"Final Touch" {Anatomy of a Photograph}

April 20, 2014  •  2 Comments

I was recently asked to be part of a really cool event called the Dreamathon taking place at the abandoned Granite High School.  I am still not 100% sure what my actual role will be with the event but I am grateful to be a part of it.  At the very least it will afford me an opportunity to spread the word about the "Anything Can Be project" and hopefully raise some more awareness for childhood cancer!  The Dreamathon seems to be an event that is very much in line with what I am trying to do with Anything Can Be and so I am happy to help out.  

Last Thursday I received a phone call from Johnny Patterson (the organizer of the Dreamathon).  Johnny asked me if I could come by the school the following day to take some pictures and possibly create something for the event.  Intrigued by the location and the possibilities it holds I agreed to stop by and see what I could come up with.  The concept was simply; depict a child painting something on the wall of one of the classrooms!  I was given a few images as examples of what Johnny was looking for, but was told I could make it my own.  Here is an image similar to the ones I was given:

For copyright purposes I didn't want to show the other images here.

Not one to shy away from a challenge I set out to make the concept my own.  Because of how last minute it was I decided to use my youngest son as the model.  He is usually down to pose for pictures, and when a bribe is thrown in then it is a given!  Granite High School is pretty run down, but they left a lot of things intact and so it offers a lot of visual possibilities.  Here is the room that I decided to use for the image.

 This image is the actual background for the final image.  This is an HDR image made up of three images with varying exposures.  The school's library still has shelves of scattered books so we gathered some for the image.  I borrowed the paint supplies from a muralist that was there working on another project.  I loved the natural light in the room so I decided to light everything to match the ambient light.  A one light configuration was used.

This is the image I used of Ben for the final photograph.  I set up my flash to mimic the window light coming from the right of the frame.

 These images contain a couple more elements I decided to add into the final image after I got home and started the composite.  I just shot these in my home and attempted to mimic the natural light from the classroom as best I could.

Like many of my imagination images I wanted the painter to have a cape.  The cape represents the limitless imagination that children have and the belief that anything is possible.  I think that as adults we sometimes forget the importance of dreaming and using our imaginations.  For the mural I decided I to use one of my favorite images and one of the first composites I ever did.  Ben as a fireman!

Once I had all the elements ready I went to Photoshop!  4-5 hours later this is the final result!  Let me know what you think!

For more information on the Dreamathon go here.  It starts on May 19th and ends May 24th 2014.

 

 


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2.Lisa Teran(non-registered)
Jon,
You are an inspiration. Your work has a spirit about it that is sacred. You are such a blessing to Millie's Princess Foundation. Thank you for sharing your gifts so generously.
1.Amanda(non-registered)
So impressive. You are a master at what you do and I love what you created with the guidelines you were given. Truly wonderful.
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