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the yellow rubber guard ducky

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 3 August 2010 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

a very tired model August - takes a big yawn after a long days shoot (just in time for our silly Tuesday). The ever vigilant yellow rubber guard ducky is alert - making sure that August's bubbly bath is not disturbed.

Tomorrow - a fine art nude image with the fair August from this day's shoot.

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

The ducks on on guard, nice one

3 Aug 2010 5:14am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

You composed very well the elements here. I'm admired you could take this photo from this angle :)
I like very much these tub photos!

3 Aug 2010 6:34am

@Paco Díaz: Thanks, Francisco. I'll try to post some more at some point. Have a silly Tuesday my friend...

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

What a framing ! This shot is awesome

3 Aug 2010 7:54am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

funny angle

3 Aug 2010 8:07am

Marie LC from France

But where were you climbed to make this image in dive??? Funny!

3 Aug 2010 8:12am

@Marie LC: What? You didn't know I can fly?

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

I can't imagine how you got up there.

3 Aug 2010 11:45am

@Viewfinder: Wings ?

Phil David Alexander Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Talk about invading your privacy, wonderful capture , ducky included.

3 Aug 2010 12:56pm

@Phil David Alexander Morris: Ah, you’ve discovered the wonders of my highly advanced and never to be patented CeilingCam ! Always beware of someone with a ladder who has you sign a model release as he hands you your towels. Have a very silly Tuesday, Phil.

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Amazing viewpoint and angle, what did you support/suspend the camera on?

3 Aug 2010 3:48pm

@Curly: Sorry, Curly - on the advice of counsel - I am not to say anything which discloses or in any way reveals that today is silly Tuesday.

jlm from Västerås, Sweden

Haha, cheers on that funny shot, perfect expression on the model.

3 Aug 2010 5:06pm

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Ah, the guard ducky couldn't protect her from the sneaky camera....but, then, there was that model release so you're safe, eh? Poor sleepy model ! Great ST shot.

3 Aug 2010 6:15pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Personally I think it's fake :-)
Just kidding of course - a great perspective and, oh, what a little duct tape and remote shutter release can do eh?

3 Aug 2010 6:28pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

PS - Nice tile

3 Aug 2010 6:29pm

k@ from Paris, France

Oh great angle ! I tried this with my nieces (not posted yet), sure not the same result ;) Reminds me Whoopi Goldberg in her bath of milk, by Annie Lebovitz. Did you stick your cam up there ? Stunning ! Love that she yawns, that the cherry over... the bubbles !

3 Aug 2010 7:02pm

@k@: Hi Karine, okay - I guess it is time to come clean. (pun intended) - I mentioned early on to beware of a guy, "...carrying a ladder..." - That was me up there with the camera. This wall of brick glass stopped three feet short of the ceiling, allowing this wonderful angle.

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

I agree with Alun, a duck guard with modesty as it is looking the other way!!!

3 Aug 2010 7:13pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

Ah yes - so tired and that ducky has his eye out all right! Love the pov on this.

3 Aug 2010 7:56pm

The MaJor from TM HooD, Iran

hahaha..yea..happy St

3 Aug 2010 8:01pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Were you in the ceiling?:-)

3 Aug 2010 9:27pm

@sherri: The camera, the ceiling, and the photographer; we are as one.

k@ from Paris, France

Hey, thanks a lot, you magician, to reveal your talents ! I'll sleep better now ;) Thanks, seriously & have a great afternoon, dear*

3 Aug 2010 9:46pm

@k@: ( ...only for you, m'dear- don't tell anyone... )

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

What a bizarre PoV . .

3 Aug 2010 9:51pm

@Ronnie 2¢: Ronnie 2¢ accusing me of a bizarre PoV ?!? - - - - I am honored, thank you.

Liang from San Francisco, United States

haha yes models deserve their rest too. nice shot from upward! i wonder how you got the cam all the way up there...

4 Aug 2010 12:26am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

I have been scratching my head wondering how you got this. My best guess is a step ladder? Check that , just read your comment to k@. Now I don't feel like such a dork for traveling around with a ladder in my car. Fantastic image.

4 Aug 2010 2:05am

@Ralph Jones: Ralph! Now you have me scratching my head. You are famous for your low shots - I would have figured you do be packing an 'anti-step' ladder.

willow from Chelsea, United States

Rubber Ducky, you're the one! Very interesting perspective for a shot.

4 Aug 2010 2:07am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(Old West Wales boy), Germany

Taken by the "spy in the sky" :-)

4 Aug 2010 6:53am

rem_la from Villiers, France

heureusement que le cannard est la pour surveiller la porte !

4 Aug 2010 11:34am

Russ Devan from New Hanover, United States

Great angle of view, Stephen. I figured you used either a ladder or you pulled a Joe McNally and mounted the camera on a bracket at ceiling level and fired it remotely from below. Either way, it's a great shot. I'm just curious how you lit this. Natural window light? Softbox?

4 Aug 2010 1:31pm

@Russ Devan: Well, Russ if you'd poked around you would have discovered that this was pretty straight forward. The glass bricks stop about 3 feet short of the high ceiling and I was upon a foot stool. This was available light - custom light balance as there were different color sources. Canon 5D w/ Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L - ISO 200 - at 23mm - f/5.6 - 1/80th sec. - - - and now you know.

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

what a cool title, you funny man ;))) amazing POV . HOw did you take this shot ? In a mirror ?

4 Aug 2010 2:43pm

@MARIANA: A ladder in a really interesting bathroom.

Céline from New York City, United States

Nice angle !

4 Aug 2010 5:28pm

Susan from Pompano Beach, FL, USA from Pompano Beach, United States

What some people go thru, to "get the shot" !!! Nice job !!!

5 Aug 2010 1:59pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

How did you manage that!!!

21 Aug 2010 5:53am

@Magda: I am surprised that you, Magda - being among the most resourceful of photographers would be surprised by my resourcefulness. The answer is a step-ladder and the fact that the glass brick wall ends three feet below the high ceiling. And now you know. (please don't tell anyone)

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

hahaha well... the glass brick wall is the key! I won't tell anyone! ;)

21 Aug 2010 7:21pm