New photo series... comments and etc very welcomed!

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  1. FrankieTDouglas macrumors 65816

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    Hey. Haven't been able to post here in awhile. The network in my apartment hates these forums for some reason. But I'm online somewhere else, and am curious what kind of critiques I can get on this new body I'm working on. The origin comes from my period of quitting smoking. I used nicoderm patches, which produce these crazy vivid dreams. At first I hated them, then I started writing them down. Started sorting stuff out, then done some sketches, and am now spending my weekends on locations for some directorial photography.

    Each photo is around 2-3 images combined, with some containing up to 5 photos to produce the final image. Equipment has been a Canon 5d, 17-40 f4L, Alien Bees strobes, and Photoshop for post.

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  2. CrackedButter macrumors 68040

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    Very cool, very fine art. The work reminds me of a Finnish artist whose name I cannot remember (but will find out), that doesn't help for now, but there is also another artist, an american called Gregory Crewsden you should definately check out. He operates in the same style, sets up the shot like you do but with one image instead. There is a narrative involved but with him its more ambigious and cinematic, like they are stills taken from a film.
     
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    Great shots man, wish I could learn to make some photos like that. Great composition. Please feel free to post more! :D
     
  4. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    [Monty Python Quote] What a strange person! [/Monty Python Quote] :D

    Very nice photos!... I'm still taking my first baby steps with photography.

    If I could ask a newbie question, what kinds of different photos (settings-wise) make up a typical final product?
     
  5. CrackedButter macrumors 68040

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    Pardon? I don't understand what you are trying to say.
     
  6. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    When you create a composite photograph, you combine several photos into one "photo" that achieves an effect impossible in just one shot...I'm curious about what kinds of different photos he took in order to get his final product. In other words, how do you approach this type of effect?
     
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    They could have just been jpegs or Raw files layered ontop of each other in photoshop, replacing detail from photo to blend them seamlessly together.

    He *might* have only taken 4 photos in the first image for example and merged them, 1 photo for the main character, 1 for the second character and 2 for the location, the light sources are different, but taken at different times of the day to reflect the different light sources.

    With a Tripod ;-)
     
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    I love these shots; they're all so vivid and bizarre with a hint of comedy. In short, excellent work. Also reminds me to start experimenting with strobes.

    And if it's not too much to ask, could I get the last shot at full res for my desktop? It's easily my favourite. :)
     
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    I love 1 and 5. Great composition, great storytelling (with depth, mind you - something hard to get across on a single 800x600 pixel image). 2 and 4, though... I feel could be enhanced with captions/titles. I'm just not getting the "full picture" here, I think. Or could it be in reference to something I'm unaware of?

    3 is fun. It's fine the way it is, but it's not as interesting, perhaps, as 1 and 5.

    I can imagine buying a book full of these. :cool:



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    Very clean and polished, really well done! Is this type of stuff related to your career, or is this a hobby? Excellent, top notch work. I'm guessing you're using some strobes? Please elaborate on your lighting work-- I'm a student, and this is close to what I am really getting into lately, staged photography.
     
  12. FrankieTDouglas thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks guys. I guess it's related to my career. I'm an MFA student in photography at Louisiana Tech University. Been working on two bodies of work this quarter. This is one of them (the other is "snapshot" 4x5 work).

    I'm familiar with Gregory Crewdson. I own his "Twilight" book. He doesn't just do one shot, though. His stuff is composites of one scene, usually merging a half dozen scanned 8x10 shots. Shoots at different f stops and shutter speeds and uses whichever parts work best.

    Someone mentioned a tripod, which is spot-on. Except for #3, all I did was photograph the same scene over and over with different things in each shot, and then went back later on and used masking to pull the best person from each frame. In some shots I would underexpose by two stops and use that image for the sky so it came in great detail.

    In image #3, I used a GI Joe for a stand in for him, then (**DON'T TRY THIS**) went into the lighting studio, matched up the lighting somewhat, and tied a rope around a ceiling beam. Tied it around under my arms, then had someone pull the chair from underneath me so I could dangle in midair. I still have rope burns from doing that, but it created a precise visual of being suspended in midair.

    All of the images utilize just making sure the levels, curves, and color balances are correct. Fix all of that before then taking it somewhere else.

    For lighting setups, I usually light the foreground focus person with an Alien Bee strobe that has an umbrella attached. I use the silver side for more contrast. In the first photo, that was pointing from the left center. I had another light with curtains on it shining onto the ground to photograph the paint balls. In the background, I had a bare bulb flashing across the center of the plane, while another silver umbrella was hitting the background guy. I shot this about 2 hours before sundown, so the sky is behind me, and flash keeps everything balanced.

    Photo two was a silver umbrella pointed at her. Behind her, a small flash was pointing at her back. It had a red gel on it for that tone. To photograph myself, I put a snoot on a flash for a very focused beam of light.

    Photo three had a silver umbrella for the foreground. I used a snoot mounted up high to shine directly onto the mixing chemicals, and used a honey comb face to flash from behind the character into the projectors. The mini me had a single silver umbrella for lighting, but most of that image has had digital lighting added into it.

    Photo four used a large silver umbrella for the main character. and an open flash illuminated the van from across the street. I ran one other strobe around behind and into the van and sat it between the front seats for more illumination inside of it. That sky was pulled from a photo I took awhile back, since there were no clouds that day.

    Photo five is almost just one flash, a silver umbrella pointed at the main guy. I think I had a snoot directed at the character on very top, but not sure how effective it was. Maybe had a little barn door light pointing 90 degrees from where the umbrella was.
     
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    Excellent, thanks for the info on how it was done....a lot of work, but it looks great!
     
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    thoose are really cool man !!! like to see more work from you!
     
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