Photographer Creates Superhero Portraits by Splashing Milk on Naked Models (NSFW)

Mar 20, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

Photographer Creates Superhero Portraits by Splashing Milk on Naked Models (NSFW)

Mar 20, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz made quite a splash with his Milky Pin-Ups, and following that success he decided to create another series called Splash Heroes.

Using the same techniques of high-speed photography and expertly splashed milk, Jaroslav created an outstanding series of photos which he used to make a calendar (sold out in days).

Jaroslav was kind enough to share a lot of information regarding this project, including his gear, lighting setup, work process and plenty of behind-the-scenes footage.

Miss January – Brooke Lynette
Miss January – Brooke Lynette

Inspired by a series of action shots where he used blue and red colored milk, Jaroslav decided to continue exploring colors in liquids. The milk-splashing guru took the dairy clothing in this project a step further by using food coloring to obtain a variety of colors.

“This time we wanted to make a very relaxed and colourful series… simply, something really cool!”, said Jaroslav, and I’d say they definitely succeeded.

Miss February – Jay Jessop
Miss February – Jay Jessop

Jaroslav explains how he came up with the heroes concept and why he didn’t use celebrities in his photos:

“We often hear from people that if you have a great idea you should try to get celebrities on set to make it really special…

I remembered that advice soon after the Bamboo Forest shoot when I was giving a seminar in California. Afterwards we met with our producers actor friends in Hollywood and we were visiting their place, we entered a special room with a great display wall full of fantastic action figures.
When he was showing them to us, I saw what passion he had and in that instant moment it was clear to me what we would do for our next project.

And as you probably know… you don’t need celebrities in your work… go for concepts that people are passionate about including these well known!

So this year’s calendar is our personal tribute and a milky parody of the heroes genre!”

Miss March – Iga Wyrwal
Miss March – Iga Wyrwal

Each photo was created by splashing specially colored milk on different areas of the model’s body, in order to create specific shapes required for the illustrations. Once Jaroslav had the needed splashes, sometimes requiring up to 1,000 photos per model, he combined hundreds of layers in post-processing to create the perfect costumes seen in the final images.

The messy project took five intensive days to photograph with accomplishing specific shapes being the biggest challenge. In one of the videos below you will see how getting a naked model to stay still as you splash cold milk on her can also be quite challenging.

Miss April – Vicky Burns
Miss April – Vicky Burns

Gear wise Jaroslav and his team used the following:

You can see the exact setup in the lighting and setup diagrams below:

Lighting diagram for the shape
Lighting diagram for the shape
and for the colors
and for the colors

For more info regarding the setup and lighting, including an animated diagram, watch this video:

For an even more in-depth look at how these photos were captured and processed make sure you watch the second video as well. This BTS video was filmed for a German TV show and reveals some of Jaroslav’s tricks and techniques as well as shares a lot of valuable information about the shoot.

In it Jaroslav explains why he prefers colored milk over paint, why the milk has to be cold and why he does the splashing himslef while his assistant takes the photos. The video also clearly shows the advantages of working with an experienced model and how this can make or break your shoot. By the end of it you will understand why a single signed print sells for almost $3,000.

As mentioned the calendar is already sold out, but Jaroslav told DIYP they will be bringing the Splash Heroes back in large poster prints in a couple of weeks. They will be available at this link.

Jaroslav and his team will also be touring the USA with the AurumLight Milk Workshop this autumn.

You can keep track of Jaroslav and his work on his website, Facebook page or Twitter.

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Miss May – Vicky Burns
Miss May – Vicky Burns
Miss June – Jay Jessop
Miss June – Jay Jessop
Miss July – Tamar Leek
Miss July – Tamar Leek
Miss September – Kate Austin
Miss September – Kate Austin
Miss October – Bellalatina Vivo
Miss October – Bellalatina Vivo
Miss November – Gilda Palas
Miss November – Gilda Palas
Miss December – Jay Jessop
Miss December – Jay Jessop

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Liron Samuels

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Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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13 responses to “Photographer Creates Superhero Portraits by Splashing Milk on Naked Models (NSFW)”

  1. drongo Avatar
    drongo

    HMM.. seems like it was mostly a photoshop project, clearly loads of reshaping, distorting, cloning going on there… for some reason they dont show any milk throwing.. hmm i wonder why.. i am SOOOOO bored of people taking “milk” pictures. jeez guys, get a grip, “weve discovered high speed photography!!” well done guys!!!! maybe try a double exposure next!!!! wohoo hipsters!

    1. theSUBVERSIVE Avatar
      theSUBVERSIVE

      But they do show them throwing milk, a whole video just focused on that. Didn’t you read and watch the whole thing before making a comment? The idea may not be very original but the video of the process was interesting and somehow you missed it and made this comment.

  2. zalex8783 Avatar
    zalex8783

    Amazing speed photography…

  3. Léronki Leonard Avatar
    Léronki Leonard

    Very interesting.

  4. Maja Galezowska Avatar
    Maja Galezowska

    amazing!

  5. Jefferson L. Morriss Avatar
    Jefferson L. Morriss

    Can we stop being impressed by a photographer(s) who is “innovative” with naked models?

  6. JP Danko Avatar
    JP Danko

    One of my favorite photography projects of all time. Everything about it is just killer – from the concept that pretty much guarantees commercial success, to the originality of the work that grabs your attention and ramps up the value of the work, to the flawless execution – right down to the creative interpretation of the costumes and casting. And how awesome is it that we get behind the scenes video too.

  7. Guy With-camera Avatar
    Guy With-camera

    yep…..done with alien bees einsteins….lot of liquid throwing and photoshop warping….dont hate because they had the skill, time, patience , models and equipment to do this….hmmm…can this be done with some arri L10 D’s with an a7s? (no silly strobes)?…..hmmmmmmm.

  8. Michael Groah Avatar
    Michael Groah

    I don’t understand why is NSFW they are obviously not showing more then a comic book would. ..

    1. gregersn Avatar
      gregersn

      Do you read comic books at work?

  9. xxx Avatar
    xxx

    Cool Renders or waste of photographer time ?

  10. joe_average Avatar
    joe_average

    wow, no one crying (yet) over spilt milk, but dumping honey over models kills bees? imho, these are very cool and beautiful.

    https://www.diyphotography.net/photographer-covers-models-in-honey-to-create-stunning-preservation-portrait-series-nsfw/