The Moon and the Stars

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It’s not easy to find the perfect model when you have a certain image in your head. Even if you find someone who meets your “visual requirements”, there’s still a chance that they simply can’t bring the character to life. No offense, just a fact.

As I started a new life in another country a few years ago and I’m pretty bad in connecting people, I hardly meet any potential models. 🙁 Which is quite frustrating when you have so much in your head, but if you keep on believing in your mission, your prayers might be answered – sooner or later, haha . And she came.

Here’s the first image of our second photoshoot which happened on the same day as the Madame Renarde series. I’ve always been fascinated by the glorious women on Alfonse Mucha’s paintings. They’re so powerfully inspiring, I believe that every lady has an idol among them. One of my favourite is The Moon and the Stars.

The Moon (and the stars)
The Moon (and the stars)

It was Mother’s day, so my first thing in the morning was running to Tesco and grab 2 huge bouquets of chrysanthemum. So yes, her “tiara” was made of real flowers. ^_^ We spent a great afternoon together. <3

Further pictures coming soon.

Retouching with GIMP 2.8

I came across some challenging situations with lights… I mean the lack of lights.

We just wanted to have a chat with my friend on a late Sunday afternoon and thought: if the weather and lights were fine, why not take some pictures of her just for fun. The last sunbeams were escaping quickly behind the buildings of the city park. I had no other source of light so I hoped that my non-existing retouching skills would save the not too well-lit images.

I chose gimp 2.8 – a legally free, Linux compatible software – to improve my editing skills on the picture below.  🙂

 

After brightening up the model, I had some ideas from the below tutorial to enhance the portrait a bit more.

Beyond visible – IR photography

I have always been “gifted” with the ability to recall my dreams. Those visions are clearly there in my mind. Beautiful, bad, peaceful, disturbing, vivid or dark… whatever. I’ve been thinking a lot how to depict them. Since I’m not good enough in painting or drawing, I’m trying to find a way through something else. So far, infrared photography seems to be the right step forward to reach my goal. 🙂 (Continue reading to see the gallery.)Continue Reading

Kiev 4 experiment

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There are advertisements everywhere about Father’s day which makes me feel somewhat miserable as my father tragically passed away 6 years ago. As I mentioned before, father was an important person in my photography history. He won his Kiev 4 on a scientific competition during university and was very proud of it. So I’ve been thinking about some vintage photography experiments with that camera recently to keep his memory alive.Continue Reading