Eve and Adam 2009

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    The most fun thing about the Twitter Photo Challenge group, is that since each challenge/topic lasts for a week, ideas starts coming when you're "warming up".

    This week's topic is "contrasts" and I've been through ideas such as new/old, dead/alive, etc. But today I started thinking about light and dark, and also male and female. Could they be combined? I think they can.

    So here's a family photo -- my wife and I as aliens. I always dreamt of seeing an extra terrestrial. Now I at least can pretend to be one :-)

    How it's done

    This is a photo where everything's wrong, really, and still (in my eyes at least) it works. The background's overexposed a gazillion stops, the foreground's underexposed almost as much; the photo is completely out of focus and the bodies doesn't look at all what they do in real life. Rather like something you'd see in a mirror hall at a fairground or something. But still... I kind of like the effect.

    I took this with a 50mm f/1.4. The camera was on manual, set to 1/200 shutter and f/2.8 aperture. The lens was on manual focus, and focused as close as possible (0,45m). My wife and I stood approx three meters from the camera, so we were thrown out of focus A LOT.

    We stand in front of a door opening. I had draped a white curtain over the opening, using a lot of gaffer tape to keep it in place.

    Behind the curtain I had a light stand with two flashes -- one approx on head level, the second on thigh level. Another flash on camera triggered these two flashes. The entire thing was set up using automatic exposure (ETTL), but told to overexpose by two stops.

    I added a hint of a frame using Photoshop.

    So here we are -- my wife and I, the E.T.s.

    benwmbc, antolo, Valerie Peters, and 10 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. vatne 59 months ago | reply

      Jeg syns også det funker. Artig!

    2. Maríon 59 months ago | reply

      Veldig bra!! Liker alien-følelsen ;-)

    3. sviland [deleted] 59 months ago | reply

      morsomt bilde - artig - sann foto glede :)

    4. benwmbc 59 months ago | reply

      This really is fantastic, I like it loads. Another great idea and fine photo.

    5. Valerie Peters 59 months ago | reply

      clever & creative....

    6. Hjorthefoto 59 months ago | reply

      Funker som fasan!

    7. anii579/ Ani 59 months ago | reply

      Yeeeey, this is superb work, Jo!!!!! Very interesting and creative! Congrats!

    8. jcoterhals 59 months ago | reply

      Takk til alle sammen!

      Valerie Peters,
      Thanks to all of you.

      A special thanks to those of you that have favorited this photo!

    9. gardleopard 59 months ago | reply

      Dette var kreativt! Holdningen til kona di her minner meg om noen skulpturer moren til samboeren min har. Digger poseringa!

    10. ropro22 57 months ago | reply

      oh man, great shot

    11. jcoterhals 57 months ago | reply

      ropro22: Thanks. I kind of like it myself too.

    12. kin lush 55 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called !Extremely overexposed!, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    13. ivancachiolate 50 months ago | reply

      awesome. nice work. don`t you try without clothes?

    14. jcoterhals 50 months ago | reply

      ivancachiolate: No, we didn't try without clothes. I think the neighbors would have wondered even more than usual what I was doing, if we had.

    15. An Old Barbie Doll 39 months ago | reply

      Without clothes would be perfect

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