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 =)

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