MONOMAD CHALLENGE : Studio portraiture of Natalie Eng-My

This is my entry for the daily #monomad challenge hosted and curated by @monochromes.

Hello everyone in the Black and White community. Its been a very long time since my last post here. I hope all of you guys still remember me. >.,<"

As always I will share a black and white portraiture to all of you. A studio portraiture of Natalie.

She was one of the finalist for Miss Cultural Ambassador 2022, a local pageant here at my hometown. I knew her from three years back before the Covid pandemic started but I never had a chance to take her photo before, because, she had a contract in one of the modeling agency here at Kota Kinabalu.

Luckily, this time I was the Official Photographer for the pageant that she was participating.

Meet Natalie.

Hello semua dalam komuniti Black and White. Sudah lama sangat sejak post terakhir saya di sini. Saya harap anda semua masih ingat saya. >.,<"

Seperti biasa saya akan kongsikan potret hitam putih kepada anda semua. Potret studio Natalie.

Dia adalah salah seorang finalis untuk Miss Cultural Ambassador 2022, pertandingan tempatan di kampung halaman saya. Saya mengenalinya sejak tiga tahun lalu sebelum wabak covid itu bermula tetapi saya tidak pernah berpeluang mengambil gambarnya sebelum ini, kerana dia mempunyai kontrak di salah sebuah agensi peragaan di Kota Kinabalu.

Nasib baik, kali ini saya menjadi Jurugambar Rasmi untuk pertandingan yang dia sertai.

Perkenalkan Natalie.

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Half body shot : EXIF - ISO - 200 | f/8 | 1/160 sec | 85mm | Exposure bias 0 step

She has a unique face shape and she really nailed the expression that I describe to her. Her facial expression really made my day. I had to change my lighting setup a few time before I can get this look.

Dia mempunyai bentuk muka yang unik dan dia benar-benar memakukan ekspresi yang saya gambarkan kepadanya. Riak wajahnya benar-benar membuat hari saya. Saya terpaksa menukar persediaan pencahayaan saya beberapa kali sebelum saya boleh mendapatkan rupa ini.

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Half body shot : EXIF - ISO - 200 | f/8 | 1/160 sec | 85mm | Exposure bias 0 step

I love when she smiles but her strongest pose is when she is not smiling. She can do lots of poses which really match to her dress and her look plus the lighting setup that I made.

I used one lighting setup only with the hexagon softbox 120mm and a Godox 400watt lighting strobe.

Saya suka apabila dia tersenyum tetapi pose paling kuat adalah apabila dia tidak tersenyum. Dia boleh melakukan banyak pose yang benar-benar sepadan dengan pakaiannya dan penampilannya serta persediaan pencahayaan yang saya buat.

Saya menggunakan satu persediaan pencahayaan hanya dengan kotak lembut heksagon 120mm dan strob pencahayaan Godox 400watt.

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Half body shot : EXIF - ISO - 200 | f/8 | 1/160 sec | 85mm | Exposure bias 0 step

To achieve this look I had her lean on the white wall and the lighting was placed parallel to the wall with the softbox. The softbox was around three feet away from her.

In this photo, she started to smile before I pressed the shutter. I thought I had her smiling face but it turned out to be like this and it was great and I loved it :D

Untuk mencapai rupa ini saya menyuruhnya bersandar pada dinding putih dan pencahayaan diletakkan selari dengan dinding dengan kotak lembut. Kotak lembut itu berada kira-kira tiga kaki darinya.

Dalam foto ini, dia mula tersenyum sebelum saya menekan pengatup. Saya fikir saya mempunyai wajahnya yang tersenyum tetapi ternyata seperti ini dan ia hebat dan saya menyukainya :D

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Half body shot : EXIF - ISO - 200 | f/8 | 1/160 sec | 85mm | Exposure bias 0 step

During the photoshoot session, we were having fun and laugh a lot, we exchanged ideas on poses and which facial expression for which pose. She is a happy go lucky girl, but she admit that she is an emo girl :D that explained why she easily nailed the face expression.

Semasa sesi photoshoot, kami berseronok dan bergelak ketawa, bertukar idea tentang pose dan mimik muka yang mana untuk pose. Dia seorang gadis yang happy go lucky, tetapi dia mengakui bahawa dia adalah seorang gadis emo :D itu menjelaskan mengapa dia mudah memaku ekspresi muka.

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A close up shot : EXIF - ISO - 200 | f/8 | 1/160 sec | 85mm | Exposure bias 0 step

What I regret the most during this photoshoot session was I never did take a single headshot photo. I can still get a headshot from other photos by cropping it but it will never be the same if I had it as a headshot from the beginning.

Apa yang paling saya kesalkan semasa sesi pemotretan ini ialah saya tidak pernah mengambil satu pun gambar headshot. Saya masih boleh mendapatkan tangkapan kepala daripada foto lain dengan memangkasnya tetapi ia tidak akan sama jika saya memilikinya sebagai tangkapan kepala dari awal.

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Half body shot : EXIF - ISO - 200 | f/8 | 1/160 sec | 85mm | Exposure bias 0 step

And that is all for today's black and white post. I hope you all like it.

Thank you for visiting and supporting me everyone. Stay safe and have a great day :)

Dan itu sahaja untuk posting hitam putih hari ini. Saya harap anda semua menyukainya.

Terima kasih kerana melawat dan menyokong saya semua. Kekal selamat dan semoga hari anda hari yang hebat :)

Photographer @tawadak24
Camera Sony A7iii | 85mm f1.8
Editing Software Adobe Photoshop CC



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Every black and white photo is always unique

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yes I agree. I has its own special vibes :DD

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Very nice to see you again. Your modeling is really stylish and beautiful. Every smile is beautiful, but for a model in a serious pose, it has a striking quality. And I always like catchy looks

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Thank you so much for your kind comment my friend. I am very lucky to have her as a model during this photoshoot. :))

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Lovely portrait, great feel to it!!
And congratulations on the first place in the monomad challenge!

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Thank you so much my friend. It really means a lot! :))

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You got beautiful portraits, she looks very relax and the light is gorgeous, congratulations!

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Thank you so much my friend. I was very lucky to have her as a model :D and the lighting setup is one of my favorite.

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Congratulations, excellent photo session. That lens is a marvel with that aperture. Super bright it must be. On the other hand, the model looked comfortable and enjoying herself. That's what she transmits, peace and satisfaction.

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Thank you so much for visiting and for the kind comment my friend. Yes the lens is my favorite for portrait. The sharpness on the photo that it produce is really amazing.

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Campin amoi ni buat muka !PIZZA

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Ya masih muda lagi ni baru 19, tp sda campen oo !PIZZA

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Such sensual photos and angles that captured the essence!

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Thank you for your kind comment and thank you for visiting my friend! :D have a great day.

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