Ginger Sin at the Art of Contemporary Shibari Exhibit

We had a great time during the Opening weekend for the Art of Contemporary Shibari Exhibit in Houston. I rigged Ginger Sin with helpful suggestions by Lew Rubens. CapturedErotica photographed this image. These are absolutely wonderful people to work with and have as friends. I’m blessed.

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Skye Greene in an early suspension

This shoot with Sky Geene was her first experience with ropes and shibari.  Here she is suspended in an inverted hog tie.  In a normal upright position, a hog tie is a classic shibari position.  Skye liked her experience and we created many beautiful images together in this and other shibari photoshoots.

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not a shibari harness – but a cool idea

Here is a behind the scenes  video showing how this group of friends used a conventional climbing harness to create a cool picture.  They wanted to create a picture that made it look like someone was being abducted by aliens.  I think they did a great job.

This video was submitted in the recent Fstoppers Behind The Scenes contest.


Light falloff …

The intensity of the illumination falloffs very quickly from the external strobes and hotlights we use to light our models.   Unlike portrait shoots, frequently shibari type shoots involve models moving around in different positions during the shoot.   This can easily cause over and/or under exposure problems for different parts of the models body in the same image.

As an example, think of a suspended model slowly spinning in a horizontal pattern.  If a 5 foot model’s head was 3 feet from the light source, the light on the model’s head would be 1/9 as strong as at the light source, while the light on the models feet extended straight out from the light source would be 1/64 as strong as at the light source in the same.  Then as the model slowly rotated, the illumination pattern would change completely.  With the same light setup, with the model rotated 180 degrees, the light on the model’s feet would be 1/9 as strong as at the light source, while the light at the model’s head would 1/64 as strong.

Here is a good video by Mark Wallace, demonstrating the effects of light falloff, and with some suggestions on how to use or compensate for it.

Skye Greene – June 2011

Skye Greene and I did a gold body paint shoot.  We wanted to create some gold statue type poses.  Skye was awesome.  She got right into the “role” and gracefully moved from one awesome pose to another.  What a pleasure it is to work with a professional.

We also did some relatively simple shibari rigging and suspensions that were no-where near as aggressive as some of the others Skye and I have done together.  But, I painted my ropes gold too, so Skye and the ropes together look like a statue.  The pictures look great.  I still have editing to do on them.  When I finish, I’ll include them both in a future post and in the following gallery.


Suspension Lighting Ideas from Patrick Hall …

Patrick Hall, one of the co-founders of Fstoppers, wanted to produce non-typical images of wake boarders. To do that, he suspended wake boarders in a studio, threw water on them, and used a variety of lighting techniques to produce attractive and unusual images. While he did not have shibari suspensions, he faced the same kinds of lighting problems we face when trying to photograph our shibari suspended models in the studio.

Together with his co-founder, Lee Morris, they produced a video describing their goals, behind the scene activities of their photoshoots, and showing the resulting images. This is a long 12 minute video. The suspension lighting techniques begin around 4:22 into the video. The entire blog post on Fstoppers is here.

Fstoppers takes you behind the scenes with photographer Patrick Hall as he explains photographing wakeboardering behind a boat as well as a completely unique studio photoshoot. View the Full Article at

Features Patrick explaining the Ewa-Marine DSLR Housing: , shooting on an inner-tube, designing a studio shoot, and studio lighting. For more of Patrick Hall’s work goto

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Suspension Lighting Ideas from Jay P. Morgan …

When we light our suspension models, most of the time, it is not possible to position our lights as close to the model as shown in typical studio lighting BTS videos and tutorials. Here is a BTS video by Jay P. Morgan showing a commercial shoot where he lighted a suspended model.

Although this was not a shibari suspension, he had the same problems we do when we light a shibari suspension. And, while the lights he used are much more sophisticated (expensive) than the lights I, and probably most of us, use in our hobby, I was interested in where and how he built up his lighting setup for this shoot.

Artwork at Heat

Dallas Kink and kinkerbelle created a piece of art at the Heat pre-opening party.  Dallas Kink rigged kinkerbelle for a low suspension, and taped cans of paint to her legs.  Then, he guided her movement as she floated over a piece of canvas.  The dripping paint created a  piece of art that is now part of the Heat ambiance.

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