2013. május 2., csütörtök

35/52 An Apple a Day

This week I decided to go all surreal and weird, I don’t know why, I just felt like I needed to create this image. I was sitting around my room thinking about new photo ideas, then went to the pantry to get an apple to help the creative process and when I picked one up, “BAMM” the idea came…

Then I was toying with the idea for a few days, thinking about how to do it. I was really scared about the photoshop part (okay, GIMP for me), since I’m not a real expert in post processing, but I think I did okay in that area too.

Unusually for me I decided to do the entire shoot outside, since I can’t get a full body shot in my studio/room, it’s too small, so I headed out to the garden. I brought a ton of stuff outside, like a laptop, so I could do a quick and rough edit, just to see if the images work well together or I need to take more of them.

For the first part of the image, the shallow depth of field picture of the apple and the slice of apple I lied on the ground for about half an hour with some scissors, cutting the grass into perfect shape, then adjusted all the other things, then finally took the shot. Can you guess what the brown thing under the apple slice is? Thought not… It is a piece of a toilet paper roll.

 For the second shot I used a strobe to fill the shadows on my face, though I guess a simple reflector would have been enough. The scene itself was pretty funny, the neighbors where throwing odd glances at me from the terrace as I ran to my camera, pressed the shutter button, ran back to the rope and pulled a chair around the garden while the 40D was set to a 10 second delay.


Then my favorite part: post processing (note: I was being ironical, I absolutely HATE photoshopping). I was playing around in GIMP for about four hours and I ended up with the final image… Then noticed that I accidentally forgot to mask of a part that should have been masked off and had to do a quick patching up of the shot, luckily didn’t have to redo it.

Settings for the apple shot:
Exposure: 1/500 sec
Aperture: F2.8
ISO: 100
Focal length: 50mm
Camera: Canon 40D + EF 50mm F1.8

Settings for the shot of me:
Exposure: 1/60 sec
Aperture: F8
ISO: 100
Focal length: 28mm
Camera: Canon 40D + EF-S 17-85 IS USM

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