Hello, dear readers! 😀 How are you all? Hope you’re having a great time this holiday season. I wish you a very Happy New Year!
I have been getting quite a lot of positive feedback from everyone regarding my Miniature composites. So I tried making another one, hope you like this as well. Do mail me your comments and feedback of any shade.
Here’s the final result:
There were a lot of complications while shooting for this image, I wanted the mugs to emit light from inside, but I didn’t have a light source small enough. So after a lot of brainstorming and trial/error, I decided to light them up using FIRE!!
Here’s a shot of me doing exactly that. [I shot the photographs with the lights off, hence the head-lamp. Also Head-Lamps are cool. I turned the room lights on so that my friend, Labesh, can take this photo while I shameless pose for the “candid” shot. Oh, the irony!]
And here are all the photographs straight out of the camera, which were used for the final composite.
These were the 4 mugs with burning pieces of paper inside them. I could shoot them all at once, but that would be too risky. The following images are of the matchsticks burning. I shot these with a small light on which worked as an ambient light source for this miniature environment.
As Always, I like to shoot a Clean Plate, just in case I screw up during post processing.
Now, After observing the above personalized photo gift, I asked Labesh to take my photos while I pose like a retard. These photos are always the funny ones. 😀
I wish I had better Bags. I had to make do with what was lying at the office. Oh, That’s my workplace, by the way. Sorry about the mess. 😀
I placed the white papers under my feet so that it’ll be easier to isolate myself in Photoshop. That also gave me a basic idea of how the shadow forms under/around the shoes.
Now, Enter PHOTOSHOP!! [Angelic Music in the background]
I first processed the RAW images on Lightroom, then worked on the exported JPEGs on Photoshop. I placed the Clean plate on the bottom, then imported the ‘burning-mugs’ photos on top of it, I changed the blend modes to ‘Lighten’ and masked out the parts I didn’t need. I did the same with the matchsticks photos.
Then I used the mighty ‘Pen’ tool to isolate myself from the background, scaled the image down and placed then used the Brush tool to paint in shadows under/around my feet.
Then on a new ‘soft-light’ [blend mode] layer, I used a soft brush to paint in yellow and red tint on my body to match the lighting.
After spending a lot of time on this, I moved to NIK Color Effex Pro for the final grading. and Voila!
Thank you so very much for going through this long and boring blog post.
It means the world to me.
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The other day, I was experimenting with a PC motherboard and accidentally took a pretty cool shot. 😀
I shared it and many of you liked it. Thanks, people! You guys are Awesome!!
In case you missed it, here’s the final result, followed by the shot straight from camera.
Straight out of the camera
So as you can see, I didn’t have to do much in post. Except fix the sun which was too bright and distracting. Then I added the lens flare and did the color grading in NIK Color Effex Pro.
What I really want to show you is how the shot was taken. So let’s talk gears. Here’s the EXIF:
Shutter Speed: 30.0 sec
Canon 5D Mark 3
Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro lens
I chose a shutter speed of 30 seconds because I wanted to do a bit of Light painting to get the ‘sunset look’. As you can notice I got an orange tinted light coming from the back simulating a setting sun. And it also formed the shadows causing a bit of drama. I love ”Drama” in photographs! 😀
I set the aperture to the smallest (highest f/stop) cause I knew shooting up close with a macro lens would give me a really shallow depth of field. As you can notice, despite the f-stop, the shot is still quite shallow. But that’s okay. It gave a bit of Tilt-Shift look, which is cool, 😀
Now the sky!
BEHIND THE SHOT: Me and my Bigass Phone.
Tools! The phone on the right is covered with tissue for diffusion and colored orange to get the orange tint of a setting sun,
Yes! I just held my phone displaying a sunset photograph behind the motherboard. I was quite skeptical about the sky showing up in the photo. After a few trials and error. I finally got what I wanted.
I first tried with lights, but the whole ambiance was not working.. or maybe it was, I dunno.. now that I look back, I kinda like the last few shots with lights.. Anyways, then this awesome idea popped in my head and I felt like Jimmy Neutron. Man I used to love that show! *Nostalgia*
In case you don’t remember, that’s him in the picture below:
Okay, back to topic.
I got an idea to use a bit of light-painting in the image. For that, I used my friend’s Phone. The flash-torch of the phone is actually a pain to handle, especially for this kind of work. But I had to make do with what I had.
I tried to use it as the sun, and below are my first few attempts:
I tried a few with the lights on, FAIL.
Then I tried turning the lights off, then BAM. I was like, “THAT’s the look I want :D”
And then after a decent number of fails, I settled with the final shot because my phone’s charge was almost nil.
All in all, it was a fun experiment. I will be trying more concepts with the motherboard in the future. And I will be writing blog posts for any other interesting stuff I come across with.
If you have any questions, feedback, suggestions or if you simply wanna say Hello, drop me a message on my Facebook Page.
Thank you so much for your time and patience.
Have a good day/night.
I am slowly getting obsessed with the whole idea of miniature composites. To imagine a tiny world within the most ordinary of stuffs is simply wonderful. I created this Artwork titled ‘Riding a Little Late’ in which I managed to shrink myself and ride a toy Vespa I bought last week. 😀
now although this is not a very clean work, I would like to explain the whole thing in a bit more detail for my friends who would like to implement this concept in their own work. Hope this helps.
Here is the Final result in case you haven’t seen it. 🙂
Followed by the Original Images used.
Riding a Little Late by Aneel Neupane
Riding a Little Late by Aneel Neupane
ME! (I look like a complete retard -_- )
First, let’s talk Gears.
I used Canon EOS 550D and Canon 85mm f/1.8 Lens for all the shots. No external lights except for the ‘ME!’ shot. For that one, I used continuous Tungsten lights which is completely optional. In fact I could’ve lit myself to match the lighting of the background which would’ve made the whole process a lot more simpler.
It’s always a good idea to shoot a ‘Clean Plate’ if possible. You never know what you may need to change later. Basically, a clean plate is the shot of your background in the same settings without the main subject/s.
I shot the Hourglass high in the air cause I wanted the base of it to show. I took two shots of it because I wanted to have it levitated. I didn’t exactly have a plan while shooting. haha. Bad idea.
Oh and then there’s Me! I had to run back and forth to shoot myself. Wish I had a remote, though. Like I said, I could’ve thought this through and Lit myself properly. I had to work extra hard for matching the lights and shadows on my body and still failed. And as you can see below, I struggled with my body posture quite a bit before thinking of using a chair to rest my legs.
And The planes.
You know, I had to watch a tutorial on ‘How to make a basic Paper Plane’. Hashtag Embarrassing. And then After finally making the plane, I had to sit and brainstorm for suspending the planes in mid air. Then I asked my good friend Sam from Lens Madness who suggested that I use Tape. Smart, right?
Now, Enters PHOTOSHOP!!!!!!
Since the last few months, I’ve been working to improve my Organising methods and workflow in Photoshop. Now I’m proud to say that I work in a completely non-destructive way. Meaning, I can go back and change anything on any layer at anytime without affecting my workflow for the most part. I work based on smart objects and masks. For my friends who are new to Photoshop, I promise to explain my workflow in complete detail once I get even better at this. But until then, you guys should check out the tutorials from Phlearn. They have AMAZING Photoshop tutorials for both beginners and masters. Watch ALL their videos. Totally worth your time.
In this particular composite, The tricky part was fitting myself in the scooter. I don’t know if you noticed but the scooter’s front is bent too much to the back, I hadn’t planned for this so I had to improvise. This is where the Clean Plate came in Handy.
After this, I spent most of my time masking the planes. Then I used the brush tool to draw the lines. And I did the Final Color Grading in NIK Color Effex Pro Photoshop Plugin.
In this post, I wanted to share more of what happened and my thought process while shooting for the composite rather than the photoshop process. But in my further posts, I’ll explain that as well. So do keep yourself posted. 🙂
If you have any queries, suggestions and feedback of any shade, feel free to drop me a message on my Facebook Page.
Oh, and I started using instagram seriously-ish. So if you’re there, look me up @aneelneupane.
Thank you so much for taking your time to read this. I appreciate it deeply.
MY OWN WEBSITE!! How cool is that?? 😀
Its always been a dream of mine to have a domain on my own name. And now I actually have it. 😀 And I really like the layout and design of my site. I think its pretty neat.
And I’m launching the site today, when My Page hit 6000 Likes!!
Oh my god!! SIX THOUSAND LIKES!! I feel famous! When I started my page, I never imagined I would have this many followers.
Well, Here’s my site, and I hope you guys will like it. Let me know how you feel. I’m looking forward to hearing your feedback.
A million Thanks to Each and every one of you. You guys are Super AWESOME!!