aliza here. zev, our mother, and I went to a woodland reserve near our house today. despite getting epically lost on the way there, it was a beautiful trek along trails full of dogwalkers.
when we got to a pond, I started getting zev set up in a sheet we’d brought along in case we needed an emergency cloak. the water was bone-achingly cold, so we had to huddle together on a slippery rock as we got set up. some folks having a picnic on the other bank got a nice show. (credit to mama for the behind the scenes photos)
as we were shooting, it began to rain. zev slopped his way up the bank, dried his feet on the soggy sheet, and we headed off.
in the gathering gloom, as the rain began to give way to a silvery fog, we came across a grove of downy young pine saplings. in a bout of sudden inspiration, zev had me wrap my jacket up in my scarf and tie it to a stick before throwing the sheet/foottowel over me as a cloak and trying to look attractive.
a lady walking her dog by told us that we were “seriously freaking [her] out”. and joggers were liberal in their odd looks.
then we headed home and dried off and edited up our respective day’s works.
my photo before and after (with a whole lot of fudging in between):
zev’s before and after (humongo-extension extraordinaire):
an afternoon well spent!
I have gotten a lot of requests for a Facebook page, so here one is. I will be posting info about new pictures, exciting projects and anything of interest happening with my photography.
see you there! facebook.com/fiddleoak
this is Aliza here. if you’ve been following Zev’s hints on Flickr, you may know that there’s a very exciting littlefolk video project in the works. the idea has been germinating for a few months now, and just a few days ago we finally had our first evening of shooting! without giving too much away, here are some behind the scenes production shots. that’s our most excellent uncle Orest with the mustache. he’ll be one of the stars of the film.
here you can see something of our set-up. Zev was shooting from atop his bed.
we covered half the room with black fabric. this was taken while Zev was still figuring out the lighting for the shot.
Zev giving notes in between takes.
for a from-above shot, Zev and the tripod teetered atop desks and stools.
a little preview of how one of the shots might look.
the (rather ingenious) follow focus that Zev improvised using pliers, a pencil, and a rubber band.
well, this is what we’ve been up to. pretty exciting stuff. :] stay tuned for more!
hello people! I wrote a little tutorial/bts about my picture ‘craft’ for the folks over at lensprotogo, a local camera rental shop. check it out!
here is a quick behind the scenes on my latest picture ‘traveler’. just a simple littlefolk, but here is a bit of what went into making it.
here is the picture I started with:
I then took a bunch of extension pictures of the surrounding area:
merged them all together:
then I cropped and fuzzed the edges of all the pictures, and here is the background done!:
now here is the picture of aliza I used:
I cut out the background, and placed her into the composition, here is a close-up of with and without shadows:
then I added the color correction:
and thats it! the final picture (bigger on flickr):
as I sad above, just a simple shot, but think it came out pretty well mainly owing the the incredible light and colors this time of year.
a lot more to come, but probably not very soon as what aliza and I are working on at the moment is by far our most ambitious and exciting project to date. stay tuned!
I havent posted here for far too long, here’s to changing that! anyway, here is a bit of what went into making my latest picture, fly. it is the second picture in a new (probably) three part series.
I started by placing two music stands in a field, the airplanes are taped to string, and then taped to a piece of foam board lying in between two music stands. I had to use multiple strings per airplane, as it was a gusty day. the foam board not only holds all the airplanes, it also acts as a reflector/diffuser, creating nice soft light on the subjects.
the final picture was taken with a lens that allows me to change the angle of the focus plane (aka the tilt of a tilt-shift lens), so I can have nice sliver of focus, and still have the background grass and trees sharp (or near to it). here is what the final picture looked like out of camera
and the vantage point from which it was taken.
to shoot the person (me), I tried to match the lighting/background as close as possible, as it will make it easier to cut out in post, and make a cleaner final picture. sadly there was nothing to hang from in the middle of the field, (no way!) so me and bub (my brother) rigged up a rotting old ladder contraption. it certainly doesn’t meet code, and it wasent even quite tall enough, so I had to do two pictures, one for my legs and one for my upper body.
after a whole lot of masking, a bit of color correcting and a few hours, the final picture makes a whooshing noise as it is uploaded to the internet. you can see it full size here.
for the teleidescope theme ”freeze/warmth” nellie (aliza) and I (bobo/zev) have been talking for a while of doing a picture with fire and water. at long last, and rather on the proverbial spur of the moment, we piled into the car with our good friend eunice (or couth), brothers, mothers, torches and towels and headed to Nantasket beach just in time for sunset.
arriving at the beach, as the last glimmer of sun disappears (by couth):
once dipped in oil, we light the torches (by couth):
then set out in to the water (by couth):
and I start shooting, and shouting directions (by couth):
here are some outtakes that I shoot (by zev (me!)):
and the finale picture (by me):
after shooting, we sit on the beach and eat Indian food we picked up on the way there (by nellie):
and then we watch a amazing unexpected fireworks show (by nellie):
what a day. here is a stop motion animation by couth of the whole evening: