One From Today :: Julia


I’ve decided I’m going to start an entire personal series on fabric. I was influenced to do so from the photo above. I love moving fabric.

It’s 1:30am and I have another full day of shooting again tomorrow. The image of Julia above was shot with my D3.  Once I finished the studio work today we hit the prison location from yesterday with my new camera.  I call it the CaNikon 5z Marc Too. I am not switching but I’m not hating this camera at all either! I have a few things to say about it. Imagine that. :)

If you have been following my tweets today I’m sorry if you were expecting photos from the CaNikon. Those will hit the blog this weekend.

Cheers, Zack


  • Matt N said on March 19, 2009

    Haha, so you finally did get the mark two. I hope I can step up from my 50D to that one day.

    I cant wait to see this series, the photo above is really cool. I like how the fabric flows.

  • James said on March 19, 2009

    Love the sense of motion in the fabric and the quality of the light on/through it!

  • zack said on March 19, 2009

    @James & Matt – I am really responding to the fabric as well. The light from the front is the Alien Bee beauty dish. It is quickly becoming my favorite light modifier.


  • Broderick said on March 19, 2009

    The photo is gorgeous, I can definitely see how this would inspire you to do more with fabric. Looking forward to the 5DMKII shots!

  • Michele said on March 19, 2009

    Amazing!!! Your work blows me away.

  • Matt S. said on March 19, 2009

    Gorgeous shot! Not that I expect anything less. Was that shot gridded or a straight up beauty dish?

    My withdrawals for the critique vids is at a fever pitch.

  • Matt S. said on March 19, 2009

    Also, was the square composition a result of adding or subtracting white space? Not that it really matters, but it’s good to get an idea of what was going on in camera and in your head.

  • Craig Ferguson said on March 19, 2009

    You’re going to love the 5D mkII.

    Now this is a great shot. Beautiful lighting on the fabric and great color.

  • zack said on March 19, 2009

    @Matt S. – It is just a straight beauty dish. I really want a grid for it though. The square crop was done by adding white to a vertical composition.


  • luke said on March 20, 2009

    very nice work, looks very butterfly-ish 😉

  • Janine said on March 20, 2009

    I am in love with this image!
    I can also see why you are now inspired by fabric.
    Very graceful imgage.

  • Nathan Rodger said on March 20, 2009

    So is it a CaNikon cause you are using Nikon glass? Or……?

  • Norton Zanini said on March 20, 2009

    The fabric seems like liquid-ish, reaally nice and very soft, gives a very nice feeling to it.. and the model pleyed very well the role as an angel 😉

    I really liked the smooth gradient from top to bottom, fades really smooth.

  • Trey said on March 20, 2009


    I love the beauty dish too (on a White Lightening). I use it on all the I Am Second stuff, except I sock it. The way the light falls off at the edges is just awesome.

  • Lewicka said on March 20, 2009

    Awesome picture Zack! And I have some inspiration for your project: it is mixed media tho, but still :) check out this piece:
    and also other works by my friend Kubicki, he is good with that fabric stuff :)

  • Ilan said on March 20, 2009

    Like a butterfly…
    Awesome result, Zack, waiting to see what’s this whole CaNikon thing (from the name it’s at least 80% Nikon) :)

  • QPT said on March 20, 2009

    Love it!! The square crop really works great too.

  • Melody said on March 20, 2009

    Seriously I have been in fits of laughter today with your tweets!

    When you come out to Australia on July / August it will become my aim to get you to say CANON!


    Oops… and STUNNING image!

  • Keith said on March 20, 2009

    I love the photo, I just wish she didn’t have the flower in her hair. For me it doesn’t fit.
    Love the lighting.

  • David Burke said on March 20, 2009

    beautiful. no one rocks the cyc wall like you bro!

  • Gary Chartier said on March 20, 2009

    Amazing image!! what is tweets? In your heading you said, if you have been following my tweets, what is that…


  • Heidi Fazio said on March 20, 2009

    i love moving fabric too, stunning shot. loud laughter over the CaNikon. can’t wait to hear what you have to say about it.

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  • Tasra Dawson said on March 20, 2009

    Yep, all the good words have been used to describe the photo so I’ll just say ditto. Impressed and inspired as always.

    @Gary Chartier: “tweets” are his messages in Twitter. You gotta sign up and follow him for daily humor in bite size pieces.

  • Kenneth Theysen said on March 20, 2009

    Great picture! Can’t wait to see the rest. Once you start with the 5D Mrk II there is no turning back!!! hahahah

  • Rick Wenner said on March 20, 2009

    SICK photo Zack…love it! I almost would like to see her giving the “Rock On!” two finger hand gesture with her hands up like that. Seriously…great work man.

    Would you consider creating a tutorial or just a description on how to use certain lighting set ups, such as the beauty dish in this photo?

  • Matthew McMullen Smith said on March 20, 2009

    Very nice, been working on a whole fabric series myself but with a twist, check out the latest on my blog and the entire series sans latest (some NSFW) at Love to hear your thoughts.

  • Ghislain Leduc said on March 20, 2009

    Hey Zack, nice work! Do you do this with an assistant or just by yourself?
    Tks for the input!

  • zack said on March 20, 2009

    @Matthew M. Smith – I was going to do a series with fabric until I looked at your work. I’m going to go find something else to do now. :) That work is awesome.


  • Max said on March 20, 2009

    @Matthew M. Smith – wow. Not to just be a copycat on what Zack said, but I do agree: that is some amazing work.

    @Zack – I know you were probably goofin’, but I’m sure your fabric series would be totally different, and even if there are similarities, they’d have the Zarias touch on them, just was Matthew’s work is distinctly his own.

    This goes back to the Photo Critique with the link to Chase Jarvis’ blog. While you don’t just want to be churning out nothing but derivative work, people are going to come up with similar concepts. A lot of people shy away from that, but I don’t see why… having fresh ideas is a plus, but IMO making images that really connect with people is more important. No matter what you think of to shoot, someone’s already shot it: so shoot it the way YOU shoot it and see how it goes.

    Like Zack said in the “Passion” PC: there are only 88 keys on the piano. There is no combination of them that hasn’t been hit before. That’s no reason to stop making music!

    (sorry for the long-windedness: this is a topic that I’ve thought a lot about, both in terms of photography and music…)

  • zack said on March 20, 2009

    @Max – I agree that just because someone else is doing something amazing with an idea you have it does not mean you should ditch it altogether. You should use it as an opportunity to really try for something different. Notice I said “different” instead of “better.” At the end of the day what is “better” is subjective. “Different” can be achieved.


  • Rick Wenner said on March 20, 2009

    @Zack – Word.

  • jjp said on March 20, 2009

    the fabrics look really great in this, but the one-fingered hands and twisty elbow are kinda freaking me out…

  • danny linton said on March 20, 2009

    Zack this is amazing! I was playing with the 5d myself the other day seriously thinking of getting one myself now.

    P.S You are totaly write with “At the end of the day what is “better” is subjective. “Different” can be achieved.”

    Its in the eye of the beholder!

  • Ole M said on March 21, 2009

    Great image.. love it.
    Can’t wait to see more of your series.

  • Monika said on March 22, 2009

    Your photos are great. I added your site to my favs. Thanks :)

  • kyle said on March 23, 2009

    Zack, I am madly in love with this shot. Now I REALLY want to see your fabric series. Please don’t not do it because someone else has already done it…you’ll make it your own. That could be a great creative challenge, right?

  • Scott said on March 28, 2009

    Awesome Zak, you rock and inspire! Love your critique series, you have helped me so much, thank you.

  • Aron said on February 25, 2010

    The fabric is caught perfectly with the light…AMAZING

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