Thursday, 19 September 2013

girl in the lake

Aino and I got this idea in the summer, I guess. Back then it sounded so simple: Aino climbs down and swims a little and I shoot. At some point we understood the fact that it might be dangerous: the water is awfully cold. I can't thank Aino enough for being so brave. Another whole thing is that you can't even see that she's cold at all.
So, as it really was a little (or a little more) dangerous, we did prepare: first of all we didn't go alone and we had some of these with us. Yes, they were very colourful. And of course we had warm clothes and tea for Aino.

If somebody would ask, I'd tell them that it was an artistic choice but honestly I failed with all the photos. During the photo shoot I didn't notice anything (I should have checked and probably will in the future) but when I opened the photos on computer I saw that in each and every one of them the focus was on the rocks and not on Aino. I don't think I could have been any more disappointed (well maybe I could have but I don't want even to imagine such a situation). Every photo had a tiny bit of rock in the bottom like in the last shot here and in every photo the focus was there instead of Aino who was in the middle of the photo.
I was too busy shooting as much as I could when Aino was in the freezing water. I would have felt huge guilt for just browsing the photos when Aino was in the water. Now I ended up feeling even more guilt about not checking. Aino was in the cold water and I couldn't do even this one little thing right.
Now that I got these five out rather nicely I don't feel so bad. The fact still is that these could be sharp and there could be so many more of finished photos if I had done my job right in the photo shoot. I had to abandon many photos in which Aino had done very nicely.
I am still very disappointed but it could have been worse. It could have been that there wouldn't be a single photo to use. I'll just have to remember this in the future, especially when doing something as extreme as this.

It isn't cold so what now?

Having shot Aino in this magnificent lake-like thing I can't wait to do more with water. I've been dreaming of a camera that could be used underwater and I'd like to shoot with more control in a less extreme location like a swimming pool. Though this location had those awesome rocks, swimming pools don't have such things.

If you yet haven't noticed, here you can see the white dress in action. This is what it was bought for and I think it worked quite well.

Deep Down


With these shots I think I did quite good job in Lightroom. It's still relatively new thing to me to manipulate photos at all and now I've got the heaven of colour adjustment and the heal tool. Call me lazy but I open photos in Gimp (replacement for Photoshop) only in super extreme cases and I don't have too many of those. There's the Dream photo II that has the touch of Gimp on it and another one you haven't seen yet.
So, here's one of the photos after cropping and after colour adjustments but before heal tool. I'm not saying that the result (second photo) is professional looking but I'm proud of myself.

To still lighten up a little this tone of disappointment I can tell you that yesterday we bought artifical blood.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

white dress

I have been planning a photo shoot in which I'd like to use a plain, long dress preferably off-white or of warm colour. A very easy thing to find isn't it? Well, visiting a Salvation Army second hand store I found one. It's of a perfect shade of white with nice design and almost perfect lenght.
Aino and I went to test that dress to a near breakwater with cool bushes, beautiful shore and big rocks.

We didn't have a precise goal so the photos ended up being rather beautiful and nice but nothing more. I became puzzled because of this. Well, not particularly puzzled but I had to think it through. This wasn't the first time we had gone to shoot with no plans but never before had the outcome been so neutral. It could have been that this shoot had nothing even close to extreme (except for one position on a rock that Aino bravely held) or new or exciting.
Thus I've started to think what it is that I want to capture. What is the thing that makes a photograph good? I've thought about a few definitions, but I don't think either one is good by itself. Even all of them together don't explain everything there is to this:
I want to capture something special and beautiful.
I want to get a photograph that shows the best of what is in front of the camera.
I want to capture something that could not be seen in reality.
I want to get a photograph that is more than the reality in front of the camera.

This clearly is an issue I still have to think about. I sure like it when I get a good photograph when I didn't expect it but random disappointments are not nice. I'm not saying I'm disappointed in these shots, no way, but I didn't get thrilled the same way I usually get when shooting. I don't want to lose that feeling so I want to know where it comes from.








On tumblr I was asked about inspiration. What makes me inspired? Such a huge question needs a proper answer, but for now I can give this: my favourites on flickr.