How I Created An Abandoned Warehouse From Scratch To Shoot A Sci-Fi Latex Astronaut [NSFW]

Dec 19, 2015

Zatsepin Alex

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How I Created An Abandoned Warehouse From Scratch To Shoot A Sci-Fi Latex Astronaut [NSFW]

Dec 19, 2015

Zatsepin Alex

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Short answer: Some Latex, A hat, cardboard and smoke. Hit the jump for the long answer. Be aware that it is mildly NSFW.

Inspiration

This shoot was a combination of several unrelated factors coming together. Interestingly they fit very well as a complete concept.

Factor #1: I’m a big fan of using creative scenery in my photography and I love to build my setups in my small home studio.

Factor #2: I have long wanted to try and use light though a gobo in my photos. Specifically I had the idea of using back-light though some sort of a patterns, say a window covered with branches.

Factor #3: We had a wonderful, magnificent latex catsuit! And it was orange!

When we conceive the shoot, I looked at the clothed model and realized that she reminded me of US astronauts. Maybe something about the orange color in the suit. A thought about photographing her with industrial fans and smoke came into mind. Well, we needed a helmet, of course. What self-respecting astronaut would not have a helmet?

I hit the iron while it was hot. I just could not rest until I made it happen. I decided to implement ideas without delay.

Props

I found some empty card box boxes and decided to sculpt them into a “fan”. Then on second thought, I realized that this may not be the best idea, as the cardboard is light and it will be very difficult to have it completely dark in the frame. I could, of course, paint the board black, but then I would have had to postpone the shoot to the next day. NO! Time was getting late, my creative itch did not let me go. I took it as a challenge, just to make things more interesting.

Building a wall fan
Building a wall fan

I glued two pieces of cardboard together to get the appropriate height and cut out the fan blades. I hooked the improvised “wall” on a light stand to I can use it with my studio lights.

Lighting

The large latex outfit requires a long highlight to make it work. I decided to use a large two-meter strip box. This immediately opened a can of trouble: the ceiling was too low, and the strip bounced some light on the cardboard (as I suspected), and actually, the strip itself was also leaking light on the cardboard.

The light from the strip-boxing is reflected from the ceiling and "Siphon" on board
The light from the strip-boxing is reflected from the ceiling and spilling on the board

An egg crate on the strip really improved things :)

I placed a strobe mounted with barn doors behind the wall for the back light. I needed the barn doors for pretty much the same reason I needed the egg crate. To avoid spillage on the ceiling and cardboard.

Backlight source
Backlight source
and another view
and another view

To complete the picture, I placed another snooted strobe with blue gel for a beautiful reflex. It was placed behind and left to model to create a light bit of blue rim light. Here is a shot of the final setup (lit with the overhead fixture)

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I used my hand to test the lighting. It was good!

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In general, I was pretty satisfied with the picture, the cardboard still took a little hit, but I thought that some smoke will help mitigate this and turned on the smoke machine. Now it was time to test the entire setup. The result is more than satisfactory!

Excellent!
Excellent!

Here is a general lighting scheme

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And a setup shot

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That’s all. The photos kinda took care of themselves from here

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About The Author

Alex Zatsepin is a photographer based in Moldova. He specializes in Dark Art, fetish, and psychedelic styles. You can see more of his photos on his portfolio and his Facebook page.

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8 responses to “How I Created An Abandoned Warehouse From Scratch To Shoot A Sci-Fi Latex Astronaut [NSFW]”

  1. Mark Chaudhary Avatar
    Mark Chaudhary

    That qualified as NSFW? *puzzled*

    1. Casey Braunger Avatar
      Casey Braunger

      Maybe it’s the vinyl vagina lips and apparent nipples?

    2. Mark Chaudhary Avatar
      Mark Chaudhary

      Casey *shrug*…meh?

    3. Shane Elliott Avatar
      Shane Elliott

      NSFW depends where you work. But consider that the artist “specializes in Dark Art, fetish, and psychedelic styles”, so saying “NSFW” probably is a habit because someone probably always whines that he didn’t say “NSFW” when he doesn’t say it. So, in theory, saying NSFW would save him from a conversation about NSFW every time he shoots something. Well, proved him wrong, didn’t we?

  2. Indrid Cold Avatar
    Indrid Cold

    How such a simple setup can produce this dramatically authentic set look is amazing.

  3. Patrick Arthur Treffers Avatar
    Patrick Arthur Treffers

    Great tutorial and of cource tnx for the inspiration

  4. Shane Elliott Avatar
    Shane Elliott

    I like the mood and overall effect.

    I do think the the blue filter only on the left side in the background pulls your eyes from the subject unnecessarily. So if both background lights both had a blue filter or neither had the blue filter, the subject would have a stronger pull because your eyes would not be pulled away to study the blue smoke and the white smoke separately. The background has a significant uneven pull, as is, because of the contrast in color. If that is what you want, then great. My personal preference is that the imagery would be stronger with a consistent background filter. The second image is powerfully striking with just the white smoke.

  5. Nicolas Racine Avatar
    Nicolas Racine

    Very nice! Another example of how you can work miracles with a little creativity.