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Meet my son, Emil. This is our first levitation game.

Meet my son, Emil. This is our first levitation game.
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Contest Finalist in Levitation Art Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Experimental Photography Project
Contest Finalist in The Art Of Levitation Photo Contest
Honorable Mention in High Tech Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in High Tech Photo Contest
People's Choice in Levitation Photo Challenge
People's Choice in Levitation Photo Challenge
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Creative Visions Photo ContestTop 20 class
Creative Visions Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Levitation Art Photo ContestTop 10 class
Levitation Art Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Experimental Photography ProjectTop 20 class
Experimental Photography ProjectTop 10 class week 1
Fantasy In Color Photo ContestTop 20 class
Fantasy In Color Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Experimental Light Photo ContestTop 30 class
Experimental Light Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
The Magic Of Editing Photo ContestTop 30 class
The Magic Of Editing Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Fairytale Portraiture Photo ContestTop 30 class
Fairytale Portraiture Photo ContestTop 30 class week 1
Post Editing Magic Photo ContestTop 10 class
I Love This Room Photo ContestTop 30 class
Post Editing Magic Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Photography And Levitation Photo ContestTop 10 class
Photography And Levitation Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
Photography And Levitation Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Creative Compositions Photo Contest Vol4Top 20 class week 1
Fairytale Moments Photo ContestTop 30 class
Fairytale Moments Photo ContestTop 20 class week 2
Fairytale Moments Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
A Fantasy World Photo ContestTop 20 class
A Fantasy World Photo ContestTop 20 class week 3
A Fantasy World Photo ContestTop 20 class week 2
A Fantasy World Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
The Art Of Levitation Photo ContestTop 10 class
The Art Of Levitation Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
The Art Of Levitation Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
High Tech Photo ContestTop 30 class
High Tech Photo ContestTop 30 class week 2
High Tech Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Fantasy World Photo ContestTop 10 class
Fantasy World Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
Mix It Up Photo ContestTop 30 class week 1
Imagination Photo ContestTop 20 class
Imagination Photo ContestTop 30 class week 3
Creative Props Photo ContestTop 20 class
Levitation Photo ContestTop 30 class
Levitation Photo ContestTop 30 class week 1

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4 Comments | Report
SuzMDixon PRO
 
SuzMDixon May 10, 2015
I love this. I don't usually like levitation shots, but this one really reminds me of my son and his absorption when he's gaming.
FrankSomma PRO
 
FrankSomma August 13, 2015
He's about a milasecond from being transported into another dimension! Fantastic Helen!
Helen_Mountaniol PRO
Helen_Mountaniol August 16, 2015
Thank you!
edandaniphone Premium
 
edandaniphone October 18, 2015
Awesome!
Helen_Mountaniol PRO
Helen_Mountaniol October 18, 2015
Thank you!
Beno62 PRO+
 
Beno62 May 13, 2017
Gravity defeated!
Helen_Mountaniol PRO
Helen_Mountaniol May 16, 2017
Totally! :-)

Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo in my home. On this picture you can see my son, who is a big fan of video games. He is also a professional model.
Time
This photo was taken at about 6 PM at one of the summer vacation days. My son, as he very often does in his spare time, was spending many hours with his new PlayStation, sinking deep into the world of games. So, I thought it would be a great idea to hang around with him and take some photographs of him. Then, indeed, we found ourselves high on life that evening!
Lighting
This photograph is a combination of several shots taken with different exposures and using several lighting sources. I intended to use only natural light to create the scene as natural as possible. The idea was to make it look like a snapshot – a casual episode of some domestic picture. I lighted a reading lamp in the corner to accentuate the domestic atmosphere. Essentially, I wanted the child’s face to be lit by the light coming from the monitor. Unfortunately, as the game was on, the light for it was poor. Therefore, before taking the shots of the face, we had adjusted TV screen to emit as much white light as possible. Then we made a separate frame for the picture on the monitor by choosing an appropriately illuminated screenshot from that video game. The room has an exposure of several seconds; it is illuminated by daylight with addition of the reading lamp in the corner.
Equipment
This picture is a combination of eight pictures so I used tripod and remote control to prevent any shifting. It is very important for the merging several pictures in Photoshop. The camera is Nikon D750 the lens is Nikkor 16-35 f/4.
Inspiration
Like many parents, I deeply care for the issue of kids’ involvement in computer games. For my boy, games are a substantial part of his life; sometimes it is hard to divert his attention from computer to another activity. I found my inspiration for the “levitating” picture of my son when I saw him playing as passionately, so I could literally think of him as having his head high in the clouds.
Editing
Post-processing of this photo consisted of merging several frames in Photoshop. This body position was pretty difficult for the model to keep; therefore, some photos best captured an expression on his face, others – his arms or legs placing. Together we have picked the takes we loved the most. Then I had to remove the chair from beneath his belly, on which he had actually rested during the session. I used layers and masks to complete this step. The photo also required a color correction because there were different exposures and lightning sources.
In my camera bag
Usually, I take Nikon D750 with me, the lenses are: Nikkor 16-35 f/4, Nikkor 50 f/1.8, and my favorite Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8. In addition, I always carry a tripod and a camera remote in my photo kit, because I often photograph landscapes.
Feedback
I absolutely recommend on making “levitating” pictures with your children! This would be a terrific fun; for my son, some of the post-processing stages were exciting and looked like magic and the result gave joy to him and to his friends. From the technical point of view, it would be very important to fix the camera as tight as you can, adjust the focus on the point of your choice, change the mode to manual. From this moment, you operate your camera only with the remote, not touching it, this saves you from getting problems with merging the frames later.

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