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8 Comments | Report
Ruslan_Lavrentyev
 
Ruslan_Lavrentyev July 08, 2021
Color theory. Eye-catching!
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Sandypartlow4 December 20, 2021
Congratulations
Jeremydean80 Platinum
 
Jeremydean80 December 20, 2021
Congratulations on being people's choice in the contrasting tones contest! What an amazing image! Nicely done!
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JoanieP December 24, 2021
congrats , outstanding capture.
robdaniel Ultimate
 
robdaniel December 31, 2021
Very clever, so well put together!!
JoBern
 
JoBern Jan 03
Love it. Great imagination.
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JJackRonalds Jan 19
Colours galore...really well done .
dewaynerawlings PRO+
 
Very creative with gorgeous colors

Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo during COVID quarantine and so it was in my childhood room in Southern California. Growing up, my bedroom was my creative oasis for the most random art projects and so taking these photos back where my creativity sprouted was a true treasure for me. I took the paints that I once used for the paintings that fill my bedroom walls and began applying random colors in abstract shapes on my face. Once I had everything set up, I laid on my old, faded rug and started taking photos. But as I took the photos, it looked imbalanced with such an extravagant subject with such an average background. So I go to my mother's room and silently grab all of the scarves she owns while she is on a Zoom meeting - the epitome of COVID.
Time
It was one of those days where I couldn't stand sitting at my desk, working on the computer any longer, so I went to my creative desk with the intent to paint or draw until I stumbled upon childhood photos that showed bath time with watercolors and shaving cream. When I saw how happy I was in the absolute mess of color and foam, I wanted to do something as creative and incorporate my growing photography skills. It was around lunch time that I had finished with painting my face and regretted my timing because it was almost impossible to eat. By the time I am finally content with the setup, it was closer to dinner, but it was mid spring so the sun was still high and illuminating my room.
Lighting
I wanted the photo to focus on the boldness of the colors, so the lighting was important to bring out the colors without being too strong and taking away from the texture of the paint and scarves. Due to the spring bright sunlight, I didn't have to work too hard to get the room to be bright with evenly dispersed light. It was essential to have solid contrast in the folds of the scarves, so the positioning of the fabric had to be altered rather than the light since I was using natural light.
Equipment
This was shot on a D5200 Nikon with a portable, lightweight aluminum tripod as that was all I had at the time. Since it was a last minute idea and I was at my childhood home, I didn't have much equipment to work with so it made it even more fun with the challenge.
Inspiration
During the period of COVID, I really needed a creative release and so I picked up my camera again, which I hadn't since the previous summer vacation. I wanted to expand my photography style and be more adventurous in my subjects and locations. However, with the situation of the time, I couldn't really venture out in unique locations due to COVID and so I focused on at-home photography with objects, nature, and portraits. Thus when I thought of painting my face and working with all things color, I was excited to see where my artistic eye would take me and I never thought it would turn out this cool.
Editing
As I consider myself still an amateur in Lightroom and especially Photoshop, I simply focus on bringing out the best lighting, contrast, and colors. I wanted to evoke the feeling of awe when seeing the display of color and texture in this photo and the abstractness of a face swallowed in a sea of scarves.
In my camera bag
Since my first and only camera was gifted to me on my sixteenth birthday and I have been slowly expanded my skills and equipment, I don't have too much in my bag. I use a Nikon D3500 with two lenses, one general starter lens and another from my sister used for distance shooting. I have a light weight aluminum travel tripod and an older tripod that my dad used when he was young. With this base start of equipment, I hope to grow my photography equipment and learn how to advance my skills as well.
Feedback
Even if you are just starting out in any creative field, don't be intimidated that you can't create something amazing just because you are inexperienced. I have learned a lot along the way, sometimes embarrassed in the moment when not knowing how to do something, other times feeling completely in my element. Everyone's journey is unique to their own path and what comes of it can be extraordinary.

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