I’m a longtime fan of Adrian Sommeling’s photography with his son. He has a neat hyper-reality style achieved by combining studio shots (I presume greenscreen-type stuff) with dramatic and often dangerous looking backdrops. Needless to say, I’ve wanted to try my own take on it since I first saw them.
Yesterday afternoon, I brought the camera outside to take a few snaps while my boy ran around in the snow. Realized a few minutes in that the time was right to give it a shot.
I started with a few snaps of the snow’s surface from very close to the ground, trying to approximate the angle at which I’d be taking pictures of him. Then, I took about 50 of him doing various things, keeping in mind the shadow lines of the backdrop photos to minimize time in the editing room.
Below is the composite I came up with. The shadow was borrowed from another object that I scrubbed out of the scene.
There’s a little brick alleyway just off of LaSalle, north of Monroe with a few restaurants in it. The alley is surrounded by buildings so it gets very little light. It reminds me of Little Shop of Horrors, which I enjoy, so I have positive associations with it. I brought a camera today to take a picture.
So, I spent some time tonight catching up on some personal emails. Sorting through stuff that I recognized as non-emergency stuff but didn’t want to delete.
I was coming to the end of my inbox when I came across this message. What I saw definitely caught my attention.
My real estate agent works for @Properties, who are a big player here in Chicago. She did a great job but I often felt it was despite her company affiliation, not because of it. As a digital marketer, it seemed their online presence was way behind the times technology-wise.
Anyway, they clearly have some kind of automated email nurturing campaign going on and, in the case of last weekend’s fathers day, it produced this gem of an email.
Here’s a shot of the house some guy friends and I rented last month in Paddock Lake, WI. You can see from my rather long shadow on the left that the sun is setting behind me. From the boat ramp, you could also reasonably guess that there is a body of water directly behind me. The steep-roofed house to the left was abandoned but still fascinating.
Wanted to share this shot I surreptitiously snapped as I was walking home from work. (and yes, I’ve noticed that my transition from home to work and work to home is a time of introspection for me).
On the surface, it’s a shot of a 3rd floor balcony and an exterior staircase from the ground. The streaks by the power lines and through the middle of the roof are trails from airplanes on their way to O’Hare International. Time of day was around 6pm.
Ever since I took a photography class with my pops this summer, I’ve been focused on shooting in manual mode, exposing for the sky and either manually dodge or use a dialed-down flashlight to illuminate the foreground. I did the latter in this case (as can be seen in the shadows of the iron railing bars).
The vignetted top corners are either my lens hood or a crop from my sensor, I’m not sure which.