A little late, but I’m going to run off a series of posts featuring images from the annual Fashion In Detroit runway show. The show featured looks from several designers, but due to prior obligations, I was only able to make the second half of the show and catch about 5 of the designer’s runway shows.
I’m going to keep the chit chat at a minimum, but I will start by saying that I enjoyed the Bachrach portion of the show. While I felt that some of the looks were a little too much, and some of the models clearly had to be rushed through being dressed, I’ve always enjoyed the type of clothes they sell there.
So enjoy this handful of images, and I’ll be back tomorrow and/or the next day with images from another designer.
I’ve sucked with getting these on my blog as of late, but oh well. They make it here eventually. Anyway, I really like(d) what I did with this shot. I liked the original shot, but I think the surreal effect I gave to it is pretty dope. I don’t think I’ve encountered anyone who likes it as much as I do, but we all have our personal favorites, and this is one of mine.
Approximately halfway through the month and this project, I feel this is one of my stronger photos – both technically and creatively. I’m pleased that I continue to stretch the boundaries of the theme, each and every day. Again, I didn’t want to merely photography my phone, and I thought this was a good creative direction to go in. This photo required a bit more setup and proper execution than you may think, so stick with me for a second.
Photographing the phone was the easy part. I had my dSLR on a tripod, and I had it set to trigger by remote. By trial-and-error, I figured out how far I needed to have the phone from my camera, and how far I needed to be from the phone to fit my face within the screen. Hmm…I guess that wasn’t as easy as I thought. Anyway, once I started shooting, I thought the overall photo looked pretty flat. The iPhone 4S camera, while amazing, doesn’t function at its best in poor lighting. So, the picture of me on the screen was too dim and grainy. Opening up the blinds and allowing in more light helped, but it still wasn’t to my satisfaction. Additionally, while my dSLR was able to find focus easily, I struggled to get a decent picture of myself showing on the phone. I wasn’t able to get the phone to focus properly. I was about to scrap the idea, when I decided that if I was better lit, the photo would be better. So I set up a light off-camera (camera left) that would light me up better for the iPhone photo. A few dozen trial-and-error shots later, and I came up with this. Not my best facial expression, but after dozens of shots that were scrapped due to lack of focus, odd positioning of the phone within the frame, and poor lighting, I had to keep this one after achieving good results in all 3 of those categories.
The best thing about this photo, for me, is that there are no Photoshop tricks here. I did something similar to this before – where I photographed myself inside my phone – but that one was easy. I just took a separate image of myself and inserted it into the screen space on my iPhone via Photoshop. This was shot just as it looks, and required proper spacing, lighting, timing, technical expertise, a little luck, and PATIENCE.
Yes, this photo is staged. Sue me. lol I do what I have to do for the sake of art. I wanted a photo for today that was based upon something other than the COLOR blue, so I told my son to make a sad face. Just like reality TV, reality photography can be scripted as well. 🙂 If this photo were NOT staged, trust me, it’d be UGLY. He has a very gnarly cry face. lol
At first I was going to do something wild, crazy, and excessive like the stuff I did in my Project 365. http://www.flickr.com/photos/dtownpistonsfan/4344463018/in/set-72157622991866423 But, I changed my mind and decided not to resort to any Photoshop tricks and stunts, and just present something simple, yet different.
I gave very brief consideration to taking the easy way out and photographing someone without their knowledge, but I said I wanted to come hard every day with this project. I figure that the purpose behind “Stranger” being the topic for Day 4 was so we would have to force ourselves to approach a stranger and ask to photograph them. So, I decided that is what I would do. This man sits at the exit ramp for Greenfield Rd off of I-96 East. He’s there. Every day of every year. I’ve seen him sitting out there in his wheelchair through the most horrific of Michigan winters. One of my uncles knows him, and told me that he does go to a shelter at night. Still, I’ve felt like shit for never offering him some sort of help, seeing as how I know that he is legitimately homeless. So I took Day 4’s topic as an opportunity to meet him. I waited on the side of the exit ramp until it was clear. That way, I’d be able to pull up beside him at the red light. I told him I’d noticed how he’s always there, told him about the project, and asked to photograph him. Of course, he said “yes”. I took this photo, and gave him a fairly substantial amount of money. He said “God bless you,” and that was that.