In my last post, I talked a little bit about easy shoots vs complicated shoots. Well, I think I can throw that logic out the window now, as even the simplest shoots turn into huge productions. This was supposed to be an easy shoot to better do justice to a great outfit, and I think the results speak for themselves.
Years ago, I had someone get this great pirate outfit for me from Trashy Lingerie. I make a point of mentioning that I did not create this outfit, because people tend to say things like “Tara make ALL her own outfits”. And though that is mostly true, every so often there’s an exception to this rule. I brought the outfit to Jamacia and even painted a few toy plastic pirate pistols to look realistic, and went to Kink in the Caribbean (2006?) with the hope that a great location would turn up.
Well, even though my toy guns were seized in customs (you can’t even bring a bright green water pistol into the country), I still managed to find a good location but I don’t think the pictures ever were as good as I had hoped. Taking dirty pictures around a clothing optional resort would seem not to be a problem, but yeah, if you were masturbating in public sooner or later security would come and ask you to please stop. So the “Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Cum” shoot was decent, if not debaucherous.
So I always wanted to make a pirate ship set or something and go to town with this outfit and well, dig deep for buried treasure.
I have this whole section of my house that has this awful 60s knotty pine motif going on, and well, it’s slated for renovation, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to get a bunch of shoots out of it! I took everything I owned that was even remotely pirate-y, or somewhat nautical, made a Jolly Roger and a treasure map, and the results are so damn good, I’m starting to not hate this ugly part of my house.
So with two pirate chests, tons of candles (and yes, during the shoot I had a fire extinguisher handy because I knew at some point my hat might catch on fire), some great wall art, and the family silverware, voila! instant pirate ship cabin set! The low ceilings and the stairway nearby added to the effect, and in this case I was using the claustrophobic area to enhance the coziness.
I’m really happy with the results. Almost so happy with the set I was beginning to wonder if the not-made-by-me outfit would bring down the shoot, but hey, maybe before I renovate this area, I’ll make an original pirate outfit and do another pirate shoot later.
In any event I had a tricky time lighting this with studio lights because I needed to dim them down (and not use strobes) so that the camera would pick up the candlelight too.
Generally I try to shoot with as much light as possible so I can set the camera to a high shutter speed and use the lowest ISO rating available (usually 50). In this case in order to make it work I had to resort to ISO 100 and a shutter speed of around 1/8 second. Which means of course, tripod shots and holding really really still. I think for the most part the pictures were came out ok technically.
So the idea was to have this up for Halloween, but it might take another day or two to chug through the entire set of photos. I shot about 300, but since there were uneven lighting issues, the editing is a bit time consuming.
Would you make this pirate walk the plank? I think not! The entire set of around 190 pictures goes up on my site ASAP!