12. august 2013

Tuesday workshop, session 5: Supernatural beings

Oops!

Looks like I got the workshop-order mixed up a little, the Dreams workshop was number 6 for me, workshop number 5, was this one; "Supernatural beings" with Lene W. :)

- Ah well, May and June was pretty hectic, with one workshop each week + other stuff, no wonder it's a bit confusing after a while.

Anyway.
For the workshop at Twilightmodels (new name)Miss Lene had an idea about Veela (or Vila) , which is a fairy, inspired by Eastern-European folklore.

We hooked up and did a shoot in the beautiful weather at a bathing-pond close to where I live.
The sun was out, so I opted to shoot pretty late in the afternoon, so that the sun had some angle.

For all these shots, I used a single flash, balanced to the ambient light, with an umbrella .
All shots were made using my Canon 5D mk III with the Canon 70-200 F2.8 IS


Vila
Model: Lene W

Vila
Model: Lene W

Vila
Model: Lene W

Vila
Model: Lene W


Vila
Model: Lene W

Vila
Model: Lene W

Vila
Model: Lene W

Vila
Model: Lene W


The post processing on these, is actually quite simple; Only 2-3 curves adjustments + color/contrast;
1 Curve-adjustment to adjust the overall light on the model, to make her a little more ethereal and glowing.
1 Curve-adjustment to create the vignette
1 Curve-adjustment to create the tinted-effect.
Saturation and contrast

Done.

The fairy wings however, was more complicated;
It involved creating wings from scratch with a specialized brush, create depth to it, the right color and for the dragonfly-wings, alter the wings to be partly transparent, while still retaining a back-lit quality.

After that, there were 4-6 layers with various blend-modes, to obtain "color" without color (dragonfly mostly) and the correct blend against the real shot.

I ended up creating a set of multiple adjustments for one standard wing.
I then grouped everything related to the wing as a single "object", then I re-used that for all the wings, changing angles and general appearance, depending on the model angle and light quality.

- This was the only way to do it, to be able to finish this concept in time. Being a lazy programmer helps, because if you are going to use something more than once (or think you may), then make it into a shareable, reusable object. ^^

Lene did a very nice job, looking ethereal and very fairy'ish and we had a great time, even with curious promenade-walkers stopping up occasionally to check us out. :)

My personal favorites are; The shot of her sitting on a rock in the pond (mesmerizing eye-contact) and the one where she is kneeling in the forest, love the calm expression and elegant posing there. ^^

Yes! So with a little mixup in the order of things, another blog-entry is done.

I still have other subjects coming up at a later date. ^^