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Self portrait - Ticking away | by MattysFlicks
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Self portrait - Ticking away

This is a composite image / photo illustration. It took about 5 hours to create. I don't want to turn back time, but I really wish I had a time machine so I could go back and set up this scene a little better.


To create the photo I took 4 exposures of the scene with the clock, glass of water and lamp in order to get the look, color and reflections that I wanted for each part of the scene. I set the clock to roughly 8 and shot the clock on a slight angle. I made a mental note of the angles used in the scene. Everything was set up underneath a window that the sun was shining into. I used a manilla file folder to reflect the sunlight back on to scene and get the lighting and reflections how I wanted them to look. I shot the scene with my Pentax k-30 with an SMC Pentax A 50mm 1.7 attached with the aperture set to f2 to achieve a sharp photo with a shallow depth of field.


For the second part I set up a 6ft step ladder and ran a pair of handrails duct taped together from the ladder to my workbench and I made sure that angles I was setting up at were roughly the same as in the scene I had shot previously. I shot the second photo on a 12 second timer using my pentax k-30 with a SMC Pentax 35mm 3.5 lens attached, I set the aperture to f8 or f11, so that I would not have a shallow depth of field. To light the second shot I placed 2 soft boxes side by side with a Yongnuo yn-460ii and a yn-560ii inside them, basicly forming a 4x3 foot soft box to mimic the lighting reflected by the manilla file folder in the previous scene. I placed the side by side soft boxes to the front left of the camera directed them slightly downwards at the subject. Then I setup a white shoot through umbrella to the front right of the camera about 3ft off the floor with a Minolta 4000 AF behind it to mimic the ambient light in the first scene. I triggered the strobes with a PT-04 trigger and receivers.


I took my photos into photoshop and did some fancy/trendy editing/processing.

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Taken on May 30, 2014