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Sometimes I JUST DON'T GET IT! Unlike some of the idiots who manage to get their photo sets published on Met-Art despite being lousy photographers, Matiss is a true professional and quite an artist; his overall body of work has proven that. This set is definitely NOT part of that proving, however.

As a photographer, myself, I know that one of the FIRST things photographers are taught is that the best times to shoot outdoors are during "the golden hours," from as soon as it's light enough to get a decent exposure in the morning until an hour or so after sunrise, and from about an hour before sunset until as late as you can get a usable exposure. Shooting later in the day always comes with "caveats," and shooting near noon is considered the worst time of all because of the HARSH LIGHTING of the noon sun...

Looking at the shadows coming from Erica in this shoot, it's obvious she was shot very close to noon, as the shadows are short and sharp. I'm using Photo No. 37 for reference. In that photo, she's sitting near the edge of the beach, on the towel, leaning back slightly and to the left a bit, with her head leaning a bit more to the left. Her right leg is under her body and her left leg is turned to the left, on the towel. Her right hand is on her right knee and her left hand is on her left knee. Except for the top of her left leg, her left hand and part of her right hand and knee, almost all the rest of her visible in the picture is IN THE SHADE (you can also see the very SHARP shadow below her left leg, proving it's close to noon). So then why is she squinting so if her face is in shadows? Well -- and again this is one of the big issues with shooting in such bright, harsh light. In order to get a decent exposure of HER, with her face and body in shadow, SHE had to be lit independently. That could be done with fill flash, but a lot of on-location pros don't like to use fill-flash for various reasons (partly snobbery, partly aesthetics -- personally I have no issues with fill flash). What most do, instead, is they use REFLECTIVE fill. In all likelihood Matiss had one or more (sometimes as many as three or more) assistants beside or behind him holding up HUGE fill reflectors that reflected the sunlight BACK onto Erica's body and face in order for him to get the exposure he wanted or needed for his photographs. Of course for HER, such reflections (especially if he was using the popular SILVER reflectors -- which look like aluminum foil) would have been almost as bad as if she'd been almost directly facing the sun, thus she had to SQUINT.

Solve the problem? DON'T SHOOT AT HIGH NOON! If you HAVE TO for some reason, FIND SOME SHADE, or MAKE SOME SHADE (that can often be done almost as easily as having several assistants hold huge reflectors by simply erecting a similar shade barrier ABOVE/BEHIND the model if there are no suitable trees, etc., nearby. Future shoots by Matiss of Erica made up for this one -- especially the one shot 1-19-15 -- but GEESH, sometimes I really just have to wonder what a photographer was thinking...

Then again, maybe THE MODEL was four hours late, or one of them had a flat tire, or something? Yaneverknow... Also, it was her FIRST shoot (at least for Met-Art, it was... no idea if it was her first NUDE shoot, or not), and the ENTIRE SHOOT was nude. No idea if they spent hours working that out... "do we do a strip shoot? do we start nude? am I comfortable with this getting totally nude? oh what the heck, let's just go nude from the start and get it over with!" (Matiss, under his breath -- "FINALLY! NOW THAT I'VE LOST THE LIGHT!") These are the sort of things we may all just never know. Heck, maybe he finished the whole shoot and then a passing sea gull stole his camera and dropped in in the ocean the first time around? We just don't know. (Some birds WILL steal shiny stuff if they can!)

I'm just thankful there've been 13 more shoots of Erica since! (and counting, I hope!)

Need a lot more of this baby-doll!!!

Beautiful exciting girl. Fantastic body. Poor quality photos! Overexposed and blurry!

Erica = PERFECTION. Enough said.

Why so many poorly focused, overexposed, backlit and overexposed shots. Good god almighty. Who needs Photoshop when you can blur your model's attributes with camera shake?

When an audience is distracted from appreciating an obviously gorgeous model by some photographer's dubious camera technique one can conclude that the photographer is NOT an artist, notwithstanding his beliefs or assertions.

I wish you had had better depth of field Matiss.

In closer review of the Photos Matise you shot when there was way too much sun. Even Erica needed to have her eyes closed. You need to do another set with Erica to do her and you justice. I'm always excited when I see the name Matiss on photo set. I guess even the great ones have a bad day sometimes.

You call THIS set a "bad day" ??

So beautiful! So feminine!

Just heavenly beauty, Erica.

Gorgeous photography, too.

Awesome set.

Just awesome!


Keep on bringing such gorgeous girls MetArt! :D

By the way, the setting is breathtaking.

I love seeing the sunshine beaming down on a beautiful bare ass

Pic 52 is an amazing example.

What a shot!

I don't think I have ever wanted to be a butterfly.
Thank you Erica B and Matiss.

Harsh light but the sight of Erica's luscious rear more than makes up for the technical shortcomings. Great debut.

The first thing I noticed about lovely Erica was her smile; and then how often she was squinting. Maybe the next time Matiss will position her better, or the day will be overcast, or the set will be shot indoors, or . . . I hope we see Erica's camel toe, love handles, great derriere and downy hair regularly for quite some time. Welcome Erica and thank you Matiss.

Erica is a firm favourite from the her debut set. Erica seems to be quite comfortable in front of the camera and it shows in a great set of pictures. I like the lighting and poses in this set. More Erica soon please.

Welcome gorgeous Erica! You are ravishingly lovely, with your pretty face, perfect breasts, and that luscious smooth, sweet pussy. Those butterflies are really nifty! Come back soon xx

In her debut set for MetArt, the delectable Erica emerges victorious from an extraneous flock of fake butterflies. Like all good Ukrainian lasses she is beautiful and desirable, with a pussy and tush that are the stuff of dreams. Come back soon, angel.

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