☙ Wow, it’s been along time since my last post!

But, I’ve been very busy.

As you know, most of my blog posts center around tips for portrait photographers. Well, I do other types of photography as well. And I am also a college teacher and designer. For sure, everything I do has ties to the creative arts. This week I have found inspiration!

I’ve been watching the fine art photographer Brooke Shaden and her course on CreativeLive.com (mentioned in earlier posts).

If you don’t know about CreativeLive then you should click that link above right away and learn about this incredible resource. Free multi-day workshops by many very talented professionals. And they are in Seattle which makes them really cool in my book! (Oh, how homesick I feel).

Anyway, she has inspired me so. Brooke is such a delightful person and yet her images are so deep and emotionally provocative. She is a fine art photographer and one heck of Photoshop operator. To see her work the camera and computer is fascinating to say the least.

This workshop really got my creative juices flowing again and got me to make the time to explore. I liked how her creativity comes from an intuitive place because that’s how I used to work. And so I had a friend do some impromptu posing for me. For the first photo I had her lay down on the carpet and point one finger to the wall. I made sure the window light came from her feet to her head. And I arranged her hair and shirt to look as though she were upside down. We chose some loose fitting clothes that I could arrange it a bit easier. I then took my 60D and the 10-24mm wide angle lens and stood upon a chair to get the right angle. The water lily was from my stock shots as were the pink ‘flowerettes’. Actually, the pink flowers were from a larger field of flowers and I used the lasso to grab bunches at random and place them in a new layer. I used a PSD gallery filter to “texturize” the carpet and used Topaz Labs filter ReMask3 to “pull” her from the back ground. That is how I gave her a shadow which separated her from the wall.

Now, I like to work in layers and layer masks. This allowed great latitude in the depth of the various elements. It also allowed me to add a motion blur to the pink flowers and accentuate the separation between them and her. I might do tutorial video and post it up on YouTube. I have a retouching video up now.

Anyway, the first one is fun and whimsical.

victorosaka20130517_2815

The second is peaceful and serene. I love water lilies and the idea of combining it with clouds really excited me. Both upper and lower portions are from my collection of clouds. The lily is from a shoot at the Huntington Gardens. The upper portion was spherized and warped in PSD and colored with a golden hue by way of a curves layer. The flower stem was stretched and a ripple added to differentiate top from bottom. A gentle vignette was applied to give it a bit more intimacy.

VictorOsaka_20130428_2554B

As always,

Prepare with practice and photograph like a professional.

Cheers.

Victor Osaka, Photographer

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s

I Love Classical Ukulele

All things classical ukulele

On The Record

Musings from an art veteran.

cancer killing recipe

Just another WordPress.com site

Joshi Daniel Photography

Images of People Photoblog

London Unveiled

great places to visit off the beaten path.

Top 10 of Anything and Everything!!!

Animals, Gift Ideas, Travel, Books, Recycling Ideas and Many, Many More

My Blog hopespringseternal

This WordPress.com site is the cat’s pajamas

imagery freak

Live Your Pix

Insidethelifeofmoi

An eccentric blogger with a pen and a thousand ideas

Petals Unfolding ... Finding ME

The Story of LIFE ... My Way

imackenzie14

This WordPress.com site is the bee's knees

Clarifying Questions

On Implementing Holacracy

Playing Your Hand Right

Showing America how to Live

Eli Glasman

Site of author Eli Glasman

Bri Bruce Productions

Design | Publishing | Photography | Art

iiThinks

Poetry of the Soul

Madstoffa's crunchy house!

Part time actor, aspiring writer of poetry and prose and full-time idiot with a heart.

Daily (w)rite

Author Site for Damyanti Biswas

Espen Stenersrød- From Pen To Heart

Jack Kerouac with a scent of Henry Vaughn

Maurice Sapiro

TONALIST AND REPRESENTATIONAL FINE ART

%d bloggers like this: