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Levitation II



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21 Comments | Report
Forfarlass
 
Forfarlass March 05, 2015
congratulations on a well deserved win..
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 March 05, 2015
this is awesomeeee...Congrats! ")
iceman2
 
iceman2 March 05, 2015
Beautiful!Congrats
tetvet PRO+
 
tetvet March 05, 2015
cool shot,congrats
NykiW
 
NykiW March 05, 2015
Amazing work!
jasonaskim
 
jasonaskim March 05, 2015
WOW everything about it.....Great job
martinditchman
 
martinditchman March 05, 2015
Good work Larry
amberdavidsonanderson
 
amberdavidsonanderson March 05, 2015
Very cool! Congrats on the win.
RoyM
 
RoyM March 05, 2015
Good job!
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AlanJakarta March 05, 2015
Terrific image. Congratulations on being Featured.
nitti
 
nitti March 05, 2015
Outstanding....congrats
wymingteo
 
wymingteo March 05, 2015
Awesome!!!
larryneuberger
 
larryneuberger March 06, 2015
Thanks for the kind comments everyone.
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pjbell_1949 March 06, 2015
Wonderful story about to unfold in this photo…beautiful!
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Wizzard March 16, 2015
Congrats! Spectacular!
Time-Is-Moments
 
Time-Is-Moments March 27, 2015
Awesome!
elizabethannelemke
 
elizabethannelemke June 24, 2015
Amazing!
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bartwebb June 24, 2015
Love this!!
samanthaliddick
 
samanthaliddick July 15, 2015
love!
Remraf
 
Remraf August 08, 2015
Great shot!
Mulice
 
Mulice October 24, 2016
Hauntingly beautiful!!!
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in an old, abandoned, poorhouse in Angelica NY. I love photographing historic / abandoned buildings as well as working with models and this was a great chance to do something with both and create something cool.
Time
This was actually mid day, probably around 11 or 12 in the afternoon. Since we were indoors I figured it did not matter what time I took it. It just happened that the sun was in the perfect position to give the room as eeire feel and create some dramatic lighting.
Lighting
THe lighting was a little tough since it was a harsh back light. I had to shoot the background in HDR, then shoot my model normal and use post processing to make the two work together. I also had an off camera flash and reflector to help balance it more.
Equipment
This was shot with my old camera, a Canon xsi with a Tamron 17-50 2.8 lens.
Inspiration
I just wanted to create something different and eeire and at the time I had been looking into levitation photos. When I saw the room, which was as shot and I did not move or position any furniture, the idea just came to me to do the levitation idea. I felt it could create a sort of haunted look it.
Editing
Yes. I love post processing as much as I love the art of photographing things. I used Lightroom to make my basic adjustments then merged the HDR images in Photoshop. Once that was done I had to paint out the ladder she was on to get the levitation effect. From there it was a lot of masking and painting to grunge it up and add the fog. To finish it off I used Perfect Effects to layer some effects to the image and mask out the areas I did not want affected. It was a pretty intense, time consuming process but I learned a lot and was really happy with how it came out.
In my camera bag
My camera, of course, which I have since upgraded to a Canon 7D mkii. A few lenses - Tamron 17-50 2.8, Tamron 70-300, Canon 50mm 1.8. I also keep an assortment of filters handy, circular polarizer, ND, variable ND. My tripod is essential as well and depending on the situation I would normally bring my flash because it always seems like when I don;t think I need it and leave it behind, I wind up needing it.
Feedback
My best advice is to take lots of photos. You can never have too many to work with. I had to set up the camera, camera settings,focus, and tripod with my model on a ladder or a piece of furniture and get her shot in various poses. Then the model leaves the spot and using the same focus and settings I used with with the model, photograph the room. I knew I wanted more grunge so I shot in HDR but you can do single exposures as well. Then it is all Photoshop and experimenting with different things to get the look you want.

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