JosiahMendoza
JosiahMendoza

Exhaling



When her trees die, Mother Nature comes out for a brief moment to watch Autumn's final breathe.
I glued over 300 craft and real leaves onto her dress. She...
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When her trees die, Mother Nature comes out for a brief moment to watch Autumn's final breathe.
I glued over 300 craft and real leaves onto her dress. She is also standing on a foot stool. I had a PCB Einstein with a softlighter II modifier, camera left and high.
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Contest Finalist in Fall 2016 Photo Contest
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Runner Up in I Love This Color Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in I Love This Color Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Fantasy Portraits Photo Contest
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Anything People Photo ContestTop 10 class
Anything People Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Everything Nature Photo ContestTop 10 class
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The Talent AwardsTop 10 class
Once Upon A Time Photo ContestTop 10 class
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Fall 2017 Photo ContestTop 10 class
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World Photography Day Photo ContestTop 10 class
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World Photography Day Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 2Top 10 class
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Worldscapes Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Image of the Year Photo Contest by SnapfishTop 10 class
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I Love This Color Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
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58 Comments | Report
loripeterson
 
loripeterson November 09, 2014
Amazing image!
hannagrace
 
hannagrace January 13, 2015
stunning image!
Remraf
 
Remraf February 14, 2015
Great shot!
MarkKock
 
MarkKock February 14, 2015
Wow, that is so fantastic beautiful, my words cant express... Thank you so much for using so much energy and creativity to make such a great shot :-). PERFECT :-)!
jhonnyyang
 
jhonnyyang February 14, 2015
amazing work
kathymuhle PRO+
 
kathymuhle February 14, 2015
Gorgeous photo - love it - congrats for winning a feature!
kathymuhle PRO+
 
kathymuhle February 14, 2015
Stunning - voted magical portraits
kathymuhle PRO+
 
kathymuhle February 14, 2015
Voted amazing people
naturalmoments
 
naturalmoments February 14, 2015
Just simply GORGEOUS!!! The landscape blending into her is just stunning. GREAT job
hotpixel
 
hotpixel February 14, 2015
Stunning work !! Congrats !!
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta February 14, 2015
Beautiful image. Congratulations on being Featured.
robhansen
 
robhansen February 14, 2015
Fantastic Artistry !!
Joanna101 PRO+
 
Joanna101 February 14, 2015
This is unbelievably beautiful.Thank you for your creativity - and hard work!
p_eileenbaltz PRO
 
p_eileenbaltz February 14, 2015
GORGEOUS!!!
BrianpSlade
 
BrianpSlade February 14, 2015
Great artistic work & vision....well done and congrats....Brian
tetvet PRO+
 
tetvet February 14, 2015
WOW, great shot, nice concept and staging, congrats
PatleV
 
PatleV February 14, 2015
What a beautiful image, amazing creativity
lindamcbride
 
lindamcbride February 14, 2015
Fantastic image, great composition well deserved and effort
chuckrickman Premium
 
chuckrickman February 14, 2015
Artistically magnificent. Congrats on a well deserved feature.
JosiahMendoza
 
JosiahMendoza February 14, 2015
Thanks everyone!
sweetpea72 PRO
 
sweetpea72 February 14, 2015
Love this.. Congrats!
Ingleman
 
Ingleman February 14, 2015
Clever, and very effective. Super shot!
melissapapaj PRO
 
melissapapaj February 14, 2015
Wow!!! Gorgeous!
PaulHenryStudios PRO
 
PaulHenryStudios February 14, 2015
Nice work. congrats
juliedrummond
 
juliedrummond February 15, 2015
Stunning image, very creative!
pfairchild
 
pfairchild February 16, 2015
"Leaves" me speechless!! Honestly, just beautiful :)
dareco PRO+
 
dareco February 19, 2015
WOW! voted!
gabajo
 
gabajo February 19, 2015
Stunning Capture! BRAVO
CherylG
 
CherylG February 22, 2015
Incredible work!! Congratulations!!
LCdutch PRO
 
LCdutch March 05, 2015
What a creative presentation of Mother Nature. All captured in the old world colors and lighting... Like capturing time. Larry
VHiggins
 
VHiggins March 06, 2015
This is magical! congratulations!
Tom_Floor
 
Tom_Floor March 06, 2015
Wow!
Simonalesbrook
 
Simonalesbrook March 07, 2015
Superb atmospheric composition
Angana
 
Angana March 20, 2015
Exalting,rather! :)
Desha
 
Desha April 13, 2015
LOVE!
wenchejostad PRO+
 
wenchejostad May 13, 2015
Congratulations....I love the light, the colors and the creativity :)
karlvoss
 
karlvoss May 20, 2015
This image is very creative and has impact. Great shot. This is far superior to the winner. I don't see anything exciting about the winner. You won in my eyes.
josephinecaruana PRO
 
josephinecaruana May 21, 2015
Simply stunning
HappyTree PRO+
 
HappyTree May 28, 2015
This is lovely!
cherylmuir PRO+
 
cherylmuir May 28, 2015
Absolutely gorgeous!
Angel1957
 
Angel1957 June 17, 2015
Great idea!! Do you make your waredrobe?
michaeltillman PRO+
 
michaeltillman August 10, 2015
This is fantastic. All I can think about is how patient you had to be to prep the modal and scene for the shot. You should be doing movies. great shot.
Tiphara_Art
 
Tiphara_Art August 10, 2015
Brilliant!
stephenwong PRO
 
stephenwong August 21, 2015
Beautiful use of colour. Great concept and execution. Spectacular image.
kevinroyal
 
kevinroyal August 24, 2015
I love this type of photograhy
CarloBaroncini
 
CarloBaroncini January 03, 2016
very goog work indeed!,I love it,you are great!
nandoharmsen PRO
 
nandoharmsen October 12, 2016
amazing
christianmadsen PRO
 
christianmadsen October 28, 2016
Wonderful embodiment of Autumn, creative and striking capture and wonderful processing!
JanHalls PRO
 
JanHalls November 13, 2016
What a great idea having the dress look like fall leaves too.
adavies PRO
 
adavies September 29, 2017
Lovely image! Really well done! If you haven't done so already, please consider joining my People Enjoying the Leaves of Fall challenge:)
https://viewbug.com/challenge/people-enjoying-the-leaves-of-fall-photo-challenge-by-adavies
julieohara
 
julieohara April 12, 2018
Absolutely stunning! The colors and the landscape and the blending and the lighting Just amazing!
gumervega
 
gumervega May 17, 2018
awesome
cindyackleynunn PRO+
 
cindyackleynunn July 17, 2018
Breathtaking!
non_dairy
 
non_dairy Jan 22
Beautiful work
gman176
 
gman176 Sep 27
Wonderful image!
Arzhtatiana PRO
 
Arzhtatiana Oct 06
Nice work!
El_Toro_Studios
 
Beautifully composed capture. Well done!
khoitranduc
 
khoitranduc Nov 13
Wow! Lovely style & capture

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Behind The Lens

Location
I am a self-taught photographer living in Northern Virginia, just outside of Washington DC. This shot was taken at a park near my friend's house(model) because we wanted to make it as easy as possible, since we had to put the dress on at the house with the craft leaves already glued on. It was cold outside, so we were definitely trying to do this fast!
Time
We went out there around 5pm, just as the sun was setting, and it was happening pretty fast. I do things on the fly, so I didn't plan the amount of time it would take to complete the dress. We had to glue on about 20% in the field, since we wanted to use about 100 real leaves. Everything in the photo is real, except a few areas that I had to stamp in with extra leaves. She's also standing on a foot stool to "stretch" the dress and make it look more elegant.
Lighting
I used 1 PCB Einstein 640 in a Photek Softlighter II. It was a little higher than her and angled. I put it camera left and just out of frame.
Equipment
I used a Canon 5d Mark III with an 85mm lens and on a tripod. I composited separate shots of her throwing leaves in the air for the falling leaves effect.
Inspiration
The most influential person that inspired me to take this shot was Kirsten Mitchell's Wonderland photos. All of them were so thought out, along with the fact that everything was 100% real. Those are the artists that inspire me. The ones that do 99% in the field instead of sitting at their desk on Photoshop.
Editing
I imported the shot straight to Photoshop and did some color grading, along with changing the leaves to red and yellow, since most of them were turning brown by the time. I composited the leaves falling from other shots I had of her throwing them in the air. I clone stamped some gaps in the dress where I didn't put a few leaves and left holes.
In my camera bag
If I could afford to have multiple camera bodies and lenses I would! I just have a Canon 5d Mark iii, Canon lenses 85mm 1.2 ii, 50mm 1.4, and the 24-70 2.8 ii. I also have a few Canon speedlights that I only use for events. I love bringing my Einsteins out in the field, even though it's more work. I have more variety with those.
Feedback
ANYONE can take a shot like this! That's the easy part! The hard part is actually coming up with it. Creativity is the hardest part in fine art photography.

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