Guns and Roses

Inspired by Tattoos

I started to wonder how tattoos would look like if they were photographs. I took some common objects found in tattoos to the camera club studio. Skull, rose, gun, noose, heart & tophat. JP joined me and we both took photos of these items to see how different our final pictures would be from the same subjects. Fleur-de-lis can be found from unicode (U+269C ) and I used it as a base for the background. I made a photoshop pattern from it and used it with textures and adjustment layers to get the final background.

Party On/Off

Party On/Off

Although it’s pouring snow it’s Vappu time in Finland so I made before and after party image to celebrate it. There was quite a lot party junk in the local super market so I picked some for these images. After goofing off at the front of the camera I selected these two for the series. At the post processing stage I exaggerated thumbs up hand (x 150%) and added some blood veins to the eyes.

PSA HM

This is Life

PSA HM for Mood Dial from This is Life 2015, Finland.

Mr. White

Mr. White

To complement with the Mr. Black image I wanted to do really light image. I painted my head and hands with skin paint and used white for everything. To the milk I added some food coloring to add some color to the picture. I was going to turn it more red in post processing but I left it pink after all. I made some faces during shoot and in post processing stage it started to feel that this might work as a triptych. Post processing was otherwise simple, just some cleaning and dodging & burning.

Salon HM

3RD GREEK PHOTOGRAPHIC CIRCUIT

Salon HM for The Army of Unknowns from 3rd Greek Photographic Circuit – Santorini 2015, Greece.

Mr. Black

Mr. Black

The idea was to make portrait that is almost black so the white pocket square just pops out. JP was once again helping me and worked also as a model. We didn’t have proper handkerchief so we ended up making it from paper. Black mask is a helmet hood backwards and it worked well. Lighting setup was new to me and we were looking for a really subtle light. I was surprised how small light movements were. Turning light just 15 degrees and it didn’t work at all anymore.

Post processing was pretty simple. I added a bit of texture and vignette to the background and removed all the dust spots. Pocket square was a bit too papery so I removed some wrinkles and added linen texture to it. Last I added color toning using color balance.

Melancholy

Melancholy

That jar have been on our window sill for a long time. It has small flower or something stuck inside and I have wondered if that could be an image. This morning I took my macro lens and took a picture of it and found one of my old self portraits which I blurred to get a human shape. It looks like heavily textured image but this time the texture was the actual image.

Ice Queen

Ice Queen

Me and JP had a photoshoot last sunday. My wife’s sister asked me earlier to get some photographs of her and her horse. She likes fantasy themes so I edited a couple of photos to that direction. We ended up using just natural light which was pretty varying but sun was getting pretty low so we got some nice light. I noticed once again that natural light is much harder to work with than studio lights.

Salon HM

1st CAPA International Salon of Photography

Salon HM for Feeling Light-headed from 1st CAPA International Salon of Photography 2014, Taiwan.