“Happy Holidays”…Mixing My Lights
December 24, 2014 § 4 Comments
I’d like to start out by thanking everyone who follows what I do here. Thanks to all of my family, friends and clients who have supported me throughout these many years, and I wish you all peace, health and happiness throughout the coming year. Now a little explanation of how I did these images. The “Peace Wreath” consists of four parts. The background was shot with a blue gel on a strobe through two layers of plexi…one white, and one a dark smoked color. Next the wreath consisted of two parts. First, I shot just the wreath’s own lights lit for about a second. I then used my Streamlight to light paint a version of the wreath and blended them together. Lastly I added the word “PEACE” in Photoshop. I also used the the clone stamp tool to add some lights and berries to even out the wreath. The Santa is interesting. My wife got this from our attic. I didn’t even know we had it. She said it was from an old department store display, probably from the 40’s or 50’s. I used the same background technique with the blue gel, and shot the wreath and background in the same shot. This created the silhouette with a minimal amount of light from the bulbs on the wreath. Santa was lit using my light painting technique…around 30 seconds. I did clone in some extra lights on the wreath since it looked pretty sparse. I’m including all of the component images so you can see the various steps.
Once again, thanks for looking and “Happy Holidays”!