Written in 2011, this is how a simple shot (and this was just a test shot really) can transform into a prize winning image!
Today I feel I created something special, not just because the three wonderful kids are my family . But because the moment I was finished, I was filled with a certain sentiment.
The photo made me feel something…and I thought I could share how I accomplished the finished result.
The light was set up by 4 lights:
– 1 on the white background
– 1 main light (deep octa)
– 2 softboxes as backlights from each side
This is straight from raw (1/160 f8)
. Too much would just look unnatural.
When happy with the transitions, I flattened the image, and started working in a color software, adding several layers of “low key” toning, as well as lighting the center/darkening the surroundings. This is a test of patience, as you never get totally happy…but in the end I just had to save and see what happened.
And this is when I realized I had something here! Slowly working the edges, adding some contrast, and then removing some, I got to the final stage of color adjustment. This is where I finished, and got this:
And finally, the awards
- Bronze NFF Landskonkurranse 2013
- Photography Masters Cup Nominee 2013 – Fashion
- Silver NFF Laugskonkurranse 2012