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 for Feeling Light-headed from 1st CAPA International Salon of Photography 2014, Taiwan.
It was time to put the bomb in real use and make pictures with it. I had seen this nice rugged wooden box near the camera club studio so instead of making this picture at home I headed there. I used my favourite lighting setup again but this time with a little fill from the below. JP’s electronic cigar worked as a smoke machine once again.
I have a photo idea where I need a bomb. You know the group of dynamite bars with a timer device where you can wonder which wire to cut and do that in a last second. Well James Bond is quicker and usually has 0:07 on the clock when the bomb is disarmed… I made the bars from a broom stick and some wrapping paper. I also needed some glue, tape and old non functional dvr where I ripped circuit boards. One circuit board had a display on it so it was perfect for the project.
I have wanted to try this phlearn tutorial about black eyes so I took one left over picture from ‘the game’ shoot. Eyes were easy and looked good. I was aiming for scifi theme so I made the skin pretty white and added some cracks to the outer ‘shell’. I made the lines with Inkscape and imported them to photoshop. Vector drawing program was more suited for that kind of job. I used liquify in photoshop to modify the lines more to the body shape.
I guess it was my turn to try a business portrait. Local camera club theme for this month is ‘Dark Side’ so I guess this business theme suites it well. If you ask me the dark side here is from the neck down. During the shoot we went from four light setup to one light setup and finally to this two light setup that we though worked best for this picture. As a Slipknot fan I thought that mask was not good enough as it is and I added 10cm nail mohawk to it.
I got smoke images from the last visit to camera club studio so I though I’ll use them for something. I was in a local super market and bought some chilis. It was actually pretty mild and the tip were there are no seeds tasted like paprika. Well it worked as a prop.
Got this idea of a series of images when I was walking to a studio for an another shoot. I wanted to play with graphical elements and strong contrast with this series. Lighting setup for the images was simple 60x90cm softbox on top and reflector at the bottom. Images with white background had another bare flash behind the model to light the background.
Half way editing this haunted house image I started thinking why I chose my own head as the haunted house. I think Freud might find something here… This image started as a pencil drawing and then I just used my old images to get it to together. Chimney I didn’t have in my photos so I draw it to the image.