Jade Daniel Sambrook’s Surprise Photo Shoot of a Naked Woman

Photography of a nude woman by Jade Daniel Sambrook using a Pentax K10d

Focal Length: 70mm
Exposure: 1/90 sec; f/5.6; ISO 400
Metering: Centre Weighted Average
Flash: No

Photo Owner: Jade Daniel Sambrook
Camera: Pentax K10D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro

Nude photography of a woman. Every man’s dream, right? Okay, maybe not every man’s dream, but it is probably safe to say most. When I first started out with photography as a passion and hobby, I definitely had a thirst for doing a fine art nude photo shoot.

Actually, it was on my mind more often than not. I would ask myself what the point was in having a bunch of expensive cameras and photography gear if I couldn’t use it in a room full of naked women. I know, Jade Daniel Sambrook is a dreamer! And maybe a little perverted to boot! Actually maybe even a lot!

Truth is though, since I was a teenager full of those raging hormones I would imagine how cool it must be to be a photographer for Playboy magazine. Now that I am a bit older though, I realize that photography has many areas of discipline covering diverse subjects – and that all of them are just about as equally great. In other words macro photography of ants and water drops on flowers is as interesting as event or portrait photography.

Being dedicated solely to fine art nude photography is obviously a choice, and a challenge as well. There is much artistic value to portraying the curves and lines of a nude woman – or a naked man for that matter – but you have to get it right! You have to portray them in their best light. You have to be able to hide their weaknesses while highlighting their best features. Nobody wants to look bad in a photo – especially when they are naked!

Now about the photo in this blog post. I was at a corn roast held annually at a local neighbourhood bar to thank its loyal customers. Naturally I brought my DSLR camera in order to take photos of people gnawing at their corn on the cob. Seriously though, I would bring my camera everywhere I’d go. Simply put, you just never know what might happen and what photo opportunities you might miss if you are not carrying your camera.

At one point in the evening a couple of ladies asked me to follow them into the back alley that was behind the bar, telling me that they had a surprise for me. I duly followed, curious as to what the surprise could be. Once outside they both dropped their pants exposing their bare bums to my surprised eyes. I quickly raised the camera to snap a quick photo, and before I had any time to properly focus the lens their pants were already back up.

One of the two ladies then asked me to follow her a little further down the alley where a sitting bench was conveniently located. She told me that I could take a photo of her naked, but that I would have to do it very quickly since we were essentially in a public place and therefore we did not want to draw any unneeded attention. As you may know, being naked in public in Canada is illegal.

She laid down on the bench and I snapped a few shots. Then it was over. Now I always found that my Pentax k10d performed very poorly in low light, and that anytime the ISO was set to 800 or above that there would be a lot of noise in the photo. I therefore pretty much always kept the ISO to 400 and below, as was the case in this photo taken in a dark back alley late at night.

And there I was – thirsty for more – after having been given a surprise opportunity at an impromptu nude photo shoot. It was my first experience with nude photography. It was rushed and expedited, and in consequence the photos did not come out as sharp as I would have liked. But I’m still happy that I was given the opportunity. And yes I’m still thirsty for more! That is why like I said earlier, I think it’s important to always have a camera on you as you never know what might happen and what photo opportunities you might miss if you are not carrying one.

In the end, I went to take photos of people eating corn on the cob, and I came out with a little more than what I had bargained for: a surprise photo shoot of a naked woman.

Jade Daniel Sambrook Returns to the Piknic with a Kilt and an iPhone 6

Jade Daniel Sambrook poses for a photo with friends at the 2015 Piknic Electronik in Montreal

Focal Length: 4mm
Exposure: 1/1130 sec; f/2.2; ISO 32
Metering: Pattern
Flash: No

Photo Owner: Jade Daniel Sambrook
Camera & Lens: Apple iPhone 6

The last time that Jade Daniel Sambrook had been to the Piknic Electronik in Montreal was in 2007. Since I had moved to Ottawa in 2008 it was much harder to attend each and every weekend – as use to be the case. Actually to be truthful, I did check-in briefly in both 2010 and 2011, but only for really short visits in order to showcase it to some friends who were visiting the city with me.

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The closest I’ve ever been to the President of the United States

Not long after being elected President of the United States, Barrack Obama made his first official foreign visit to Canada. This was no surprise, as the first foreign trip of a newly elected President is often to Canada. In fact, it has become somewhat of a tradition in the relationship between these two neighbouring countries.

It was February 19, 2009, and it was a cold winter day in Ottawa much like the cold winter day of the President’s inauguration only one month prior.

For Jade Sambrook there was no debate as to whether this event should be attended to with a camera in hand.

The motorcade arrived on Parliament Hill, and surprisingly the presidential limousine, otherwise known as ”the beast”, was able to fit under the Peace Tower archway. If you’ve ever visited Parliament and seen the Peace Tower archway then you know just how narrow it is.

President Barrack Obama arrives on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on February 19, 2009, for his first official foreign visit. Photo by Jade Sambrook.

Focal Length: 63mm
Exposure: 1/250 sec; f/9; ISO 400
Metering: Pattern
Flash: No

Photo by: Jade Daniel Sambrook
Camera: Pentax K10D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro

President Obama was received by Prime Minister Stephen Harper behind a temporary bullet proof glass that had been installed specifically for the occasion. Both leaders waved to the crowd and proceeded to enter the Canadian Parliament.

Flanked by bullet proof glass, US President Barrack Obama leads his host, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, into the Parliament building on February 19, 2009. Photo by Jade Sambrook.

Focal Length: 260mm
Exposure: 1/160 sec; f/5.6; ISO 400
Metering: Pattern
Flash: No

Photo by: Jade Daniel Sambrook
Camera: Pentax K10D
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro

A few hours later, when President Obama was on his way out of the parliamentary precinct, I was able to shoot a photo of him waving at the crowd from the back seat of the beast. Unfortunately there was a light snow and so the picture is blurred by specks of snow fall, but, I was fortunately able to capture this one moment, where I was as close to the most powerful man of the world as I may ever be.

President Barrack Obama waves to the crowd from 'the beast' as he leaves Parliament Hill in Ottawa after making his first official foreign visit to Canada. Photo by Jade Sambrook.

Focal Length: 63mm
Exposure: 1/320 sec; f/10; ISO 400
Metering: Pattern
Flash: No

Photo by: Jade Daniel Sambrook
Camera: Pentax K10D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro

Jade Sambrook Photo of the Bar Top Dance

Women dancing on the bar at Le Diable Vert in Montreal, including Marie-Pier Morin

Focal Length: 28mm
Exposure: 1/20 sec; f/4; ISO 800
Metering: Spot metering
Flash: Yes

Photo by: Jade Daniel Sambrook
Camera: Pentax K10D
Lens: Sigma 18-50mm f/3.5-5.6 DC

Le Diable Vert was a popular bar to go to in my younger twenties. Located at the corner of St-Denis and Mont Royal Streets in Montreal, Jade Sambrook and friends would often end-up there on a Friday night for some typical drinking and dancing.

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The Official Portrait of my Cat

Portrait of Mario the cat by Jade Daniel Sambrook

Focal Length: 50mm
Exposure: 1/60 sec; f/2.8; ISO 400
Metering: Pattern
Flash: Yes

Photo by: Jade Daniel Sambrook
Camera: Pentax K10D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro

The late Mario the cat was an awesome subject to help me improve my photography skills. In fact, using a feline as a model can be quite a challenge compared to using an actual person because cats simply don’t listen to direction very well. It’s like using a top model who has such a big ego that they feel they can do as they please, look in any direction they want and take a break from posing without notice.

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Jade Daniel Sambrook’s Piknic Electronik Photography Experience

A photo by Jade Daniel Sambrook of a woman dancing at the Montreal Piknic Electronik in 2007
A woman dancing at the Montreal Piknic Electronik in 2007

Focal Length: 70mm
Exposure: 1/320 sec; f/4; ISO 400
Metering: Pattern
Flash: No

Photo by: Jade Daniel Sambrook
Camera: Pentax K10D
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro

After getting my first digital SLR camera in 2007, I would often find myself bringing it with me to the Piknic Electronik where I was able to practice my photography skills. As you may know, the Montreal Piknic Electronik takes place at the Jean-Drapeau Parc every Sunday from 2PM until 10PM from May to September.

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