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March 20, 2015 Gimme Shelter – Rolling Stones Fine Art Piece Posted In: Rolling Stones

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Music to Life Song of the Week: Gimme Shelter by the Rolling Stones

I love classic rock, and you can’t get more classic rock than the Rolling Stones. I first heard this song in a movie, I forgot which, a few years ago, and it has been in my Classic Rock playlist ever since. I shot with Tasara Vega, a fellow photographer, in studio and we shot a few different concepts with another photographer, Laura Ludwig. I love working with other photographers and collaborating. I often times find that I create my best work when working with my peers.

girl in cloak with lantern in dark forest fine art

How I Shot this Fine Art Image


It’s not often where I photoshop a totally different dress over a model, but in this case I had to in order to utilize the cloak and hood effectively. The biggest things when compositing is to make sure the lighting is all consistent. So I searched for a stock image of a dress that showcased the vibe that I was looking for and one that had a similar lighting setup to the original image. This is a single light set up, which is provided by a small flash that I placed inside the lantern. The lantern diffused the light quite nicely and I loved how it looked.

behind the scenes image of before and after conceptual shoot in forest

Play “Gimme Shelter”

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Gimme Shelter by the Rolling Stones

Tasara Vega

Hair/Make Up:
Rosa Gutierez

Canon 5D Mark III

Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art

1/200 sec; f/2.5; iso 100



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Jimmy Bui

I am a wedding and conceptual portrait photographer based in Southern California. When I'm not shooting weddings, or planning my next weekly photo for my Music to Life series, you may find me at Disneyland or the zoo spending time with my beautiful wife and daughter.
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