It was 3am and I couldn't sleep - most likely due to the mass caffeine doses required by my honours thesis (marine bio.) Strangely enough I couldnt get a photo out of mind. I imagined a guy dressed like Charlie Chaplin running and dancing across the pool bottom - Strange, I know
anyway, I managed to find a willing victim ( Mike, a mate from uni.) We went shopping for the goods.
First item : White Gloves
This was the hardest. We went into a bridal shop, a porn shop and a lingerie shop. The porn guy gave us a weird look when 2 big guys walked in and asked for white gloves then turned around and left
Second item: White Tie & Shoes
We drove around town and searched out "opp shops." Basically, second hand shops for recycled clothing.
Thirdly: Suit and hat
Strangely enough Mike found a top hat in town the week before.
Total cost: $30 or so.
The hardest part of this whole shoot was trying to tie the damn tie!
Without that out of the way we got going!
The running man
For this image I used 2 x ds 51 strobes on TTL at 1/90th F19. I sat still and got Mike to make a whole lot of movements like he was dancing and running. I then took two of most compatible images and flipped one horizontally to even out the light- Dark edges, light middle. I created a new image ( twice the width and same height) and placed the two images into it. I then used clone stamp at a low opacity to smooth out the harsh edges. I then used light room to enhance the details and contrast. Total post production time = 2hr.
Low self esteem
I had this idea of a persons reflection screaming at them. I got Mike to lie back with his legs over the edge of the pool so he could face straight up and not move to get a smooth reflection.
I shot multiple frames as quickly as possible and got Mike to alternate screaming and smiling.
1/125th at f16 iso 100
More reflections- just trying out different shapes and patterns
Heres some shots with attitude.
I took on board some suggestions by other wetpixel members and got a friend to stand over the pool and point a torch onto Mike's face to highlight it. I really liked the results.
1/10th at f3.5 at ISO 400. I was disappointed with the noise from the Nikon d80.
Edited by Cal, 27 March 2009 - 04:52 AM.