Maria – another client shoot in Munich :)

Another glimpse from my busy November work.

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It has been a great month. Meeting new people, exploring new locations and also learning so much more through all these experiences. Continue reading

Sam – My first client shoot in Munich :)

For me, this whole month has been super busy but also awesome :)

I started with client work in Munich and the experience has been awesome.

Meet Sam - Samuel Penderbayne. My first client shoot in Munich (Germany).

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Sam is an Australian/German musician trained formally in composition, voice, piano and conducting. Although, I was nervous working with a male model for the first time, it turned out to be a super fun experience.

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Free textures – black & white

So, there are 4 ‘black & white’ textures that I am giving away for free

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You can download them from HERE :)

… and here are couple examples of using these textures. These are more like quick trials to see how it would work out and also to give some idea for people who are new at using textures.

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Making of “Autumn Wind”

Could have had posted this yesterday but got so carried away with Sue & Lara’s workshop on CreativeLive :)

It’s not a very complicated image but it’s a couple of simple tricks/ learning that I want to share.

First one is – hair flip.

I love adding hair movement. It gives such a nice sense of life and drama to an otherwise a bit dull image. For quite some time I relied on using hair brushes but that never looked as real and when the same hair movement began to reappear in more images, it looked even weirder. So…I had to learn how to do real hair flips + at the location (which would make the photoshop work really easy).

Since I do more self portraits, I have to synchronize my hair flip  with the camera timer. I’ve got a remote now and that makes it much easier. It used to be crazy when first I’d tired with the self timer – to run, pose and flip hair in 10 beeps :O (had kind of given up on hair flips because of that for quite some time)

Although, even with a remote, it wasn’t as simple as I’d imagined. The results of first few trials were not very satisfactory. The hair strands kind of looked evenly spreaded and flat than moving with the wind.  What bothered me more was that moving around my head so much, made me feel really dizzy ;D . Well, what other might have had figured out just with commonsense, I learnt it hard way – a few head flips are oky but hand throws work as well. :P  Take at least 3-4 shots before running back to the camera. At times, for more dramatic effect, I would take a small bunch, twist it a little bit and throw at the count. It creates a swirling kind of effect and I really love it. Yup, did the same thing for this image also. See the originals -

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Behind the Scenes – “Drowned”

Don’t think I’ve ever written so much about any other image :O

Here comes the word flood -

 

Generally I find myself struggling with words. Wouldn’t know how to describe my image in more words. At the max I would right a couple of lines or find a quote that feels close. Like to leave it for the viewers to decide how it appeals to them. But today  I can’t stop writing about the experience of creating this image and I’m gonna post it all here :)
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About the idea -
Basically the concept started with getting obsessed about paper boats. Yeah, suddenly I am very much in love with paper boats (just like I’d gone bonkers about butterflies :P ) so do except to see more of them ;)
But I didn’t want to start with the obvious thought or something that has already been over done. Call it an ego issue or creative push… whatever it was… it worked. I kept thinking about paper boats for quite a few days and while watching a scene about “dry drowning” in a movie, I came up with this idea.

Original idea was very vague and lacked the details. But with me, it is like that most of the times. So what I generally do is keep thinking on an idea for a few days. Followed the same process for this one, too and came up with more details and clarity about how I wanted to see the final image.
Well, there is another problem with clear concepts for me. I was so stuck on the kind of place I wanted that I wouldn’t shoot it anywhere else… and finding the right place is what took much more time than refining the concept.

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