I'm kind of new to the practice of photography. My background has been in film, with a focus on scriptwriting and moving images rather than frozen moments in time and the juggling of exposure settings that photography demands. But over the last 6 months I've learned quite a lot and have found a new hobby! I love taking street photography in the city of Melbourne and tweaking my images on Photoshop. I'm always learning new ways to capture moments with my canon DSLR camera, Morgan Freeman, who I obtained during an adventure in New Zealand in 2016.
My Fav Photographers
I also love the double exposure effects in True Detective.
In terms of actual photography, I am a big fan of Steve Mccurry's dramatic and eye-opening work around the world, in particular his ability to capture powerful portraits of refugees and third world countries.
While I haven't had a heap of experience taking photos with my camera, in the last 6 months I have been building up my skills by taking photos of the city at night. Here are some of my favourites:
I wanted to combine portraiture photography and landscape photography using photoshop to create a double exposure effect on my wife, Mages. She is from Argentina and my aim was to combine a photograph of Patagonia, in the south of Argentina, with a portrait of her.
My main source of inspiration came from the opening credits of 'True Detective', which uses an animated version of the double exposure effect.
When looking up some pics, I found these, a black and white portrait fused with a forest and a soft coloured portrait using a mountain scape. I noticed how the portraits were usually shot from the side, profile, so the features of the subject were prominent and added to the effect of the landscape inside. There was a clear background, in order to seperate the subject from the back, a nice high contrast.
Test Photos and Research
The portraits I took of Mages were taken outside and were problematic because of the cluttered and busy background, which made it tough to seperate her from the background. The tilt of her head was probably too dramatic to use for this project.
This portrait of Mages was taken for her Tedx profile on the internet, where she volunteers her time as the event manager. While I like the desaturated look and the moment of her laughing whilst looking left of frame, there wasn't enough shape around her head to give enough of an effect for the double exposure project.
This was the final portrait of Mages I used. While the background was still cluttered, it was more appropriate because of the more profiled pose. I used a small aperture to keep the subject in focus with the background slightly blurred. The lighting was natural on a fairly overcast day, which diffused the light across her face, creating little shadow.
This is the photo I found online of Patagonia that I decided to use. I liked the glowing of the clouds and the colouring of purple, orange and deep blue. I imagined using the mountain along the sides of her face and the lower, gloomier half along her jawline.
The tutorial I used was helpful in stepping out the process stage by stage.
At first I had to seperate Mages from the background by using the magic selection tool, copying her shape onto a solid white coloured canvas.
Then I brought in the landscape photo of Patagonia, dropping the opacity level and positioning it across the subject's face, finding a spot that I liked.