I was assisting JP Palmunen with sugar skull makeup themed shoot and got to take couple of shots myself. One of the shots was actually for testing lights but it was so humorous that I decided to include it in the final pictures.
Although it’s been so cold I’m not sure this can be called summer. Still after photographing mainly in studio for a long and cold winter it was time to get some fresh air for the camera in a form of couple of photo trips. With fellow photographers one of the trips headed to Botania, botanical and tropical butterfly garden that had nice selection of butterflies. I’m surely going to use those in composite images later. Parrot was photographed through a steel cage with full aperture. I handled both parrot and butterfly pictures like a portraits and replaced the backgrounds to suit more to my taste.
Continuing with the Mr Black character. This picture started as a joke but it was too fun idea not to do it for real. I guess this is the scene that happened before the courtroom picture. We tested the iPad timelapse feature during the shooting and I added some editing phases to the end to make this ‘Making Of’ -video.
I was assisting/documenting JP in the joker themed shoot. Here’s resulting time-lapse from the makeup.
FIAP Silver for No Hero from 28° Concorso Fotografico Internazionale di San Marino 2015, San Marino. As a bonus there was a 10 euro silver proof coin in the package, nice.
UPI HM for Mood Dial from 15th Malmö International Exhibition of Photographic Art 2015, Sweden.
Dystopian courtroom. Mr Black character was obvious choice for this image. We have both used this character with JP in our pictures and it is quite versatile. JP was again helping me at the studio and it took us 1½ hours to build the set. I wanted to do an image that is mainly black and grey and only the human to be sentenced has some color. I think I like images that use color sparingly in general.
I’m planning a photo of a courtroom where one of the prop I need is microphone. Another from trash to props project was needed. It turned out pretty much how I wanted and total cost was 0€ so I’m happy.
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.
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.