February 24, 2010

NFF landskonkurranse 2010

Here are my contributions to "Landskonkurransen 2010". The judging is finished now, and I have a fair idea of the result (which is not way up there...). But anyway:

Lady Valentine

Human Ball
24 hour lunch break

February 14, 2010

50's kids

Today, my friend and hairdresser Vidar Graven, made a couple of the kids in the house into replicas of a "forgotten age". 
The smoothness applied to these photos are normally not used for children. However, I thought it was correct here, as the overall style was cool.

February 12, 2010

mellow silje

I had a nice day of photography today, challenging myself in a location that turned out to be very difficult...narrow spaces, lots of tables, a mirror filled room etc. It turned out okey in the end, I feel, and here are some photos from the job.

February 1, 2010

editing lady valentine

I promised a step-by-step on the making of lady valentine, but that turned out to be a "long story" on this blog. However, here is a quick summary..

This is the raw file, the original as originally exposed. I used two lamps in a very small hotel room, and I could wish for either a) a larger background, or b) more photoshop skills...

I only realized it later, but croping it square and mirroring this, was a much better option. So after the initial adjustments on the raw file (skin color, overall color, contrasts), and mirroring, as well as general clean-up, I was left with this. Cropped and added more background.

The next challenge was making the background as even as possible, both regarding light and color. Using curves, I gradually painted the areas necessary. Also, adjustments in color on the roses and skin was essential.

Close to finished, I wanted a smoother look in the skin and colors. I applied a skin softing technique and the final result came out like this.