The Show: As you may have read in a previous post, this summer I had the honor of filming a series with Brooke Shaden for the Framed Network, called "The Concept". At the beginning of each episode Brooke and I were given a concept, and often a location, and were invited to explore our creative visions. The show took you through the entire process from developing an idea, to pulling together a creative team, location, shooting, gear choices, and more. We created this series out of our belief that each artist has their own particular vision, and even given the same concept and resources can create drastically different results... and both answers are the 'correct' solution! The Concept: Entrapment
In this challenge, Brooke and I were given the concept of "Entrapment" and she selected the location of a shipwreck where I had photographed in the past. I started developing my concept based around the location and also the concept provided. First, I envisioned that I would have my model appear as if she had been trapped in the wreckage of the ship, and she was now just emerging for our eyes to gaze upon. If this were true, she would need clothing that appeared tattered and worn, having experienced the wreck with her. My wardrobe stylist provided me with an incredible cape that fit this theme exactly, but only once I had it on set did the cape come to life! Its movement and energy were PERFECT for the shot. The final image I decided upon had the model emerging from the depths of the wreck in the sunlight, as if symbolizing rebirth and new life. The movement of the cape suggested a Phoenix rising from death. In fact, in the video below you can see the details of the setup and see the image-making in progress!
Final Image Settings: Canon 5D Mark III Sigma 24-70mm 2.8 at 48mm ISO 1600 1/8000 sec f 2.8 The Retouch: The retouching in this image was primarily to adjust the exposure and contrast in this heavily backlit photograph. I utilized both Photoshop and Lightroom to improve contrast and clarity that was lost from lensflare. I also controlled the viewer's eye by using exposure to lighting areas of interest, and darken non-essential parts of the photograph. I also did a slight bit of toning to set a more dramatic mood. You can see the visual techniques I employed in Photoshop and Lightroom by watching the video below. https://vimeo.com/85385549
Alternative Image: Here is another image I created that day on the amazing shipwreck. I was only able to enter one in the final 'competition' but I wanted to give you a look!