30. juli 2013

Tuesday workshop, session 6: Dreams

This workshop was centered around a basic idea of dreams.

Now, that is a pretty wide subject really, and can probably be a bit hard as well.
-    How do you communicate that a person is in a dream, or if a scene is from a dream?

Well, I opted to create a "dreamy" atmosphere and use the forest as a backdrop, could have used some kind of flying element or some surreal element/situation, but the time is limited in these workshops so...

This time, I teamed up with yet another new person, mysteriously named Kristelle -X10n. We've not worked together before. She's well known in the workshop group though and has done a great deal of shoots before with the other photographers there.

We met up at Sognsvann in Oslo and chatted a bit around ideas and concepts, before heading into the forest and shoot the first ideas.

Basically, I landed on a "dreamy/romantic" forest setting, with a dreamily posed and processed look, as a red line trough the shoot itself.

Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 70-200 F2.8 IS L
Off-camera speedlight.

Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 70-200 F2.8 IS L
Off-camera speedlight.

Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 70-200 F2.8 IS L
Off-camera speedlight.

We also went to another location, where Kristelle used a special kind of gymnastic-tissue(??), which she used, to create some acrobatic and cool poses in a tree.

Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 70-200 F2.8 IS L
Off-camera speedlight.

Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 70-200 F2.8 IS L
Off-camera speedlight.

Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 70-200 F2.8 IS L
Off-camera speedlight.
  Very impressive how she did that.
- I've seen something like that before on TV, never in real life, very cool ^^

Although climbing around in this tissue, demands body control and good fitness, she looks very relaxed and in control. ^^

For both settings, I decided to use a very similar processing technique.

First and foremost, I created the "forest mist" and sunshine streaks trough the threes. This was done with a simple soft-light white layer and a glow-layer, created from existing light sources and then altered to flow in the correct direction as the original light.

Secondly, I created some "summer snow" particles with specialized brushes, this gives the impression of flying insects and various wind-born seeds you can sometimes see.

A final alteration of color, contrast, clarity and saturation was done in the end, creating the slightly mystical feel, as dreams tend to be and also some dark b/w variants.

We had some other cool ideas as well, where the subject is more of a surreal kind, but due to time limitations, we had to round off the shoot and save those ideas for another time. :)

Did we hit the mark on the subject matter?
I think so, to a certain extent, especially with the tissue ones, perhaps a more surreal situation would have been even more dreamy, but then again, we can always visit this subject again at another time. :)

Very nice person to work with and hope to do more stuff with Kristelle -X10n =)

22. juli 2013

Tuesday workshop, session 4: Abstract


Summer vacation is over and done with, time for some blogging!

I left you with a cliffhanger about the workshops at Tirsdagsklubben , theme for my workshop number 4, was "Abstract".

Well, this was indeed a tough one!
I thought long and hard on what to do, but couldn't really come up with any good ideas, even after days of pondering.....panic! =)

I got one idea though, but it was a bit hit and miss how successful it would be.
I teamed up with Lene W for this, our first shoot.

We hooked up at studio B-17 Tuesday afternoon and I tried out a few ideas.

Sadly, I found only one(!) shot which made the cut (tried various stuff, like shadow-play and some stuff with a cloth, which didn't work very well).
I'd like to point out that this wasn't related to Lene's performance in any way (she did a nice job), it was just your basic, average shitty creative process by yours truly that wasn't able to produce the good stuff. =)

Anyway, this is the shot ^^

I call it "The girl in the smoke"

Girl in the smoke
Canon 5d mk III with Canon 24-105 F4 L
Model: Lene W
The process to make this one is a bit complicated, as it is a merge between 4 photos and some trickery in between.

Anyway, when one disregard my failed creative process, I think the final shot came out really great.
You need to look at it for a while to see it, and when you do, it's still a pretty good merge between smoke and shapes, which indeed is, an abstraction of the model. =)

The next workshop, themed "Supernatural beings" went much better, me and Lene teamed up again for this one. Her idea was "Veela" and we shot that on location on a nice afternoon in early June.

Also upcoming, is a shoot I had with Cris S in June, it has barbie-fun as one of many different settings.

I am also going to post from Workshop 6, themed "Dreams" with a new model; Kristelle -X10n, a Mermaid TFP-shoot with Lene W and later, the shots from the final workshop number 7, themed "Cosplay", which was finalized last Wednesday.

Stay tuned :)