After my disappointing grocery store trip that yielded little in the way of decent photos, I decided to throw up a backdrop and try out some more jumping shots Saturday night, with the intention this time of flipping them to look like I was falling. It’s a different sort of jumping this requires – I am used to facing the camera as I leap, and trying to get my legs as high off the floor as possibly to add to the effect of height, but for these flipped shots I just need to look like I am falling backwards or forwards, so I can make smaller leaps with my feet staying closer to the floor. It’s also a fairly different process to edit the shots, but in spite of the differences I think this was a successful experiment.
I also noticed how different it is to jump without all the fabric and hair to worry about as I usually do. I’m normally concerned with getting the hair and the clothing to move in a certain way, but here, it was just my body I had to concern myself with. The tutu wasn’t going to flow in any other direction but outward no matter what I did, and since I had no wig on I didn’t have to concern myself with flinging it about. The end result was a lot of really nice jumps that didn’t have some of the usual bloopers such as wonky hands or weird faces, although that did happen on occasion. But all I had to think about was keeping the toes pointed and the fingers from going crazy and I think that’s why I got so many good shots in such a short time. Not that this means I’m ready to reject my usual layers of flowy clothing and long hair, because I will always love that stuff. But sometimes it’s nice to change things up.
Of course, the occasional weird face did make it into the set. I still liked this one enough to process it in spite of the strange expression.
Because I didn’t get started until later in the evening (I usually set up and shoot in the morning and early afternoon) I did not bother with stage makeup or an elaborate outfit; I also didn’t much feel like putting on a wig – I just wanted to jump around.
I used one of the fabulous headscarves I bought from BeauBeau headcovers – these things are great if you are like me and can never successfully tie a real scarf around your head. They’re pre-tied and just slip over your head like a cap. I love the look of a good scarf over my hair, and even though they are marketed towards women with hair loss I have a ton of them and wear them quite often – but I digress.
I also incorporated another plastic mask I got from Party City, a white one this time, but I’ve found that after trying masks out twice, I really don’t care for what they do to a photo. I guess I like faces and facial expressions too much, or maybe I need to buy better masks instead of the $3 cheapies at the party store. Not sure, but neither time I used them was I pleased with the effect. So I most likely won’t be doing that again.
For the tutu pics, such as those I’ve shared above, the lack of stage makeup didn’t bug me too much, but I also wanted to test out this idea I’ve had for quite awhile and keep forgetting to try, which is layering myself in petticoats and letting them all fly about in jumping shots. I did put a wig on for these, and I really felt the lack of proper makeup later when processing them. I am not criticizing my appearance without loads of war paint or anything – it’s just that in photos, with the amount of bright light I use, facial features disappear if they’re not exaggerated. My eyebrows in particular won’t show up at all, and my eyes appear to sink back into my skull. I’ll have to try this again when I have time to apply a full face. Also, I need to fluff up the petticoats some more, that bottom green one wasn’t moving about as much as the blue one and it kept leaving a “gap” in the material.
Love that wig! It’s a Gothic Lolita, of course.
I have tons more of the tutu ones to process, and a few more with the petticoats I’d like to work with also; this isn’t even everything I worked on the past two days. In fact, I sat at my computer processing shots from 10 AM to 3 PM Sunday, which would be pathetic if it didn’t produce something I consider to be art at the end of it all. But it did, so I am happy. Also, while I usually work with different filters and textures for each shot I edit from the same shoot, this time I kept the process the same for all the tutu shots (except for the mask ones) which feels a little odd to me, but I thought it created a better sense of consistency. I am always changing up what I do and how I do it, so that’s what I went with this time. Here’s a quick collage of everything I’ve edited so far:
By the way, I use good old Pixlr for my collages. Is there anything that program can’t do?
And that one in the middle occurred right before I tore down the set; Sprocket had made himself comfortable on the fleece blanket I’d laid down on the floor, so I decided to do a few leaps over him for fun. Here’s the one I ended up processing:
These are all spectacular, imho! I love the white mask shots, btw. Sprocket looks so unperturbed – he is just a doll. The multicolored petticoats shot is really gorgeous. What a lot of work, but looks like it was totally worth it. 🙂
The shots were easy this time; I’ve gotten to where setup is fairly quick and when I’m going jump shots I know what to do. Processing took awhile, but to me is akin to a kid coloring in a coloring book – it’s just fun.
These are uber wonderful. You look to me like a professional dancer. Seriously!
That’s the goal of the photo, but certainly NOT the reality! Thanks 🙂
Your “Originality” is mind bending over here. Wonderful group and efforts.
I love the head covers they are really cool,you look so stylish and beautiful, hope your getting over the Broc problem! lol xxxx
Thank you – so far so good with the bronchitis. When I was jumping Saturday night I did feel tightness in my chest after awhile, so I took it easy. But the coughing appears to have passed. I’m hoping that lasts!
My faves is the first one, The one with the wonky face cause it looks like you’re scared falling. The masked one and you and your pooch and the last. But I would get the first one to stick on my wall.
That’s what I was going for but I thought maybe it looked silly, LOL!
I love these photos, they look like so much fun. Your last set of photos made me think about the only time we had a jump shot as a family, Dad failed to launch and my brother jumped so much higher than me (I think he dragged me down to get lift off 🙂 ). I asked Dad to photoshop the photo and invert it to look like I’m falling, to go with the title Fall into Winter blog post, he cut himself and Matt out of the picture really well other than my weird claw hands, he’s working on the hands tonight (he’s a real perfectionist). I’ve told him I want him to teach me how to do photoshop this Christmas.
Ps I’d love those hair scarves for a bad hair day 🙂
I still barely know Photoshop! I use all sorts of cheap & free programs for different processes; PS is such a bear. Thanks!
Thank you Luanne!
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