You can see the video on my youtube channel:
It was a fun day, I didn’t really adapt my shooting to the cameraman, but still, there was some influence at least. I’m quite pleased with the results of this day, look for yourself, you’ll probably recognise some of the scenes from the video. The film shots are black framed.
Shot on film: (Rolleiflex Tlr 3.5 Planar on Ilford Film)
and then one more, as a tribute to the cameraman Franswa. You can see me make this shot at 4.52 in the film!!
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and he left me with some nice images.
I love walking the boundaries of erotica and art, I’m not sure how and where the limits are, but I kind of like these images. For me they are erotic, artsy, tasteful, beautiful. It’s winter in Belgium, and the weather forces me to work in the studio more than I would like, but this session boosted my confidence in the studio a lot. Some things could have gone better, I should have paid more attention to my light levels overall, but the division of light and the addition of water and the poses and the model worked out all very well. Working in the studio is a completely different game than working with available light outdoors, it has other challenges, it needs a totally different approach. I used a couple of different light setups, all based on minimal lighting, creating only highlights on the models body. I was inspired by the nude work from Andreas Bitesnich, and wanted to experiment within his style. I especially love the way he works with highlights accentuating the body shapes, and I was not really able to recreate what he did, but then I didn’t really care, since I created something new 🙂
Thanks to my great model, Charisse again 🙂 small and pretty, she never thought she could become a model due to her size, but is making her way trough faster than she could imagine I guess.
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In a castle somewhere in the French part of Belgium I found this treasure, hidden on the attic.
Model and make up: Eva Evian
Photography: Ludwig Desmet
Shot on Canon 5Ds with Sigma 50mm f1.4 DG Art. 1/60s f 2.2 ISO 800
the complete series of this shoot will be published on august 15th.
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Canon 5Ds with Sigma 50mm f 1.4 DG Art – 1/400 f2.8 ISO160
at Baudries Castle, Dikkelvenne (B)
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I haven’t published a lot from this shoot, because some non-published images will be shown at my upcoming exhibit, and I want to keep a small surprise for my visitors there. you have seen ‘Cirrus’ here before.
At the very end of the shoot, I shot a roll of film on my Rolleiflex. 12 shots, I like this one the best.
shot on Rolleiflex 3.5, Kodak T-Max 400 film.
Shot at the site of ‘Shoes or No Shoes’, with permission.
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a couple of weeks ago my work got published as an exclusive feature on NIF Magazine.
NIF (Nude Is Fashion) Magazine is an online platform for promotion of the nude as a fashion statement. They do so by promoting art-nude and fashion nude photographers on their website.
I thought that ‘Tatjana at Sabine’s house’ was a series that fitted well this description.
look for yourself:
Part two of this shoot with Sarah. In the living room of this nice house.
A grey and wet day, difficult light in this house with dark accents and furniture, and relatively small windows.
I look for windows for the available light to fall maximally on my model, but then you are in a backlight situation, which makes it always difficult to not overexpose the background/underexpose the foreground.
A further problem with this is that you have a cool color temp from the outside (6500 or so) and a warm 3000 degrees Kelvin temp on the inside. Luckily we are able now to locally brush in color temperature in Lightroom now.
Two of the images are taken with somewhat further away from the window, with only some available tungsten light.
Sarah has some kind of ‘tristesse’ in how she looks at the camera, I’m not sure she realizes this herself. Maybe she will if she reads this blog. 😉
She also has amazingly long and beautiful legs and a nice figure. She is rather used to posing, but she managed to still pose in some natural way.
Canon 100 mm f 2.8 L Macro IS and Sigma 50 mm f 1.4. I’m happy I have a stabilized lens for these occasions. The 100 mm Macro allows to stretch shutter speed up to 1/25 th of a second, with no visible camera shake.
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Handcuffs and blindfolds, they have nothing to do with submission or repression, but all with the fine art of lovemaking.
text by Greg Phillips
image © ludwig desmet
1/25 sec – f2.2 – sigma 50mm f1.4 DG Art on Canon 5D mark II
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After working with Ivana for about an hour or two, it appeared to me that she hadn’t showed herself in the shoot the way she presented herself when ringing at my door that same morning.
So I wanted her to look NOT like a model for once. So in stead of asking her to convey a certain emotional state, or a certain strength or vulnerability or whatever look I had received from her, now I wanted her to show the real Ivana. Now THAT was a very hard think to do. And I think that is the biggest disadvantage of working with pro models, they kind of lost themselves in those hundreds and hundreds of hours of being someone else.
But I think we succeeded, and Ivana at last had me have an insight in her natural being. So here she comes, the real Ivana. I am proud, thank you Ivana!
thank you, come again soon, please leave me your thoughts and questions.
Another advantage of working with professional models is that they often have little or no reservations towards nudity, as long as it is tasteful and not in disrespect to their person.
Ivana is very used to posing nude, and I am getting used to working with models in a natural, unstressed way. I consider it a gift that my wife will let me work with these women, in a way that most people consider at least ‘unconventional’. (Certainly here in Belgium) On the other hand, I must say that in this growing process, I never really felt sexual attraction during these shoots. I think it would be no good idea to not keep control over your male instincts at these moments. That will certainly ruin your photography, and it will most probably ruin your reputation as a photographer. A lot of men asked me if they could assist with light setups in my shoots, but unfortunately I work with natural light only, so I don’t need assistance. 😉
I am very much inspired by the work of Radoslaw Pujan, and maybe you can find some of his influences in my images from time to time. He’s both an exquisite photographer (working mainly on film) but also a good storyteller in his image series.
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Ivana is an international working beauty and fine art nude model. She was in Belgium last september, and I took the occasion to work with her for a morning session at the mansion.
Working with professional models has advantages and disadvantages. One of the biggest pro’s is that they very quickly understand what they need to convey in the image. If you want a certain expression or attitude in the image, most of them are quick in producing the look you’re after. Another advantage is that you can be sure they will be present at the fixed appointment date/time. Working with ‘facebook models’ sometimes lends to ‘no-show’ at the time of the shoot. (In excuse of Grandma’s dying and more of this stuff). Ivana also took care of her own make-up, hair was done by my wife Nathalie. Nathalie attended an entire shoot for the first time, and found it enriching and exciting. I was really ok for having her around, and so was Ivana. She’s used to having a whole team present at shoots, so she couldn’t be bothered less with only me and Nathalie around.
We worked in different themes, I’ll show you ‘the lady of the castle’ first.
for those wondering what NSFW stands for: Not safe for work – due to nudity involved.
All images available light only, Canon 100 mm Macro and Sigma 50 mm on my trustworthy Canon 5D II.
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A single image to get you all warmed up for the next few posts. Lisa at the Mansion. We met trough Facebook, we have tried to fix a date for a shoot on several occasions in the last two years, and then finally, at the end of august, Lisa came to Ronse for a beauty shoot. She did absolutely wonderful, I can’t wait to show you the results. The image below has received a 97.4 score by the 500px.com audience, and there’s a lot more images that have the same amount of tenderness, beauty and sensuality. Come back again really soon, and enjoy the rest of this wonderful afternoon photo session. Lisa told me when she saw the pictures: ‘amazing, that with so little equipment, you can produce this kind of result’. A great compliment for my available light photography, and another proof that you don’t need a ton of gear to produce beautiful images.
Image taken with the Sigma 50mm f1.4 DG Art 1/80 – f2.0 – ISO200
Tzipac announced its finalist and winners list of the third Tzipac Eros award.
Two of my images made it to the finalist stage, but alas, no winner.
And they forgot to mention my website, which is this blog-site you are looking at of course.
Better next year!
In the Garden of Eden.
You can see all finalists and the winning images here:
Both images are for sale on a limited edition base. (7+1 artists proof)
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If i remember well, I think Adam and Eve met at the garden of eden.
I think they must have had a similar feeling as the one I had when I first saw this garden.
It is absolutely fabulous, and I love taking my models here. I can’t thank you enough, Sabine, for lending me the result of your hard labour and work.
Next chapter in the shoot with Pauline.
A great model, lots of character and willing to integrate my ideas in this shoot.
Thanks again Pauline, I enjoyed working with you.
Come again soon for my next post, another before and after image, with Lightroom development tricks explained.
I received confirmation that seven of my thirteen entries in the Tzipac Eros award 2014 have been accepted for stage two judgement.
I have entered images from different shoots in 2 categories: Erotic/provocative and Fine Art.
Garden of Eden, not yet published here, is one of the selected images.
Final results of this contest to be expected end of august, I will certainly keep you informed about it.
More info on the contest organisation here:
a series of color images I took at the house with the wonderful garden, in Ronse.
Sabine saw my work in the ‘Kunst omhulst in Villa 99’ exhibit, and she tracked me down on Facebook. Per return, I saw pictures of her garden and I immediately fell in love with the beauty and romantic feeling the garden expresses. I had a first shoot with Anna O. in the garden itself, and now her house interior was decor for this shoot with Tatjana. Sabine is a painting artist herself, and very open minded for these collaborations. Thank you Sabine, for having me at your home that day. Tatjana is a non professional model, but very experienced in model shoots anyway. She was really open to work with, and a lovely personality. We were so indulged in the shoot that we had to hurry to catch the train at the scheduled time.
Rain all afternoon, so we didn’t have the possibility to shoot in the garden that day, but the interior of the house proved very adequate for a ‘natural beauty’ shoot.
Make up: Heidi H.
Hair: Nathalie R.
Lingerie was willingly provided by Tutti-Passi, woman friendly pleasure shop.
Hope you like this small selection of images.
I will soon show a second series of black and white images from that same shoot.
Images taken with Canon 5D II and Sigma 50 mm f1.4 DG Art and Canon EF 100 mm f2.8 Macro IS L. In the first and second image I used a strobist flash off camera to get some additional light. It is bounced on a reflector, right side from the camera.
Hope to see you again soon, don’t hesitate to leave a comment, ask questions or whatever.
A couple more film images from the shoot Tatjana at Sabine’s house, Kodak T-max 400 on Rolleiflex 3.5
Model: Tatjana DN
Make up: Heidi Huys
Hair: Nathalie Renard
This is the first model shoot where I used the 60 years old Rolleiflex camera and it did just fine.
I found the square aspect ratio from the middle format Rolleiflex a relief to work with. No more hard decisions on shooting vertical vs. horizontal.
Sabine’s husband is collecting ‘snail houses’, we made good use of them. 😉
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From the shoot Tatjana at Sabine’s house, Kodak T-max 400 on Rolleiflex 3.5
Model: Tatjana DN
Make up: Heidi Huys
Hair: Nathalie Renard
Many thanks to Sabine V. for letting me use her home as a setting.
I’ll do another post soon with a little more information on the camera.
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Styling and photography by me.
Make up and model: Anna Orlova
Limited edition prints available.
Table Top Nude II
Soon more images from the shoot with Tatjana, and also a series of analog images from that shoot.
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Well, kind of anyway.
Model & Mua: Anna Orlova
Photography: Ludwig Desmet
Limited edition prints available
Garden of Eden
for a nice long hot weekend!