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I had this concept for a project I’m working on entitled “REAL”. So I came up with the idea of the juxtaposition of a very real person with a bunch of fake versions of him in a crowd behind him. All I needed was a bunch of mannequins all dressed exactly alike and a model who was about the same height and weight, as well as the right age. Well, finding the mannequins proved to be difficult so we bought two of them at a whopping $140 each. Then, I thought of a young man in high school who attends our church who fit the part. Jordan Valdez was a good sport and agreed to do a little modeling for me on this project.
I then went to Old Navy and had my seventeen year old daughter and my wife help me choose three identical sets of clothes that are cool, but not dated or trendy. Next, the three hour photo shoot. Jordan’s part took about 45 minutes as it was easy enough to shoot him in front of the two mannequins. Then came the chore of moving the mannequins around the room and shooting about a hundred different frames. I kept the lighting stationary and the camera on a tripod to shoot the same scene every time. I set the lens to manual focus so that the depth of field remained as true as it would be if the image were all shot at the same time. Also, wanting to capture a convincing perspective instead of just duplicating the same two mannequins, I shot at 24mm to get the wide angle effect you see on the far right and far left of the photo. It gives a real feeling of the natural perspective of standing in front of the crowd and adds a little bit of quirkiness to the image through the distortion of the wide angle lens.
This images is a composite of 17 different shots all edited together into one. I’m very pleased with the results and plan to do more of this sort of shooting in the near future because I love the feeling of this photo. There is something peaceful about it but in an eerie sort of way. I love the dimensionality of the image and how it seems like you could walk right through the crowd. I also like the humanity that is evident in Jordan’s posture when juxtaposed with the crowd of robot-like imposters. Most of all, I’m pleased with how well the finished piece matches the initial concept. Like the A-Team… I love it when a plan comes together!
Since I get asked a lot of questions like “How did you do that?” and “what kind of lighting did you use?”, I’m going to start posting answers to those questions. I get a lot of comments and questions about this photo, in particular, so I’ll start with this one.
Q: Who is the blond in the photo? (Yes, that is an actual question.)
A: She is an aspiring model and actress in Nashville, Tennessee who goes by the name DELICIAE. You can find her here.
Q: Where did you take that picture?
A: In my kitchen. Yes, really. My family is very accommodating of my profession. :P
Q: What kind of lighting were you using?
A: This image was shot with single source lighting and a reflector. The light is a ring flash (ABR800) with a Moon Unit softbox diffuser.
Q: What camera configuration were you shooting with?
A: I shot this with a Canon EOS 5D and a Canon EF24-70 f/2.8L USM
Q: what settings were you shooting?
A: The settings were as follows:
ISO speed rating: 100
F-Stop: 1/200 sec
Focal length: 43mm
There was very little (minor) post editing on the shot. I try to get the image the very best it can be straight out of the camera. It yields the best quality that way. Any other questions about this photo feel free to email me with your specific questions here.
This is just too good not to share with fellow photographers. I began getting emails this morning from a man who thinks I am selling photos of him as he is sleeping. What makes it funny is that the photo is of me! Talk about mistaken identity! This guy apparently doesn’t even know who he is.
I tried to reason with the guy and tell him that it is, in fact, me in the photo. That is my CPAP mask, my pillow, my sheets, and my head! I posed for the picture and fired the camera and strobe via remote control. He responded to ask for confirmation that it is in fact me and not him. What a kooky scenario. This is hysterical to me.
So I asked him how he thought someone snuck into his house and took a photo of him sleeping. He said that he thought the sleep center who did his sleep study had taken a photo of him during the study and was selling the photo for profit without his permission. Furthermore, he needed proof that it was not a photo of him for his attorney!
Five minutes later, I get a call from iStockphoto and when I said “Is this about Raul?” they started laughing and said, “How did you know?” The guy even contacted iStock’s legal department! I gave her a brief description of my conversation with the guy and explained that it is me in the photo (which they already knew) and I provided them with the email correspondence.
I’ve been mistaken for other people before, but I’ve never had anyone mistake himself for me! Is this another form a hero worship? He thinks I look so attractive in that CPAP mask that he just wants to be me. I wonder if this falls into the category of identity theft! :)