How You Shot It: Fine Art Underwater Portrait – ‘Siren’ by Jesper Anhede
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I am working on a mythology and fairy tale series – below is a sample from Snow White and Tinkerbell. (Photo idea inspired from the extremely talented Russian photographer Tatiana Mikhina).
How You Shot It
The setup is super basic. We borrowed a pool with a large glass wall on one side, put a black backdrop in the water and used only the natural light. My friend Cecilia (the model) is my photographic muse so I always harass her to try out new photo ideas. We basically just exhaled, descended in the water and taking shots like that over an over.
The Post Processing
Adobe Lightroom with SLR Lounge Lightroom Presets 5.1, Adobe Photoshop (Oil Paint filter and Liquify) finally Color Efex Pro 4 (Tonal Contrast and Detail Extractor) Analog Efex Pro to put on the final light effects. (See the four images for the different steps).
BASE – 30a. Vivid – Import
CURVES – 23b. Neutral Punch – Apricot
ADJUST – 12a. Levels Boost – Light
ADJUST – 61a. Noise Reduction – ISO 400
Manual final touch
Check Out the Behind the Scenes Video
This is a personal project I wanted to do just to see the result. I am planning to use the images for two purposes, to pitch a commercial gig and to make some kickass canvas for an exhibition.
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