reply to post by rootzgemini
Thank you again.
The personalizing of the piece, since the project may be slated for an eventual calendar, may be a little much in the sense that I'm hoping to keep
the compositions vague enough such for pretty much anyone to relate.
I do, however, appreciate the ideas. I'll take any input offered from anyone into consideration.
As to how I put compositions like this together; the short answer is: original photos shot by me, then lots of Photoshop.
I start with a photo shoot working with either myself, a model, or a client as a subject.
Typically this is a client, and due to legal contractual obligations, most client photo shoots remain personal and private with the client and I
can't show the work. In some cases, however, a model is contracted, or agrees on contract as a client (for discounted rates) to allow usage of work
essentially how I please.
If i'm my own model, then, well, I can do whatever.
This second is a benefit as the model will continue to get derivatives, composites, and revision work sometimes over the course of years as new ideas
get applied to old work.
This particular piece is a multi-composite derived from several original photos.
I can point you to a link for a better idea, but, you'd have to U2U me for the link since posting it would be a violation of T&C due to nudity.
Most photo shoots I do, the subject is nude. Nothing kinky there, or pornographic. Nudity is beautiful, plus, it's much easier to dress up a model
with clothes/outfits I create, than to erase, or work around clothing already on a model.
Originally this was shot leaning against a mirror. It was framed upper chest to near top of head.
Two separate frames where then put together to get the back to back twin with both twins looking out to the observer-perspective.
For awhile, that was it, a composite of two frames.
Eventually I wanted to expand on that image, so taking many other photos that were shot at the same time, I stitched together roughly a dozen
different shots to get a full body setting both sides.
It was an okay image, but, the new composite with full view wasn't the equal of the original close cropped composite.
From there, It was a matter of creating outfits by 'painting' over the bodies, adding background and other elements, and lots and lots and lots of
adjustments, one which can be seen from the OP image, compared to the next updated image.
This was all done using Adobe Photoshop.
Setting challenge levels to do composites where I Frankenstein stitch many different photos together to get a whole new pose and look that was never
shot originally, where one of the rules is that no new shots can be used (only ones used during that shoot session) and then dressing it all up for
something original is more of the 'Art' side really than the end result.
Client work is rarely ever so involved as a piece like this can take a few weeks or more to be completed. Some of that time is spent NOT working on
the piece on purpose because spending too much time at one stretch one can lose objectivity.
Anyway, yeah, short answer: original photos shot by me, then lots of Photoshop.
Right now, i'm working on a different piece to give me some distance from this one before working on this more. While not working on this I make a
list of ideas and thoughts, and then on revisit, I start making those things happen, or play with them enough to see if they'll 'work'.
As part of the Gemini aspect on this, I wanted to put some stars in the sky, but not Gemini. Instead, I thought it'd be fun to put a view of Earth,
or Sol system with neighboring stars FROM the Gemini area.
Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find a program that lets me zip around the universe to get different views of Earth from different places.
There might be a program out there, but, i just haven't found it. Eh.
Ah, enough of my babbling.