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.