That’s right – an octopus.
You may remember our feature with Lauri Laukkanen working with Jen on the same project. That one did not have an octopus though.
Using hypersync, strobes, and ND filters, Von Wong was able to create dramatic lighting situations that looked completely different, all during the same photo shoot.
But this shoot not only played with lighting techniques and dealt with some crazy last minute changes, it also included attaching seafood to Jen’s face.
All I can say is, I will never look at sushi the same again.
BTS | Facing Your Fears & Crazy Seafood Action
Face Your Fear
You want to do what with an octopus?
The concept of placing an octopus on the model’s face was by, well, the model. After a memorable experience with calamari-induced food poisoning, Jen decided facing her fear head on would make for a perfect conceptual shoot.
He reeked of old fish…and he was sprawled all over my face! His long slimy legs slid slowly down my neck, his heavy jelly head flopped to the side and my breaths became as short as I could possibly make them without passing out.
But how do you take that sense of parolizing fear and translate it on camera? Queue the Von Wong…
I wanted to make sure that all the attention and tension that a person would feel from ripping an octopus off ones face could be clearly captured.
That meant a shallow depth of field and a strobe placed just above Jen to separate her from the grey background.
In Castaway, the challenge was different. They wanted to create a night scene during the day. Solution: ND filters to underexpose the cloudy daylight and strobes with gels to light and tone the subject.
Voilá – instant nighttime.
For the Gear Heads
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Win a Print from Von Wong & theprintspace
Von Wong is partnering with theprintspace to give away a print from this photo shoot called Shipwrecked. Click here for more details.
Until Next Time . . .
Stay Inspired ~ Jules
CREDITS: Photographs by Von Wong and Jen Brook have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.