These beauty images were shot in Nesso, Italy, on Lake Como. When I was in Italy in 2007, I rented a car with the intension of driving from Milano to Bellagio, some 60 miles (95KM) away and rather taking the fast way I decided to drive the scenic route, from Como to Bellagio on the road that is beside Lake Como.
Being Spring, it had been raining and most of the streams, rivers and lakes in northern Italy were swollen. While driving through Nesso, I crossed a small bridge, maybe 12 feet long (4 meters) , I noticed out of the corner of my right eye, a waterfall. I parked the car and grabbed a camera and started shooting, and shooting, and shooting. While trying to find a better spot, I noticed a narrow path between 2 buildings, so I took it to the top. What I discovered was a set of community wash tubs, see the photo below. I'm guessing there was a time where the women, and some men, took their laundry to wash and rinse here. It is this spot, years later, that I decided to shoot these series of images.
The first 3 images were shot using a Lumedyne battery powered strobe system with just a reflector and was about 3 feet away (90 cm) see below, from the model. The fourth, and bottom image, is when the strobe sync system failed to fire the strobe. All of these are good images but I prefer the ones that look like sunset light is present.
The Gear for all images:
Canon camera set to 160 ISO with a shutter speed of 1/160 second using a
Canon 85mm f1.8 lens set to f8 shot hand held.
Lumedyne battery powered strobe system using a (See below)
Standard reflector from about
3 feet away (100 cm) from the model.
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