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Self portrait - Me first, safety last #3 | by MattysFlicks
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Self portrait - Me first, safety last #3

This is a composite image / photo illustration. It is the third in the series. The first and second can be found here: www.flickr.com/photos/68397968@N07/11827701613

and here: www.flickr.com/photos/68397968@N07/9933927445

 

I was extremely shocked that people enjoyed the first two. So I made a third and there will be a fourth one eventually. I was only about 90% happy with how it turned out. I had a hard time shooting this. It took me a while to figure out the pose, staging and how to frame it properly. I wanted to do something that looked more like a stroboscopic photo, but after mocking it up it looked way too busy. I would have liked to have had a better sense of motion within the image.

 

To make this photo I used multiple exposures: one of the scene, one of myself with the hammer, one of my pried open eye while leaning over my workbench and a bunch of photos of a pair of safety glasses that I cut up using a pair of cable cutters and linemans pliers. F.Y.I you can't actually break a pair of safety glasses with a hammer. I brought everything into photoshop assembled the scene and added some motion blurs, some blood, an umbilical cord and some babes. :)

 

 

For lighting I used a Minolta 4000af in a 2ft by 3ft softbox umbrella to the left of the scene at a 90 degree angle and a Yongnuo 560ii in a 2ft by 3ft softbox umbrella to the right of the scene at a 90 degree angle, I also used a Yongnuo 460ii in a 9 by 9 inch soft box to the front left of the camera aiming at the subject on a 45 degree angle. I triggered the strobes remotely with PT-04 trigger/receivers. I shot the photo with a smc pentax k 35mm 3.5f lens attached to my pentax k-30. I had my tripod set up on a table so the camera was roughly 6.5-7 ft off the ground.

 

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Taken on May 24, 2014