Today I was home sick, and honestly slept most of my day away. I woke up this afternoon feeling achy and a little stir crazy. I know I should have been going back to sleep, but instead I shot a self portrait. What more do you want from a conceptual photographer?
Anyway, I got to thinking about editing styles and am coming to this place where I am ok with (dare I say it?)... a little less editing. A lot of photographers, even some of my idols, rely on heavy editing to create over the top (and truly fantastic) pieces of art that take hours to edit and create. I am coming to a place where I want to create fantastical images but have them appear as if whatever the unbelievable occurrence or subject is, is still set in every day life.
The image I shot today was birthed from a moment of realization I had today thinking... I am no less than any of these famous photographers I admire every day. My workspace may not be as glamorous, my gear may not be as expensive, but I have fantastic ideas and I am excited to share my talent with the world.
Below you'll see the before and after overall editing. Obviously this is after my composite work, but you get the idea. I wanted to bring out more detail in my surroundings and show that I truly am floating, and not just resting my knee on the piano, so I brought up the shadows enough to show those details and soften the overall image. After that I brought in a little more contrast, and called it a day. I entertained the idea of additional coloring and work, but decided... You know what? I am sticking to that good ole fashioned saying "Less is More."
A few people have been asking me for details of my images, so for those interested... I shot this specific image at 1/160 f 2.0 and ISO 2500 with a 50mm lens.
And there you have it, ladies and gents. Today's image "Lost in Work" for your viewing pleasure.