Shoot: Moss Image
For this image, we're using a lot of moss to create a rather creepy scene in this space, and I love creepy, so this is probably the most exciting moment yet during this series because I really feel a sense of everything coming together in one space and looking exactly as I envision, but I cannot take all the credit for this because I just drew a terrible little sketch of what I wanted and then all of my friends made it happen by putting this moss on the wall. So we bought moss, and its sort of like little sheets of it and I have an example here of what we haven't used yet, so this is the moss that we're using, just sort of little sheets. And we used tape to put it up on the wall and then double-sided tape to stick it to our subject on the wall right now. We have her standing on an apple box just so that she's elevated a little bit. My end goal being that I'm going to photograph her feet separately and when I photograph her feet I'll be able to add them in later to make it look like she...
's dangling in the scene. So the idea is that the moss is growing all through this corner of the room and it is enveloping our subject as though she is just completely melted into this space. This was a really exciting image for me because it's happening in real time as we see it right now. A lot of the time I rely on Photoshop, and I think that is totally fine if you rely on Photoshop. I do very frequently, but in this case I thought that it would be really helpful to have the moss in the space. One, because I don't live in a place where I can purchase moss easily or where I can go out and find it easily, so I thought, you know what, I'm just going to get as much moss as I can into one space, make sure that the lighting is consistent instead of trying to find logs and trees or random little areas where I can photograph it and hope that I can match the light to this space, so trying to move moss in a natural area in Photoshop into this room would have been quite a task in my opinion, get the contouring right, get the lighting right, so this way we have it all happening in one spot. I think that she looks beautiful and creepy in the corner and this is going to be rather straightforward in that I'm going to take just a couple shots of her here. I'm then going to photograph this space without our subject, remove the apple box, photograph her feet separately, and then I'll be able to get rid of that black box and have new feet in the picture in the end. So I'm just gonna step back, take a look, I'm gonna get a lower angle for this one, and we haven't got a lot of light in this space, and I'm going to try to just adjust my exposure to reflect the little bit of light that we do have. So I am taking my ISO up to 500 for this image. Just gonna get a little bit closer here. And this is looking really neat to me, so I'm gonna have you put your head down even further, yup, you got it. I'm just getting my focus here. And this is gonna be super simple, just a quick shot. I'm gonna get a little bit extra of the room in this space. And that's it. So now, I could tell her to move aside and I will get the feet and I will get the space without the box, but just because I can, because all this work went into this construction of this scene which actually did take quite some time to put together, I would say probably about an hour or so just crafting this and making sure that it looked perfect, I'm gonna come in and get just a couple detail shots here. And just make sure that I have this properly documented before I completely tear it down and destroy everything. And this is really good to have for a series, because if I have little detail shots then I, for one, have extra content that I can put on my blog, on my social media, or maybe even in a slide show in the gallery where this series might eventually end up. But the other good thing is simply that I can show people how it was done and really get some close up detail shots in that way. So I'm just getting in here, getting these detail shots, making sure that her pain is documented. No, no, she's not in pain, I'm just kidding. Well I don't think she is. You're in pain?
Oh she's not in pain, that's okay. (chuckles) All right, so, you look beautiful. Now wait, I'm just gonna get one more shot, because it's so good and I wanna make sure that we do it justice, so I'm just gonna back up one more time. Make sure that everything is looking perfect. Maybe get a different angle, I might move in a little bit closer this time. (shutter clicks) Okay. (shutter clicking) Good. Okay, I think we got it. So, I'm going to have you just take a step forward, if you can. (chuckles) Are you stuck?
I'm kinda stuck.
Okay, well in that case, you're not gonna take a step forward and we'll just photograph your feet, okay? So I'm gonna photograph her feet, and I'm just gonna get back where I was. Make sure that my focus is still good. Perfect, and now the other. Fantastic. Okay, so now I've got the feet that I can edit in later, and once we're able to unstick her from the wall, then I will take my blank shot in this room, but that's as I've been doing, always getting a blank shot of the space that I'm in. Other than that I think this went beautifully.