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Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by Alpha Whiskey Photography, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. Alpha Whiskey Photography

    Alpha Whiskey Photography Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 5, 2013
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    A slight detour from the vehicular photography, this time someone asked me to make some shots with their figurine from the Alien movies. The figurine was around 25cm.
    I quickly constructed a spaceship 'corridor' by taping some black drinking straws together and then gluing the tape to some cardboard. The rest was smoke and light, and a glycerin and water mix sprayed onto the alien for additional shine and saliva.

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    The results in-camera were actually good enough that I (fortunately) didn't have to do a lot of additional editing or processing. I shot with tungsten white balance to give the bluish tinge reminiscent of the movies, and in post I removed any obvious joints in the model and added some saliva strands to the teeth (using a pic of dripping honey!). Some of the images were desaturated to give them a colder and more remote feel.

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    I don't think the last few images of the whole figure on the rock (actually a doorstop) or the close-ups were completely convincing but anyway. I'm happy (and so is the client) with the corridor shots. You can almost hear the hissing...

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    Remember folks, in space, as indeed on this forum, no one can hear you scream (at Alpha Whiskey).


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  2. Great photos. 4th last is my favourite.
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  3. Andrewmap

    Andrewmap Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jun 5, 2018
    Derby, United Kingdom
    Superb! it has the feel of the Nostromo:clapping:.
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  4. Wow these are really good :2thumbs: I think they really capture the look of the movies and the settings are really well done. Thanks for sharing.
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  5. TerriblePerson

    TerriblePerson Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 12, 2018
    You have the creativity and imagination I wish I could have. I super love photos from this kind of photography when there's a master behind it like you, but I don't have the innate creativity or patience for it.

    I know I could change that stuff about me. Do you have any advice for how to get a procrastinator to get into the genre?
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  6. Jeff Storck

    Jeff Storck Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Nov 21, 2017
    I’m afraid... very afraid...
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  7. Alpha Whiskey Photography

    Alpha Whiskey Photography Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 5, 2013
    I got into doing this mainly because I was getting bored with all the other types of photography I was doing. I need stimulation and I saw this genre as potential for some creativity married to my love of movies and action. But it also demands an understanding of lighting, framing and composition too, so that obviously plays into helping the photographic eye.

    The first thing I’d say is you have to want it. Because it will demand some time and patience from you, especially in the post-processing stage (at least initially) and I can tell you that I hate sitting in front of a screen for any measurable time. Although, I will say that the invention, construction and experimentation can be the fun part.

    Start small, using, for example as I did, toy cars. Select toys that have realistic enough details that you can fool the eye into believing they can be real (albeit with creative lighting and processing). With cars look at the wheels and the shut lines. Don’t be afraid to have your subject in silhouette (as above). Settle on a vision of what you want to see and then work backwards, figuring out what you can use or what you would need to bring to fruition.

    If you like these kind of movie tributes or dynamic action scenes then observe movies (or movie scenes) by renowned directors. It sounds really geeky but when I see a film I don’t just enjoy the spectacle and the story; I notice the camera angles, the lighting, the shadows and the colour scheme (or lack thereof). Amateur directors (like amateur photographers) will just shoot whatever’s in front of them. Good directors (and cinematographers) will have thought about how the (oftentimes subtle) colour scheme, light and framing of the scene contribute to the moment of action or drama and your perception of it. In other words, don’t be afraid to use the ‘pause’ button and study the shot, in the same way that you might study the composition of a painting. You’ll pick up a lot of good ideas. And the movie itself may fire you up and give you some inspiration.

    Most of all, don’t do it unless you enjoy it. Life is short and time is running out so it’s imperative to do what you find stimulating. Accept nothing less.

    That’s all I got for now. Hope it helps. Good luck :th_salute:
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  8. DefectiveMonk

    DefectiveMonk Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Jan 19, 2018
    Columbus, Ohio, US
    Here's my take on the doorstop image. The issue is the figurine, not the image. The image is easily as good as the others. What's making it feel less real is the pose of the figurine. The pose is not something a living thing would do. A person or animal would have the feet FIRMLY on the surface so they could move. I think, in this case, your pose is limited by the capabilities of the figurine and that no one could have done better.

    This is a fantastic series of images and I think I like it better than any of the car shoots you've done (although the garage was outstanding).
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  9. Tool Crazy

    Tool Crazy Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 5, 2018
    Awesome stuff
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  10. Bushboy

    Bushboy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 22, 2018
    Very creative and nicely done! Top class.
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  11. Kalifornier

    Kalifornier Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Apr 29, 2014
  12. Carbonman

    Carbonman Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 10, 2014
    Vancouver BC
    #4 and #6 are my favorites. Really well done!
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  13. rfaucher

    rfaucher Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2014
    Ajax, Ontario
    Rob Faucher
    Absolutely fantastic work! Well done!
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  14. EricRose

    EricRose Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 2, 2014
    The upper 12
    Eric Rose
    Nice to see some professional looking work. Well done.
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