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The naked truth is in the eye of the beholder. With the bounce flash at hand and a simple pose against my apartment wall, I managed to achieve what I thought to be only possible in a studio. This pleases me as I was about to lash out on studio lights and a backdrop!

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My interest in photography began back in high-school when I used my mother’s Olympus OM-1 to shoot sports events. I learnt to understand film, light meters and other technical issues. I bought my first SLR, a Nikon F70, when I finished uni and became more focussed on shooting portraiture, landscape and photojournalism. Since then I have not looked back opening my own business in 2009 specialising in portrait photography.

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  • NikonJohn
    NikonJohnabout 5 years ago

    Nice result Mark. Great details!

  • Thanks Nikon John. FInally started getting some use out of my 50mm lense which I have shyed away from for far too long!

    – Mark Elshout

  • gobucki
    gobuckiabout 5 years ago

    Oh this is fantastic.

  • Glad you approve Matthew. Bit of a tease really!

    – Mark Elshout

  • Lyndy
    Lyndyabout 5 years ago

    Its a fun tease and a great Image L:)X

  • Thanks Lyndy. Glad you like it.

    – Mark Elshout

  • Justine Devereux-Old
    Justine Devere...about 5 years ago

    Great results are often from the simplest of set-ups!! i always use bounce flash and natural back drops.. who needs a studio anyway??!

  • Thanks. I tried a couple of flash setups but bounce was by far the most effective. Very pleased with the results.

    – Mark Elshout

  • gobucki
    gobuckiabout 5 years ago

  • Thanks for the feature Matthew

    – Mark Elshout

  • belle2593
    belle2593about 5 years ago

    I love photos like this. It’s what I’m really into

  • Thanks. This one is a little quirky as they are both crops off the photo series on the direct right of this comment with the pink dress! Just loved the varying expressions.

    – Mark Elshout

  • sunchaser
    sunchaserabout 5 years ago

    Beautifully done!

  • Thanks sunchaser, like you, just another example of having a bit of fun while practising my bounce flash techniques

    – Mark Elshout

  • lroof
    lroofabout 5 years ago

    how fun!

  • It was exactly how this duplet came about; a little fun with some rather heavy cropping!

    – Mark Elshout

  • Taylor Sawyer
    Taylor Sawyerabout 5 years ago

    Hello! Great piece you have here! I’m making a feature banner for the group Oh So Emotional and I was wondering if I can use your piece in it (I would not alter it in any other way than cropping it). I plan to post on the front page of the group all the names of those people that allowed me to use their works in the banner with a link back to their album. Please let me know if you wouldnt mind my using this lovely piece! Thanks!

  • I would be honored if you used my work Taylor. Thanks for asking! Do you need a copy emailed to you or do you need the image submitted to the group or is there anything else I can do for you? Cheers!

    – Mark Elshout

  • Taylor Sawyer
    Taylor Sawyerabout 5 years ago

    Thank you Mark! Nope you dont have to do anything else! Hope you join in the group though! You’ll see your piece on the front page of the group!

  • Wow that is an honour. Thank you so much!

    – Mark Elshout

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