Location fashion shoot at Darling Harbour, Sydney – part of the workshop on outdoor night location shooting I did recently with Koukei.

The idea was to get the model frozen mid-twirl against the ambient city lights. However I found the background I chose didn’t work too well – just looked too busy and distracting. I used a high ISO to get a slow shutter speed and maximum depth of field but in retrospect it would have been better to use a shallower depth of field to get a better bokkeh effect I think. So I converted the background to a zoom blur. What do you think?

Model: Natascha
Photography / processing: Geoff

Tv: 1/20 sec
Av: f/9.0
ISO: 1600


lights, night, sydney, dress, swirl, fashion, beauty, dance, location, twirl, natascha, darling harbour, zoom blur


  • Geoff Coleman - Conceptuals
    Geoff Coleman ...about 5 years ago

    Original shot

  • Ronald Rockman
    Ronald Rockmanabout 5 years ago

    Excellent image well done

  • Thank you kindly.

    – Geoff Coleman - Conceptuals

  • Marguerite Foxon
    Marguerite Foxonabout 5 years ago

    You’re right – the original background is distracting. I think your post processing is great and the blur works nicely. Great shot Geoff.

  • Thanks muchly for the feedback Marguerite – glad you like it.

    – Geoff Coleman - Conceptuals

  • Julian Escardo
    Julian Escardoabout 5 years ago

    Either way Geoff, this is stunning – her face is well in focus and absolutely mesmerizing – the flow of the dress is stop action magic. And yes, the zoom background is more effective – TMI in the other…..thank you for keeping us abreast of your doings and the progress. Koukei ought to be impresed!

  • Thanks for your really considered feedback Julian – very much appreciated.

    – Geoff Coleman - Conceptuals

  • Rhana Griffin
    Rhana Griffinabout 5 years ago

    What do I think? I think you are far too clever for me… Love the multiple levels of motion goin on in this one Geoff.

  • Oh I suspect not – I’d never be clever enough to pull a stunt like your blind opera singer effort on myself :-) Thanks for your lovely comment Ms Muffin.

    – Geoff Coleman - Conceptuals

  • naishh
    naishhabout 5 years ago

    fabulous……great shot…….

  • Thank you.

    – Geoff Coleman - Conceptuals

  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelabout 5 years ago

  • Ah you sweet thing – thanks heaps Cora.

    – Geoff Coleman - Conceptuals

  • Varinia   - Globalphotos
    Varinia - Gl...about 5 years ago

    Fabulous image Geoff, love the zoom background really accentuates the model….imho :-))

  • Thanks sweetie – that’s the look I was going for (as well as trying to turn a problem to an advantage).

    – Geoff Coleman - Conceptuals

  • Tim Wootton
    Tim Woottonalmost 5 years ago

    Nice image Geoff! I always like images with blur and flash to stop motion, you just never know exactly what you will end up with.

  • Yes it is a bit of a lottery but very satisfying when it works. Thanks Tim.

    – Geoff Coleman - Conceptuals

  • Rajdev73
    Rajdev73almost 5 years ago

    Great work, love it.

  • Thanks – glad you like it.

    – Geoff Coleman - Conceptuals

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