Photo Story: Destruction – Part 1

Are you having a long, stressful week? Then lets break stuff! This is not an original concept, but it’s something that I’ve never had the opportunity to shoot.

I started by sketching compositions in my awesome moleskin hipster notepad. I like to doodle out ideas first because it will help me gather my thoughts and I can make notes as to what props or special equipment I might need.

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Call Me…. Maybe?

I’ve been building puppets for about two years and seldom do I perform with them other than chasing the kids around the house. After goofing-off with my kids pretending to sing songs from various artist, I decided to create this video based on Carly Rae Jepsen’s pop song Call Me Maybe. Below is the final edited piece.

Walking and singing down the hallway proved to be tricky to shoot live. Instead, I shot Rosie on a green screen and composited her onto a separate background plate.

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After the video was edited I decided to try my luck at removing the arm rods using Photoshop. It took a bit of time but I managed to do a reasonable  job on most of the shots. Some shots I just skipped do to time constraints, but most of them have the rod removed. Here’s two sample “before and after” frames:

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Building Christmas Card 2016

Once again the Christmas season is at our doorstep and along with it comes this years Christmas card build! Though not as fun as the 2015 card, after all how often can you use a leaf blower during a photoshoot! The shoot itself went smoothly. Both models were well behaved and cooperated. The tricky part, as you will see in the time lapse video, was all the masking of the tree needles. I tried several techniques before deciding to go with an old school channel mask method which rendered the accuracy I needed.

I hope you enjoy watching some behind the scenes shooting and editing and if you have any questions about the techniques used, please feel free to contact me.

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