2013. március 6., szerda

25/52 Black Swan

This week’s image was a bit more work than usual. For instance, just folding those darn paper birds took more than two hours! Plus I built a new backdrop, I wrote a whole blogpost about that (check it out here: http://gorkaphoto.blogspot.hu/2013/03/how-to-build-cheap-photo-background.html), rearranged my room and laughed more than an hour with my sister before we got a usable image. I think it was worth it…

First of all I had to drill holes into my ceiling, suspend my new background (this included stealing my parent’s bedcover beforehand) and set up a spider web of ropes. Then I made about 30 paper birds, putting string through all of them, only to end up using only half the amount. I suspended the birds very carefully, even if it looks random, I was constantly checking my viewfinder to check if I was filling out the space well with the birds.

Lighting wise I went for something simple, a classic three light setup, a shoot through umbrella camera left as key, a reflective umbrella camera left as fill and a gridded speedlight as a hair light. I had to use all speedlights at very low power, since I was shooting F1.8.

The shoot itself was one of the funniest ones I ever did… There were so many unusable but funny images, half the time we were just rolling on the ground laughing about the faces Zsófi managed to pull. So after more than a hundred images, and about an hour of laughing we had our final image.

Don't let your model eat the birds... it's bad for their health

Post processing was something new, I tried to make the image a bit more retro, so I used a special curves settings, setting the red-blue-green channels separately and I also used a black and white layer and some vignetting.

Settings for the shot:
Exposure: 1/160 sec
Aperture: F1.8
ISO: 100
Focal length: 50mm
Camera: Canon 40D + EF 50mm F1.8

2 megjegyzés:

  1. Lelegzetelallito, fiatalember. I have (like most people do) always thought I have some understanding of photography, but I neved had the patience and stamina to go for such professionalism. Congrats, man.

    1. Köszönöm! Well thank you, but I'm still very far from being professional, but I'm working on it. I constantly learn new things and just have fun with it.