can be used in various way to give the model something to pose on but the emphasis has to be on them making strong shapes. You can see some more examples of my use of the posing blocks here. In the first set of images in this post I have used the block flat. So the acting as a long plinth shape. The second set of images I have placed the block at an angle. It  does require the model to be able to make strong figure shapes with their body.  I have also found that it can be
beneficial to just let the model free flow with their posing on the block. It can by very interesting to see how they work on it

Images

Fine Art Nude Photography - Fine Art Nude Photographer - monochrome image showing a stong artistic nude figure shape standing on a plinth
Richard Spurdens Photography – artistic nude standing on a plinth series Canon 5D mk II Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. ISO 100 1/125sec @ f / 5.6
Fine Art Nude Photography - Fine Art Nude Photographer - monochrome image showing a stong artistic nude figure shape standing on a plinth
Richard Spurdens Photography – artistic nude standing on a plinth series -Canon 5D mk II Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. ISO 100 1/125sec @ f / 5.6
Fine Art Nude Photography - Fine Art Nude Photographer - monochrome image showing a stong artistic nude figure shape standing on a plinth
Richard Spurdens Photography – artistic nude standing on a plinth series – Canon 5D mk II Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. ISO 100 1/125sec @ f / 5.6
Fine Art Nude Photography - Fine Art Nude Photographer - monochrome image showing a stong artistic nude figure shape standing on a plinth
Richard Spurdens Photography – artistic nude standing on a plinth series – Canon 5D mk II Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. ISO 100 1/125sec @ f / 5.6
Fine Art Nude Photography - Fine Art Nude Photographer - monochrome image showing a stong artistic nude figure shape standing on a plinth
Richard Spurdens Photography – artistic nude standing on a plinth series – Canon 5D mk II Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. ISO 100 1/125sec @ f / 5.6
Fine Art Nude Photography - Fine Art Nude Photographer - monochrome image showing a stong artistic nude figure shape standing on a plinth
Richard Spurdens Photography – artistic nude standing on a plinth series – Canon 5D mk II Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. ISO 100 1/125sec @ f / 5.6

Angled block Plinth shapes

Fine Art Nude Photography - Fine Art Nude Photographer - monochrome image showing a stong artistic nude figure shape using a plinth at an angle
Richard Spurdens Photography – artistic nude standing on a plinth series – Canon 5D mk II Canon 50mm 1.2 lens. ISO 100 1/125sec @ f / 4.0
Fine Art Nude Photography - Fine Art Nude Photographer - monochrome image showing a stong artistic nude figure shape using a plinth at an angle
Richard Spurdens Photography – artistic nude standing on a plinth series – Canon 5D mk II Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. ISO 100 1/125sec @ f / 4.0

Lighting: Profoto studio lights
Model: Fawnya Frolic (now retired)


2016 a year in review

I can’t really believe that we are at the end of another year, and again I have had a good year photographically so here is some of the highlights from my 2016.

Having a studio has been a real boon and I have worked with a number of new models there this year. We’ve created some great images, and also had good fun playing with different light approaches.

New models have included Amber M, Em Theresa, Katie Green and finally Nicky Philips. Also Marmalade – but not at my studio as we worked on location in the Pit in Nottingham. The other creative I had the pleasure to work with during the year was the Make Up Artist (MUA) Monica Montalvo. We created some pleasing beauty images working with the model Amber Tutton.

New Models images:

portrait photography - portrait photographer - colour portrait image of model with blue coloured hair
Richard Spurdens Photography -Blue Haired Beauty
fashion photogarphy - fashion photographer - fashion with shadows
Katie Green – shadow patterns
dance photographer - dance photography - colour image of the model wearing a red leotard jumping and making a runing shape holding the rugby ball.
Richard Spurdens Photography – The sprint
Artistic nude photographer - artistic nude photography - model crouching in the window light on balls of her feet and holding her head in her hands exposed for the window light so models figure is in shadow
Richard Spurdens Photography – Crouching in the window light
Portrait Photography - Portrait Photographer - colour portait image of model topless looking across her shoulder back into the camera
Richard Spurdens Photography – model Nicky Philips
Artistic nude photographer - artistic nude photography - artistic nude model balanceing on a box with a panel to the left hand side making look she is on an L shape
Richard Spurdens Photography – Balancing on the L

I also worked again with Anita De Bauch, Elle Beth, Fredau H, Carla Monoco, and Amber Tutton. it is always good to work with models that you have worked with before, its a bit more relaxing as you know what they can do.

More models:

Portrait Photography - Portrait Photographer - colour image of the model reflected in a the mirror with her red nails and hair shining brightly
Richard Spurdens Photography – Red nails blue eyes
Artistic nude photographer - artistic nude photography - colour image of the model with the patterns of the material creating shadows on her figure
Richard Spurdens Photography – Mischkan shadow patterns
Artistic nude photographer - artistic nude photography - colour image of model wearing a white textured top light by natural window light
Richard Spurdens Photography – Elle beth in natural light
Portrait Photography - Portrait Photographer - colour image of the model wearign white tights seated on the floor with legs half crossed looking directly into the camera
Richard Spurdens Photography – Simple Fredua H
Portrait Photography - Portrait Photographer - colour portait head shot image of a subject wearing a white hat with a black rim and is looking directly into the lens
Richard Spurdens Photography carla m – white hat elegance – Fuji X-T1 – XF 56mm F1.2 R 1/ 125 sec @ F / 2.5

I have also supported Walters Wardrobe (Jen Brook) and her couture themed shoots at some great locations. These have included Allerton Castle and the vast stately home at Wentworth Woodhouse plus some other great locations too. The Wardrobe team included the MUAs Olivia Morewood and Abigail Pulleyn, with Jen doing the styling, sourcing outfits from the likes of Designer Sharon Bowen- Dryden.

Walters Wardrobe images:

fashion photographer - fashion photography - colour image from a fashion shoot at sledmere hall
Richard Spurdens Photography – fashion shoot – Lady of elegance
fashion photographer - fashion photography - colour image from a fashion shoot at allerton castle
Richard Spurdens Photography – fashion shoot at Allerton Castle,
fashion photographer - fashion photography - colour image from fashion shoot a wentworth woodhouse featuring model wearing a white bridal dress and high hair
Richard Spurdens Photography – fashion shoot a wentworth woodhouse
fashion photographer - fashion photography - colour portrait image of kelly ann showing of the dress design and hair
Richard Spurdens Photography – fashion photography fashion shoot a wentworth woodhouse house

This year I have also started a number of projects which I will feature early next year on this site. The main one has been “Reflected Leeds” which is about creating images of Leeds but using reflections.

I have also had a few trips to various different parts of the country to give talks on my work. These have included a visit to Smethwich photographic society and Bristol photographic society. Both are very prestigous societies so I was pleased to have been invited to present my work. Earlier in the year I attended the Arena Photographers weekend in Bournemouth, showing some of my “Perfecting the art of ” series of images on the Photo walk on the Saturday. These were well received by the delegates at the weekend.

The FIAP distinctions trail had been progressing, I received my EFIAP gold in June of this year, which was pleasing, however I have scaled back the number of exhibition I have been entering, only entering the ones that have good exhibition catalogues. I have managed to maintain a high rate of acceptances and have managed to pick up a few awards as well. I now need to get on with submitting my application for the EFIAP/ platiumn award.

A couple of visits to Spain were fruitful in terms of photography with some more interesting bull running images and other image opportunites. A visit to Glasgow in late October also produced some good images of the city architecture.

Other images from the year:

Portrait Photography - Portrait Photographer - colour image of the subject looking up towards the light wearing a red beret
Richard Spurdens Photography – Red beret II
Portrait Photography - Portrait Photographer - colour portrait image of the victorian post mistress standing behind her counter in the victorian shop at the Black country museum
Richard Spurdens Photography – the post mistress
Travel Photography - travel Photograher - colour image of three surfers heading towards the sea carrying their boards
Richard Spurdens Photography – surfers in pembrokeshire
Artistic nude photographer - artistic nude photography - colour image of artistic nude model hold a vertical rope down the center of her figure with legs each side making strong shapes and arms gripping the rope each at an angle
Richard Spurdens Photography – Fine art nudes – elle beth with rope
Aerial Arts photographer - Aerial hoop photographer - Aerial Arts photography - colour image of aerialist on a red hoop and wearing a red leotard holding an aerial pose using hand one hand and inner leg
Richard Spurdens Photography – Aerial hoop shapes with Aerialist EM – Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: Canon EF 70-200 f2.8 1/125 sec @ f/ 5.6
fashion photographer - fashion photography - monochrome vintage fashion shoot with model wear a sixty style psychedelic designed dress hat and black shoes
Richard Spurdens Photography -Standing tall
Sport photography - sport photographer - colour image from the time trail stage from javea to calpe in spain.
Richard Spurdens Photography – time trail focus
Travel Photography - travel Photograher - images from a bull running festiveal in the port of Javea Spain
Richard Spurdens Photography – image from bull running in Javea Spain
Artistic nude photographer - artistic nude photography - colour image of artistic nude model standing on tiptoe in a square of window light comming from behind and the figure also been lit from the side again from a large window.
Richard Spurdens Photography – Elle Beth at The Natural light Studio
Landscape Photography - Landscape Photographer - Blue dawn light Javea
Richard Spurdens Photography – Blue dawn light

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