RLSFoto: Blog http://www.rlsfoto.com/blog en-us (C)2011-2016 Reidar Schopp / RLSFoto.com. All Rights Reserved rlsfoto@yahoo.com (RLSFoto) Tue, 10 Jan 2017 03:48:00 GMT Tue, 10 Jan 2017 03:48:00 GMT http://www.rlsfoto.com/img/s/v-5/u23399732-o95967611-50.jpg RLSFoto: Blog http://www.rlsfoto.com/blog 67 120 Using Photography as a Alternative Approach to Displaying Valuables http://www.rlsfoto.com/blog/2017/1/using-photography-as-a-alternative-approach-to-displaying-valuables 1922 Peace Dollar_MG_1935_19361922 Peace Dollar_MG_1935_1936© Reidar Schopp, All Rights Reserved, www.RLSFoto.com.
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In December, I was attending the opening night of a new show at a local art gallery. Another person was there showing interest in the same piece I was admiring (not mine). We struck up a conversation about art and eventually into displaying the art and its security. He was specifically referring to his coins.

He keeps them in a safety deposit box at a bank and occasionally goes to the bank to look at them whereas paintings and sculptures are on display at his home. His comment was that coins are small and easily hidden and transported. Therefore, leaving them out to appreciate is very risky.

Being a photographer, I asked him if he ever thought about photographing the coins, blowing the images up, framing and hanging those in his home to appreciate their beauty. He said he never thought about it.

Last week, I photographed a small sample to show him what could be done and the quality I could achieve. This including making them large enough to see the details without a magnifying glass.

Some of the coins were sealed in cases while others could be removed. For those that could be removed, each was handled in gloved hands and a mask over the mouth. This precaution made sense to me as when I handle my prints, I also use gloves although I hold my breath when reviewing my prints, especially the images on metallic and crystal archive papers. Spittle & water droplets can ruin a prints

With some of the coins diameter being larger that the diameter of my macro lens, I decided to pull out my Canon extension tubes and use my 70-200mm Canon zoom lens mounted on my Canon 5D Mark II. To get to where I could focus that lens on the coins about 9 inches away, I stacked a 25mm plus a 12 mm extension tube. Setting the lens to 200mm, I was almost able to fill the screen with the silver dollars.

To light the coins, I used a single softbox strip light on a Dynalite strobe head on the left angles low to sweep across the surface of the coin. Surrounding the coins were black foam core boards to add contrast to the reflective coins. With the camera set to manual, I photographed the coins at 1/90 and 1/120 second at f32. The camera was mounted on a Manfrotto tripod and I used a cable release to make each exposure.

Opening the images in Camera Raw, I set the color space to ProPhoto, 16 bit, at 4096 by 6144 pixels at 320 ppi. In Photoshop, I sharpen the images using the high pass filter and added contrast. For the silver coins, I processed as black and white in NIK starting with the fine art setting and then modifying from there. I found that for the non silver coins, using NIK Color Efex Pro’s glamour glow setting as a starting point worked great.

At these settings, the coins are about 3x their actual size eliminating the need of a magnifying glass.

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Inspiration from Abelardo Morell’s “Pencils” http://www.rlsfoto.com/blog/2016/5/inspiration-from-abelardo-morell-s-pencils © Reidar Schopp, All Rights Reserved, www.RLSFoto.com.

 

Abelardo Morell photograph of pencils in Chicago_MG_4850Abelardo Morell photograph of pencils in Chicago_MG_4850© Reidar Schopp, All Rights Reserved, www.RLSFoto.com. Roaming the streets with Janien and Gigi. Covered many of the downtown streets with the high rises.

Abelardo Morell, b 1948

 

Inspiration is sometimes fickle, sometimes elusive, and sometimes a non-stoppable firehose. But, if not written down, it always fades away. Several years ago I realized that I had better document these moments of inspiration as I had realized that concepts were being forgotten. Conservatively, my “Need To Shoot” list is 63 pages with at least an average of 25 ideas per page. So, over 1,500 concepts to shoot. This list grows faster than I can shoot these concepts, so the list grows. Reminds me of Edison’s quote “1%  inspiration and 99% perspiration”. I need a patron!

One of the items on my “”Need to Shoot” document was inspired by a photo I came across at the “Art Institute of Chicago” on June 14, 2013 when visiting Janien and Scott Stantis in Chicago. The above photograph of pencils by Abelardo Morell stopped me. A photograph of pencils! My photograph of Mr. Morell’s image does not do it justice, but recorded it (The information about Mr. Morell to the right of his photo is in the appendix)

 The following series of photographs were created based on the black & white photograph consisting of over 300 sharpened pencils by Mr. Morell. It sounds so boring and commonplace. But, that inkjet print made in 2012 from a photo from 2002 stopped me in my tracks. I would hang that image in my house next to my William Mortensen’s, my mom’s art, and my photographs. This occurred June 14, 2013 yet I still carry this image in my memory. I need to make it my own.

Below, nearly three years later I finally made my first attempted at these pencils. I recruited my friend Carol Ballard to pose with 140 sharpened pencils. Getting the set assembled and the lights and camera in position, I realized that Morell used about 350 pencils! I should have counted the number of pencils in the photo before I got to this point. It is amazing how few 140 pencils appear. You know what else is truly very difficult? Getting them all standing on the erasure by oneself! Hugely underestimated the difficulty of this “simple” task. Ended up making a small short wooden box to hold the pencils vertical.

The studio set-up consisted of my Canon 5D Mark II and a Canon 1D Mark II that I converted to infrared for a Botswana Photo Safari a few years back. For the lighting of the color images (I converted all images to B&W), I used 2 of my Dynalite heads, one in a large soft box and the other in a strip soft box, both on light stands with one on each side of the camera. As I move the lights around during the shoot, I do not have specifics for each image although positions can be deduced by the shadows and reflections off the pencils and Carol’s eyes. For the infrared, I shot with one strobe as using 2 kicks off too much light. Also, my backdrop was a mottled blue of various shades.

The first image shot were the pencils alone. As models take time applying makeup and getting ready, I usually have a good 45 minutes to fine tune the set-up as a starting point. During this time, the image below was made. As I was short about 200 pencils, I shot diagonally to get extra width and depth to the pencils. I originally planned on shooting with my Canon 45mm Tilt/Shift but I was not getting the field of view I wanted, primarily a deep depth of field. I found that the Canon 100mm Macro was providing the best results – I decided on a sharp from row of pencils blurring into the distance.

Pencils_MG_3855Pencils_MG_3855© Reidar Schopp, All Rights Reserved, www.RLSFoto.com.
Inspiration is sometimes fickle, sometimes elusive, and sometimes a non-stopable firehose. But, if not written down, it always fades away. Several years ago I realized that I had better document these moments of inspiration as I had realized that concepts were being forgotten. Conservatively, my “To Shoot” list is 63 pages with at least an average of 25 ideas per page. So, over 1,500 concepts to shoot. This list grows faster than I can remove completed concepts from these pages. Reminds me of Edison’s quote “1% inspiration and 99% perspiration”. I need a patron!

This series is created from a black & white photograph I saw consisting of over 100 sharpened pencils in black & white by Abelardo Morell’s from 2002 at the Art Institute of Chicago. Seriously, a photograph of sharpened pencils. It sounds so boring and commonplace. But, that inkjet print made in 2012 from a photo from 2002 stopped me in my tracks. I would hang that image in my house next to my William Mortensen’s, my mom’s art, and my photographs. This occurred June 14, 2013. I am cheating on the date as I photographed that photograph as well as the information to the right of the framed sepia print which I just looked up. I placed this image into my “To Shoot” list to see if I can make these pencils as intriguing as Morell made his plus, I need to make it my own.

Here I am nearly three years later and I finally made my first attempted at these pencils. Place, I recruited my friend Carol Ballard to pose with these sharpened objects. At this point my friends and probably my wife Gigi are saying more naked photos. But seriously, am I wrong that nude women in photos are good? This should be a debate for another time. Here, I am using the inspiration of Morell’s amazing photo of pencils. About 350 pencils! I should have counted the number of pencils in the photo first as I purchased 140 thinking that is a lot of pencils for this pho

1/60 sec f8 manual setting with 2 soft boxes. Color converted to B&W

 

The following image was Carol’s hands holding the pencils to introduce a person into the image. Although pencils alone represent the work and ingenuity of humans, I wanted the hands to control the pencils, including the literal meaning as the pencils were too loose in the box. Carol’s hands brought order. To get this image, I switched to the Canon 70-200mm. As this was shot with my infrared camera, I left the strobes output the same even though the camera settings were changed to shoot at 1/200 sec at f20 with the ISO increased to 400 (I prefer 100 and is my default setting). This set-up provided a very good depth of field throughout the group of pencils.

Pencils and Fingers_U8R7934Pencils and Fingers_U8R7934© Reidar Schopp, All Rights Reserved, www.RLSFoto.com.
Inspiration is sometimes fickle, sometimes elusive, and sometimes a non-stopable firehose. But, if not written down, it always fades away. Several years ago I realized that I had better document these moments of inspiration as I had realized that concepts were being forgotten. Conservatively, my “To Shoot” list is 63 pages with at least an average of 25 ideas per page. So, over 1,500 concepts to shoot. This list grows faster than I can remove completed concepts from these pages. Reminds me of Edison’s quote “1% inspiration and 99% perspiration”. I need a patron!

This series is created from a black & white photograph I saw consisting of over 100 sharpened pencils in black & white by Abelardo Morell’s from 2002 at the Art Institute of Chicago. Seriously, a photograph of sharpened pencils. It sounds so boring and commonplace. But, that inkjet print made in 2012 from a photo from 2002 stopped me in my tracks. I would hang that image in my house next to my William Mortensen’s, my mom’s art, and my photographs. This occurred June 14, 2013. I am cheating on the date as I photographed that photograph as well as the information to the right of the framed sepia print which I just looked up. I placed this image into my “To Shoot” list to see if I can make these pencils as intriguing as Morell made his plus, I need to make it my own.

Here I am nearly three years later and I finally made my first attempted at these pencils. Place, I recruited my friend Carol Ballard to pose with these sharpened objects. At this point my friends and probably my wife Gigi are saying more naked photos. But seriously, am I wrong that nude women in photos are good? This should be a debate for another time. Here, I am using the inspiration of Morell’s amazing photo of pencils. About 350 pencils! I should have counted the number of pencils in the photo first as I purchased 140 thinking that is a lot of pencils for this pho

1/200 sec f20 ISO 400 manual setting with 2 soft boxes. Infrared converted to B&W

 

The third image shows how Carol can flex her fingers backward. My initial impression was that of a frog’s foot, the second being repulsion; not that she can do this but the fingers moving away from the pointed tips. I always prefer working with models that have a point of view. I had shown Carol the pencils by Morell’s before starting the shoot and that I wanted to play with his concept and take it in a different direction. Carol understood the concept and this was one of her contributions.

Repulsion of Pencils_MG_3865Repulsion of Pencils_MG_3865© Reidar Schopp, All Rights Reserved, www.RLSFoto.com.
Inspiration is sometimes fickle, sometimes elusive, and sometimes a non-stopable firehose. But, if not written down, it always fades away. Several years ago I realized that I had better document these moments of inspiration as I had realized that concepts were being forgotten. Conservatively, my “To Shoot” list is 63 pages with at least an average of 25 ideas per page. So, over 1,500 concepts to shoot. This list grows faster than I can remove completed concepts from these pages. Reminds me of Edison’s quote “1% inspiration and 99% perspiration”. I need a patron!

This series is created from a black & white photograph I saw consisting of over 100 sharpened pencils in black & white by Abelardo Morell’s from 2002 at the Art Institute of Chicago. Seriously, a photograph of sharpened pencils. It sounds so boring and commonplace. But, that inkjet print made in 2012 from a photo from 2002 stopped me in my tracks. I would hang that image in my house next to my William Mortensen’s, my mom’s art, and my photographs. This occurred June 14, 2013. I am cheating on the date as I photographed that photograph as well as the information to the right of the framed sepia print which I just looked up. I placed this image into my “To Shoot” list to see if I can make these pencils as intriguing as Morell made his plus, I need to make it my own.

Here I am nearly three years later and I finally made my first attempted at these pencils. Place, I recruited my friend Carol Ballard to pose with these sharpened objects. At this point my friends and probably my wife Gigi are saying more naked photos. But seriously, am I wrong that nude women in photos are good? This should be a debate for another time. Here, I am using the inspiration of Morell’s amazing photo of pencils. About 350 pencils! I should have counted the number of pencils in the photo first as I purchased 140 thinking that is a lot of pencils for this pho

1/60 sec f8 ISO 100 manual setting with 2 soft boxes. Color converted to B&W

 

The next step was to bring Carol’s figure into the image, to contrast the sharp points and rough ground wood against a smooth female figure. I again tried the Canon 45mm Tilt/Shift lens. The first few pencils looked sharp and crisp, but Carol appeared as snowcapped hills in the distance. First interpretation was a “white blob in the background” but I believe all models would not be appreciative of such a description of their figure. Returning to the 70-200mm at f8 at 1/60th, I had enough sharpness to provide the viewer the clarity of a woman’s hip. I asked Carol to again point to the pencil tips to contrast the pointing finger to the sharpness of the pencils

Pencils and Carol's Finger_MG_3877Pencils and Carol's Finger_MG_3877© Reidar Schopp, All Rights Reserved, www.RLSFoto.com.
Inspiration is sometimes fickle, sometimes elusive, and sometimes a non-stopable firehose. But, if not written down, it always fades away. Several years ago I realized that I had better document these moments of inspiration as I had realized that concepts were being forgotten. Conservatively, my “To Shoot” list is 63 pages with at least an average of 25 ideas per page. So, over 1,500 concepts to shoot. This list grows faster than I can remove completed concepts from these pages. Reminds me of Edison’s quote “1% inspiration and 99% perspiration”. I need a patron!

This series is inspired from a black & white photograph I saw consisting of over 100 sharpened pencils in black & white by Abelardo Morell’s from 2002 at the Art Institute of Chicago. Seriously, a photograph of sharpened pencils. It sounds so boring and commonplace. But, that inkjet print made in 2012 from a photo from 2002 stopped me in my tracks. I would hang that image in my house next to my William Mortensen's, my mom’s art, and my photographs. This occurred June 14, 2013 when visiting my wife's sister Janien and her husband Scott Stantis who live in Chicago. I am cheating on the date as I photographed that photograph as well as the information to the right of the framed sepia print which I just looked up. I placed this image into my “To Shoot” list to see if I can make these pencils as intriguing as Morell made his. Plus, I need to make it my own.

Here I am nearly three years later and I finally shot my first attempted at these pencils. I recruited my friend Carol Ballard to pose with these sharpened objects. At this point my friends and probably my wife Gigi are saying more naked photos. But seriously, am I wrong that nude women in photos are good? This should be a debate for another time. Here, I am using the inspiration of Morell’s amazing photo of pencils. About 350 pencils! I should have counted the number of pencils in

1/60 sec f8 ISO 100 manual setting with 2 soft boxes. Color converted to B&W

 

 

Running through various set-ups with Carol and the pencils, I thought of having Carol hold the pencils close, the points pressed into her skin, her thumb exploring the points. Again, this image contrasts Carol’s softness to the sharp and rough pencils, but in this case displaying her comfort of the points pressed into her skin. Unlike the prior image where she is exploring the pencils sharpness, here she has found security.

Hug of Pencils_MG_3912Hug of Pencils_MG_3912© Reidar Schopp, All Rights Reserved, www.RLSFoto.com.
Inspiration is sometimes fickle, sometimes elusive, and sometimes a non-stopable firehose. But, if not written down, it always fades away. Several years ago I realized that I had better document these moments of inspiration as I had realized that concepts were being forgotten. Conservatively, my “To Shoot” list is 63 pages with at least an average of 25 ideas per page. So, over 1,500 concepts to shoot. This list grows faster than I can remove completed concepts from these pages. Reminds me of Edison’s quote “1% inspiration and 99% perspiration”. I need a patron!

This series is created from a black & white photograph I saw consisting of over 100 sharpened pencils in black & white by Abelardo Morell’s from 2002 at the Art Institute of Chicago. Seriously, a photograph of sharpened pencils. It sounds so boring and commonplace. But, that inkjet print made in 2012 from a photo from 2002 stopped me in my tracks. I would hang that image in my house next to my William Mortensen’s, my mom’s art, and my photographs. This occurred June 14, 2013. I am cheating on the date as I photographed that photograph as well as the information to the right of the framed sepia print which I just looked up. I placed this image into my “To Shoot” list to see if I can make these pencils as intriguing as Morell made his plus, I need to make it my own.

Here I am nearly three years later and I finally made my first attempted at these pencils. Place, I recruited my friend Carol Ballard to pose with these sharpened objects. At this point my friends and probably my wife Gigi are saying more naked photos. But seriously, am I wrong that nude women in photos are good? This should be a debate for another time. Here, I am using the inspiration of Morell’s amazing photo of pencils. About 350 pencils! I should have counted the number of pencils in the photo first as I purchased 140 thinking that is a lot of pencils for this pho

1/60 sec f8 ISO 100 manual setting with 2 soft boxes. Color converted to B&W

 

 

The set also included color pencils. Initially, the concept was to work with Carol’s tattoos, in particular the snake on her left breast. But, I did not discover a voice to combine the pencils and tattoos. For me, it is frustrating when you have an idea, but you cannot execute. The progress to this image went from pencils and her breasts, to her holding the pencils against the backdrop (seeing if I can get an image similar to “Father’s Hands & Citron”) to thinking of “My Favority Martian”. It ended up reflecting my frustration with the colored pencils beating them against my skull.

Color Pencils_U8R8000Color Pencils_U8R8000© Reidar Schopp, All Rights Reserved, www.RLSFoto.com.
Inspiration is sometimes fickle, sometimes elusive, and sometimes a non-stopable firehose. But, if not written down, it always fades away. Several years ago I realized that I had better document these moments of inspiration as I had realized that concepts were being forgotten. Conservatively, my “To Shoot” list is 63 pages with at least an average of 25 ideas per page. So, over 1,500 concepts to shoot. This list grows faster than I can remove completed concepts from these pages. Reminds me of Edison’s quote “1% inspiration and 99% perspiration”. I need a patron!

This series is created from a black & white photograph I saw consisting of over 100 sharpened pencils in black & white by Abelardo Morell’s from 2002 at the Art Institute of Chicago. Seriously, a photograph of sharpened pencils. It sounds so boring and commonplace. But, that inkjet print made in 2012 from a photo from 2002 stopped me in my tracks. I would hang that image in my house next to my William Mortensen’s, my mom’s art, and my photographs. This occurred June 14, 2013. I am cheating on the date as I photographed that photograph as well as the information to the right of the framed sepia print which I just looked up. I placed this image into my “To Shoot” list to see if I can make these pencils as intriguing as Morell made his plus, I need to make it my own.

Here I am nearly three years later and I finally made my first attempted at these pencils. Place, I recruited my friend Carol Ballard to pose with these sharpened objects. At this point my friends and probably my wife Gigi are saying more naked photos. But seriously, am I wrong that nude women in photos are good? This should be a debate for another time. Here, I am using the inspiration of Morell’s amazing photo of pencils. About 350 pencils! I should have counted the number of pencils in the photo first as I purchased 140 thinking that is a lot of pencils for this pho

 

 

 

 

 

Image Shot on: March 25, 2016

Model: Carol Ballard

© Reidar Schopp, All Rights Reserved. Photography by Reidar Schopp. All works for sale at RLSFoto.com. Limited Editions available in sizes above 8x12.

 

Appendix

 

To the right of Morell’s image of the pencils was the following:

 

Over the past 25 years, Abelardo Morell (American, born Cuba 1948) has become internationally renowned for works that employ the language of photography to create moments of visual surprise and wonder. Morell came with his family to the United States as a teenage in 1962. He rec3eived a scholarship to attend Bowdoin College in Maine, where he took his first photography course; he later completed an MFA in photography at Yale University, looking to street photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank as models. After the birth of his son in 1986, he began making large-format pictures around his home, examining common household objects with child-like curiosity. As a professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, he experimented with optics in his teaching and initiated a series in which he turned an entire room into a camera obscura, photographing the projection of the outside world onto the surfaces of the room’s interior.

These twin poles – examining objects and images with fresh vision and exploring simple optics in myriad forms – have been consistent orientation points for many series that have followed. Morell has turned his camera on conveyors of cultural meaning such as books, maps, money, and museums in extensive series that explore the perception of images. He has experimented with techniques as varied as photograms, still-life tableaux, stop-motion studies, and most recently the tent camera – a kind of portable camera obscura that throws the image of a landscape upon the ground’s surface. Now, after decades of working exclusively in black and white, he has embraced color, returning to old themes and series to view them in a new spectrum while pioneering ways to understand optical effects, nature, and picture making. This retrospective of over one hundred works made from 1986 to the present traces Morell’s innovative career as he continues to mine the essential strangeness and complexity of images.

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rlsfoto@yahoo.com (RLSFoto) Abelardo Morell Art Institute of Chicago RLSFoto RLSFoto.com Reidar Schopp San Pedro Photographer abstracts black and white figure inspiration pencils http://www.rlsfoto.com/blog/2016/5/inspiration-from-abelardo-morell-s-pencils Wed, 25 May 2016 00:32:02 GMT
Creating the figure image of "Snake and the Apple" May 1, 2016 http://www.rlsfoto.com/blog/2016/5/creating-the-figure-image-of-snake-and-the-apple-may-1-2016 Snake & the Apple -  May 1, 2016Snake & the Apple - May 1, 2016© Reidar Schopp, All Rights Reserved, www.RLSFoto.com.
Session with Carol was to repeat the tonic water shoot that I had with Robin in New York, but with better control in my studio over a shower in a hotel room with a black cloth trying to keep out the light. With just the black light, Carol is black and the tattoo not visible. But with the tonic water, enough light is emitted so that the snake is clearly visible through the water.

Image Shot on: May 1, 2016
Model: Carol Ballard

© Reidar Schopp, All Rights Reserved. Photography by Reidar Schopp. All works for sale at RLSFoto.com. Limited Editions available in sizes above 8x12.

Through the years I have enjoyed shooting under black light. Originally at Goth Clubs and others that I would explore with my camera. Once I built my studio, I installed black lights immediately to the right and left of the stage plus two banks overhead in front of the stage. I also have 2 other banks that I move around as needed to get close to the object or person I am photographing.

Initially in my studio and other locations I have been fortunate enough to be allowed to borrow for my concepts, I have primarily used clothing to get neon greens, reds, pinks, yellows, blues, etc against black skin. It gives the impression of the "Invisible Man" but in fishnet stockings, panties, scrunchies, etc. For an advanced photography class, I covered the model "Madrid" from head to toe in glow in the dark make-up and then applied non glow in the dark make-up for a tribal appearance as well as making her the hour and minute hands of a clock. But, I never thought of Tonic Water.

A model that I worked a lot with in 2008-2009 recently said we should use tonic water for a glow in the dark shoot. She recently returned from Germany and was living near where I was located for an assignment. Robin brought the black lights, tonic water, detergent (yes, it glows at a different color). This time, I provided the location (In 2008-2009, she provided me access to her dungeon every Wednesday for nearly a year as my photography studio in exchange for doing shots she needed occasionally - a huge bargain for me as the shots for her were amazing). But, I digress.

The problem with shooting with Robin was the shower was converted into the studio. All the equipment, the angles needed, keeping the room black, and the camera and the electrical equipment dry was extremely difficult. Although some of the shots were very cool, I needed to continue exploring this way to light the figure.

Once I returned home, I reached out to Carol Ballard whom I have photographed numerous times. For those of you familiar with my art, you probably recall the woman with the tattoo of a snake on the left breast with its mouth open striking at her areola. Carol said yes and asked what make-up and clothing would I need. This was the simplest of shoot requirements! No model preparation needed.

The stage consisted of a black velvet backdrop, a galvanized tub sitting on top of a plastic tarp, two banks of black lights standing vertically & moved to within 2 feet from Carol each flanking Carol at 45 degrees. I had the Canon 5D Mark 2 on a tripod with a remote trigger set to 1/15 second at f3.2. And 5 quarts of tonic water!

For those of you who do not know what tonic water is, it can be found as a mixer with alcohol, such as a gin and tonic. It is slightly bitter, but is carbonated and contains corn syrup so you will feel sticky as when you spill a Coke on your lap.

When it was time to shoot, the remote trigger decided to malfunction. And the cable release was too short. Why were these required you ask? Have you ever tried to get into a pose so that a liquid will run down your nude body, in a slippery tub, and hold a quart bottle above your shoulder and pour, while holding your head up yet try to see of it is flowing down your body in a solid stream, lighting your tattoo? Try it, I'll wait...........

Setting the trigger to go off in 10 seconds, I had the honor of bracing (not embracing) Carol from behind (not her behind) so she would not slip. When the camera was about to fire, I would pour the tonic water. After several shots, we changed the pose.

Sitting Carol down in the tub simplified the shoot and provided us between control. I prefer this image above over the other tonic water images. Even at 1/15th of a second, you can see the snake tattoo through the bubbles of the tonic water, yet the 15th of a second allows enough movement of the fluid to yield a creamier texture on her body.

Does anyone have a pool I can borrow and fill with tonic water? After the shoot, you can add gin and onions, not olives!

 

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rlsfoto@yahoo.com (RLSFoto) Carol Ballard Color Light Abstracts RLSFoto RLSFoto.com Reidar Schopp San Pedro Photographer abstracts blue breast color figure tattoos tonic water tub woman www.RLSFoto.com © Reidar Schopp http://www.rlsfoto.com/blog/2016/5/creating-the-figure-image-of-snake-and-the-apple-may-1-2016 Tue, 17 May 2016 07:02:14 GMT
I Said "NO" http://www.rlsfoto.com/blog/2016/2/i-said-no I Said NOI Said NO© Reidar Schopp, All Rights Reserved, www.RLSFoto.com. Giana with 2 Scrabble pieces spelling "NO" as her mom Kristen waits to retrieve.
Had various family members participate in family portraits from Christmas Eve. Also included Giana with 2 Scrabble pieces in her mouth spelling "NO". Includes photos of the Stantis family, my brother's family, Dino's family.

This is a shot that was over 2 years in the making. The concept was instantaneous; it was getting the mom and daughter into the studio that took the time. Persistence does pay off. This concept came to me at Giana's birthday party where her mom Kristen and family where playing games. Giana was doing something that her mom did not approve of, so Kristen told Giana no. In reply, Giana told her mom "No". That's all it took to inspire this photo.

The shirt was luck. Minnie Mouse of the opposite of Giana and in this photo, the contrast of the personalities is apparent. For Giana's pose, it was determined by Minnie Mouse's posture. Giana needed to follow the flow of Minnie's curve and complete the "S". The last of the positioning was Kristen and her hand. I never had the intention of showing Kristen and knew that having Kristen's hand demanding the 2 Scrabble pieces set the relationship between an independent girl and her mom being a parent.

I was relieved once I had captured the vision and the 2 Scrabble pieces.

The set-up was three lights. I had a hair light above, a fill behind me and the main to my right. Shot with my Canon 5D and my 24-70mm lens with a remote cable. The camera was on a Mamiya tripod with an Arca-Swiss head

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rlsfoto@yahoo.com (RLSFoto) All Rights Reserved Child photography Giana Minnie Mouse Portrait Photography San Pedro Photographer San Pedro Portrait Photographer attitude color scrabble www.RLSFoto.com © Reidar Schopp http://www.rlsfoto.com/blog/2016/2/i-said-no Sun, 28 Feb 2016 06:19:48 GMT
Power Station http://www.rlsfoto.com/blog/2016/2/power-station Power Station MG_9554 & MG_9351Power Station MG_9554 & MG_9351© Reidar Schopp, All Rights Reserved, www.RLSFoto.com.
Another week of working extended hours at GE being unable to place casting calls in Connecticut. So, this week I brought my 70-200mm lens to use to shoot from the cars and jets. Using the 200mm makes a big difference in the abstracts vividness (due to the lights usually being at a distance so now the lights are bolder, brighter, and more impactful.

This combination of 2 images struck me as the inside if a series of turbines while the outer perimeter is a photo of the Stamford Train Station's lights shot through a freeway fence at a 1.5 second exposure as I drove past. It was the slots in the freeway fence that provided the lines of purple.

I am thinking that mixing night abstracts shot with the 35-70mm and mixing with the 200mm could make very interesting composites.

Dated from January 3 to January 7, 2016 for initial captures
© Reidar Schopp, All Rights Reserved. Photography by Reidar Schopp. All works for sale at RLSFoto.com. Limited Editions available in sizes above 8x12. This image is 80 inches by 80 inches

This digital composite is built on 2 photographs I shot while driving to a client in Connecticut from JFK at about 1 AM.

1) The inner concentric rings is the first image that I used.

2) The next step was the mathematics. As it needs to be a circle, I needed and even number of 1/2 blades to align into a perfect circle without overlap. I determined I could fit 16 blades or 32 half blades based on the photo of the light.

3) Using Adobe Photoshop's Puppet Wrap, I forced the image to fit within a pie shape of 11.25 degrees (360 degrees / 32 slices) so that I could get the shape needed to create 1/2 the blade of a turbine.

4) That image was then duplicated and flipped to create the full blade and provide symmetry of the lights within the blade.

5) Next was the replication of each blade and positioning until I had a complete circle

6) At this point, I flattened the circle and duplicated

7) From the duplicated circle, I shrank the circle and placed within the larger outer circle. I also rotated it by 11.25 degrees to get a subtle twisting of the image and to align the edges together.

8) Duplicating and shrinking of the circles continued until I had the depth I wanted for the concentric rings.

9) The outer purple lights came from photographing the Stamford train station as I drove past it. The solid purple ring was where the length of the fence had no slats so the light was solid. The long skinny lines were from the vertical purple neon light tubes as they appeared between the gaps in the slats.

10) Creating the purple ring was the same technique as the inner circle's creation except I did not use puppet warp, rather I used perspective to keep the lines straight but to angle to that they pointed to the center of the circle.

The effort to build this image was about the same as my others, but due to its size (8GB), it would take up to an hour to save each time.

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rlsfoto@yahoo.com (RLSFoto) FIne Art Light Abstracts Los Angeles Photographer Mandala RLSFoto RLSFoto.com Reidar Schopp San Pedro Photographer abstracts kaleidoscope motion http://www.rlsfoto.com/blog/2016/2/power-station Sun, 14 Feb 2016 19:06:19 GMT
Abstract Heart shield_U8R4740 37x37 final http://www.rlsfoto.com/blog/2015/11/abstract-heart-shield_u8r4740-37x37-final Abstract Heart shield_U8R4740 37x37 finalAbstract Heart shield_U8R4740 37x37 final© Reidar Schopp, All Rights Reserved, www.RLSFoto.com. Night Abstracts while driving in the San Francisco Bay area. Abstract Heart Mandala was built from 2 photographs. The center shield was a motion shot that appeared to be a fluted column with a sweeping arc. That arc created almost 1/2 of a valentine heart. Modifying the arc to create 1/2 of the heart, the remaining light was masked out. The image was then copied & flipped to create a full heart. The hear was then modifed to create the center shield of the composition.
The second light motion abstract was then edited into a triangle, flipped and merged to create a symetrical light image and then replicated 5 times for the heaqd, arms, and legs. The yellow circle was then added to unify the image.

Photos Dated January 4, 2007
Composite created November 7, 2015

© Reidar Schopp, All Rights Reserved, www.RLSFoto.com. Night Abstracts while driving in the San Francisco Bay area. Abstract Heart Mandala was built from 2 photographs. The center shield was a motion shot that appeared to be a fluted column with a sweeping arc. That arc created almost 1/2 of a valentine heart. Modifying the arc to create 1/2 of the heart, the remaining light was masked out. The image was then copied & flipped to create a full heart. The hear was then modifed to create the center shield of the composition.
The second light motion abstract was then edited into a triangle, flipped and merged to create a symetrical light image and then replicated 5 times for the heaqd, arms, and legs. The yellow circle was then added to unify the image.

Photos Dated January 4, 2007
Composite created November 7, 2015

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rlsfoto@yahoo.com (RLSFoto) Reidar Schopp RLSFoto RLSFoto.com © Reidar Schopp www.RLSFoto.com night abstracts motion color light abstracts mandala kaleidoscope red blue yellow Abstract Heart Mandala http://www.rlsfoto.com/blog/2015/11/abstract-heart-shield_u8r4740-37x37-final Sun, 08 Nov 2015 06:50:39 GMT
Dragon Chasing Worm_U8R4572 http://www.rlsfoto.com/blog/2015/10/dragon-chasing-worm_u8r4572 Dragon Chasing Worm_U8R4572Dragon Chasing Worm_U8R4572Abstract driving in San Francisco on the 101 shooting from Car window. The "Inch Worm" is superimposed into the Dragon image. This is a composite of 2 images. The dragon was captured hand holding the camera during a time exposure as I drove along the 101 freeway in San Francisco. The object is a LED sign near the old Candlestick Park. The breakup of the streaking light are the bushes along the edge of the freeway that blocked the sign during the exposure.

The purple space alien appearing worm was from a different exposure captured the same way as the dragon. It was a small speck of light that I pulled and did a tom of editing as a separate image in differing styles that I have saved off to create a series based on these worms. Here, it is pray.

FYI, when I first get into the car, I set the camera on manual, set the exposure and f-stop and set the focus just short of infinite. And, when making the exposure, I never look into the view finder, I just point the camera in the general direction.For me, I naturally aim too high so I have to remember to aim lower than what "feels" correct to capture the lights I want.

© Reidar Schopp, All Rights Reserved. Reidar Schopp Photography, RLSFoto. Website RLSFoto.com

Abstract driving in San Francisco on the 101 shooting from Car window. The "Inch Worm" is superimposed into the Dragon image. This is a composite of 2 images. The dragon was captured hand holding the camera during a time exposure as I drove along the 101 freeway in San Francisco. The object is a LED sign near the old Candlestick Park. The breakup of the streaking light are the bushes along the edge of the freeway that blocked the sign during the exposure.

The purple space alien appearing worm was from a different exposure captured the same way as the dragon. It was a small speck of light that I pulled and did a tom of editing as a separate image in differing styles that I have saved off to create a series based on these worms. Here, it is pray.

FYI, when I first get into the car, I set the camera on manual, set the exposure and f-stop and set the focus just short of infinite. And, when making the exposure, I never look into the view finder, I just point the camera in the general direction.For me, I naturally aim too high so I have to remember to aim lower than what "feels" correct to capture the lights I want.

© Reidar Schopp, All Rights Reserved. Reidar Schopp Photography, RLSFoto. Website RLSFoto.com

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rlsfoto@yahoo.com (RLSFoto) Reidar Schopp RLSFoto RLSFoto.com Inch Worm Inch Worm Series Dragon Light Abstracts color blue chase abstracts motion Motion Abstracts Shooting from Car Jackson Pollock black canvass San Pedro Photographer http://www.rlsfoto.com/blog/2015/10/dragon-chasing-worm_u8r4572 Sat, 31 Oct 2015 22:08:18 GMT
Sea Urchin Kaleidoscope http://www.rlsfoto.com/blog/2015/10/sea-urchin-kaleidoscope Sea Urchin KaleidoscopeSea Urchin Kaleidoscope© Reidar Schopp, All Rights Reserved, www.RLSFoto.com. Initial image is a firework explosion for the center and street lights for the outer lines captured while driving at night.

Shot from my house the fireworks from the surrounding neighborhood. Early images are on a tripod, but the later are handheld with my 500mm lens. There are too many power lines on obstacles so by handholding and moving the lens during the time exposure, I am expecting the obstacles to disappear.

The center "spiny" image was created from photographing fireworks July 4, 2014. The original image was an explosion that spanned about 130 degrees. So by replicating the image and rotating about the axis, I was able to get a 360 degree explosion. I also copied and flipped the image to add additional depth. The center pattern was created naturally by pinning the same corner of the explosion together where the corner was set to 90 degrees and copying the photo and flipping the image so that the same sides remained together. I masked out all the other layers so that this pattern would not be overlaid and disappear.

For the finishing touches on the center, for each 360 degree set of layers, I shifted the colors from the original orange to a purple layer and a red layer. The center yellow section was the outcome from changing the outer explosions to the purple and red.

The kaleidoscope of lines was from one photograph created from a time exposure that I shot while driving at night at the lights as the car passed. Using the same kaleidoscope technique as the "sea urchin" section, I picked a corner of the street lights and tail lights to form a pattern I enjoyed. I replicated the image 16 times to arrange into this pattern where I was flipping each image to keep the same sides connected. To clarify, I actually joined the first four and used that as a group to flip and replicate. Once I had a complete circle, I replicated that circle then flipped it and rotated 45 degrees to add the complexity of the pattern.

For enhancements to color, I used NIK Color's Bleach Bypass and Color Enhancer and a high level of Curves. This image is 30 inches by 30 inches and is over 2GB. It took me about 4 hours although the first couple of hours were trying to find the patterns that I found pleasing.

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rlsfoto@yahoo.com (RLSFoto) Absract Color RLSFoto RLSFoto.com Reidar Schopp car lights fireworks kaleidoscope motion photograph sea urchin http://www.rlsfoto.com/blog/2015/10/sea-urchin-kaleidoscope Sat, 24 Oct 2015 04:24:11 GMT
Dad, Look! http://www.rlsfoto.com/blog/2015/6/dad-look  

Harlee and Matt Meikle at the beachDad, Look© Reidar Schopp, All Rights Reserved, www.RLSFoto.com. The concept was inspired by Gallery Azul's artist call out for a mermaid themed show. As I felt everyone would submit images of "real" mermaids, I wanted to pursue a little girl's fantasy of pretending to be a mermaid and then seeing one in the distant. But to tell a bigger story, I wanted her dad to be with her and interacting as a father.

There were three stories
1) Daughter struggling to get her dad's attention away from the windsurfers to her and the distant mermaid.
2) Father and daughter sharing the moment. But as the father is kissing his daughter and not seeing the mermaid (other than his own daughter) does that mean the distant mermaid is just the daughter's imagination.
3) The father seeing the mermaid and is not paying any attention to his daughter and that the strap is still around is daughter's neck.

I was concerned about getting this shoot off. I had multiple false starts and went through a few options before getting Matt and Harlee to be the models. And of course today it rained and was chilly, but Matt and Harlee came through wonderfully. And Gigi assisted me and was great at it. Of course, Gigi also made the mermaid towel for Harlee.

For the image description for Gallery Azul, I have the following:
Are mermaids the figment of young girls' imagination and the longing of sailors on long sea voyages admiring sea cows? Or is dad just oblivious to his daughter's reality?

La Sirena (The Mermaid)

 

Gallery Azul

520 West 8th Street

San Pedro, CA 90731

 

A group art exhibition dedicated to La Sirena (The Mermaid)

Show Dates

June 27 - July  2015

 

ARTIST'S RECEPTION

SATURDAY, JUNE 27th, 2015, 5pm-10pm

 

Las Sirenas (The Mermaids) are legendary aquatic creatures with the upper body of a female and the tail of a fish. Mermaids are part of folklore in many cultures worldwide. The first stories appeared in ancient Assyria in which the goddess Atargatis transformed herself into a mermaid out of shame for accidentally killing her human lover. Artists created their version of La Sirena.

Personally, I enjoy Gallery Azul’s artist callouts. These provide a direction that are usually different from where I am in the process of creating my art. For me, it is a challenge to come up with a concept and then take it where I do not think other artists will go. Of course, the tastes of the gallery also need to be considered.

Thinking about the concept, everyone will probably provide a mermaid as the main focal point. But how can I meet the requirements yet do something different?

Filming the music video “Nasty Tattoos” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FA3mU-Eu4PU), Azmyth Kaminski (lead actor), Jeff Kozuch (The Reasons Why Drummer and primary songwriter), and I had just finished dinner (Jeff paid!). I wanted to show them the bar that I wanted to film at but I was not able to get the owner to give me permission (Free).  We needed a scene with Azmyth walking into the bar so I turned on the camera and captured Azmyth walking in. There was a commotion inside the bar. A blonde tattooed bartender through Azmyth out. She was perfect for the female lead of the video. Talking to her, she agreed if I would do a family portrait of her husband, daughter, and her. I agreed

With the mermaid concept and that I owed Niko a family portrait, I felt a young girl with a mermaid tail hanging at the beach with her dad would work as a concept. My wife Gigi sowed the tail for Harlee, Matt agreed to participate. The concepts were: 1) Dad Oblivious 2) Dad and daughter sharing the discovery of the mermaids, 3) Dad oblivious to daughter being choked by the strap of the binoculars as he is trying to get a better view (after all, one mermaid is topless).

We went to Cabrillo Beach on a rainy day to create the three scenes. Harlee was great and actually pulled off the excitement of seeing mermaids even though they would only appear in Photoshop.

With the main subjects now created, the next steps were to add the mermaids. I had an image of Miss Pixie where I needed her to look depressed for a poem about suicide. Pulling her into the image on the right edge, a tail was added. To provide a reason for her sadness,  a mermaid fin is added to where Harlee is excitedly pointing to the ocean trying to get her dad’s attention. The mermaid is swimming away from Miss Pixie, a mermaid breakup. The counter point to Harlee’s happiness and excitement.

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The Collection (Severed Heads) http://www.rlsfoto.com/blog/2015/1/the-collection-severed-heads This is the start of a new series although the idea was conceived years ago from the same source as the series "Boxed". Watching the news while working in San Francisco, a man was showing off his collection of Barbie dolls in their original boxes. To me, as he gesticulate
 in front of the cameras describing the importance of various Barbies struck me as absurd. Of course, I had to take his collection to a darker place.

My initial concept was to replace the pirouetting doll collector with a thin, tall, scruffy white male in his late 40's. But the person I had in mind would not do it. Plus, replacing all the dolls in their original packaging with card board boxes and storage bins stacked behind the "collector" was not as easy as I thought, I did not have the skills necessary in Photoshop. So, for those initial images created became the series "Boxed". I left the concept of severed body parts for the future.

Over these past several years, I began collecting bell jars that would fit over human heads for when I felt ready to pursue the more grizzly series of body parts. The following image is the first.

Chad Volpe Severed HeadChad Volpe Severed Head© Reidar Schopp, All Rights Reserved, www.RLSFoto.com. The basis of this concept is the same source as my Boxed Series: A man showing off his collection of Barbie dolls in their original boxes. Of course, I had to take it to an even darker place than the boxed series.

For Chad as the first of the series, much was being worked out as we went. I wanted a pierce to hook the barbed wire into Chad's head, but the pierces wanted too much. So, the MUA Elizabeth Noriega tried various processes to get the wire to stay. We ended up using surgical tape and covering with putty and make up.

We shot 2 sets, the first with the copper barbed wire suspending Chad's head. The second was without wire but gave Chad a choice of multiple 100 year old pipes to use inside a different Bell Jar.

Chad Volpe is my first victim for this series. And he was very patient as the make-up artist Elizabeth Noriega and I worked out approaches to get the image as I envisioned. For the make-up, I wanted Chad to look "freshly dead" as he is part of a collection that needs to last and be displayed for others to enjoy. So, he was whitened first, followed by red to provide a splotchiness to the skin. Lastly, purple veins were drawn. With the make-up complete, we worked out the attachment of the copper barbed wire. I wanted a piercing to hook the barbed wire into Chad's head, but the piercers wanted too much money (Chad was ok with the piercings). So, Elizabeth  tried various processes to get the wire to stay. We ended up using surgical tape and covering with putty and make up.

I knew that to get his head to appear suspended in the glass, I would need to composite the image. The initial shot was with the glass void of Chad's head:

Chad's Severed Head blog imagesChad's Severed Head blog images© Reidar Schopp, All Rights Reserved, www.RLSFoto.com.

These images are for my blog entry as to how I created the severed head

Next, was the photo of Chad outside of the bell so that I could capture his chin and neck. I knew that his shoulders would prevent his head from rising high into the jar. The dotted line represents the copy and paste of that area into the final composite. Chad's Severed Head blog imagesChad's Severed Head blog images© Reidar Schopp, All Rights Reserved, www.RLSFoto.com.

These images are for my blog entry as to how I created the severed head

Finally, we ran the wires through the hole in the top of the jar. I set up the lighting: All DynaLite strobes, one on the floor behind Chad and 2 strip light soft boxes at 90 degrees to his head and the camera axis. The 2 strip lights were also narrowed creating a funnel from the lights to the glass leaving about a 1 1/2 inch opening at the glass. The in-camera image created follows: Chad's Severed Head blog imagesChad's Severed Head blog images© Reidar Schopp, All Rights Reserved, www.RLSFoto.com.

These images are for my blog entry as to how I created the severed head

Lastly, in Photoshop all the pieces were assembled.

1) From the the original image with Chad under glass, I selected his head and the wire you can see attached to his temple. I then copied to its own layer, raised the head in the jar and then used "Puppet warp" to bend only the wire toward the hole in the jar.

2) Chad's head was then masked out of the original image.

3) The image of the empty jar was added to fill in where Chad's head used to reside in the original image.

4) Pasted in his chin and neck from his portrait outside of the glass. I made this layer a smart layer to manipulate the coloring and shadows to match the image of his head in the jar. I also used "Puppet warp" to have is neck hang straight down as his muscles were now separated from his shoulders. I also created a duplicate layer and turned it reddish purple, set it in the back and dragged it down a touch to get a red edge along the cut of his neck.

5) Lastly, a touchup layer was added to clean up lint, spots, etc.

By the way, the coloring is from NIK software where I used "Bleach Bypass" setting.

Chad's Severed Head blog imagesChad's Severed Head blog images© Reidar Schopp, All Rights Reserved, www.RLSFoto.com.

These images are for my blog entry as to how I created the severed head

 

We shot 2 sets, the first with the copper barbed wire suspending Chad's head. The second was without wire but gave Chad a choice of multiple 100 year old pipes to use inside a different Bell Jar.

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Crucifixion http://www.rlsfoto.com/blog/2015/1/crucifixion Reading the following excellent article http://mic.com/articles/108004/the-sacred-profane-and-charlie-hebdo-why-we-must-protect-art-s-ability-to-shock reminded me of a thread on ModelMayhem over a crucifixion image I created in 2007. The image was inspired after an argument with Monsignor Thomas McDonald at the St Mary’s Cathedral in Perth, Australia. Although St Mary’s was in need of repairs, it was a beautiful Gothic cathedral.

 

The back story of this image as well as all my crucifixion images are from my interaction with Monsignor Thomas McDonald at St Mary's Cathedral in Perth, Australia back in March of 2006. St Mary's is a beautiful church although at the time I was there, the interior paint was peeling and in need of repairs for which the church was gathering funds. Outside of this (what I consider) Gothic style church was a large grassy area and across the street an open area where the teenage and young adult "Goths" would hang-out. My proposal was the photograph the Goths (many of whom I knew and photographed) inside the cathedral participating in the Catholic services.

 

Monsignor McDonald gave me permission to photograph the cathedral. After making the arrangements and times, he asked about the series. He must have thought I was talking about Gothic cathedrals. As I explained I was shooting a series on goth people, the monsignor then said no that I cannot photograph in the cathedral. He insisted that all the Goths were Satanists.
Our discussion lasted quite some time.  It boiled down to the monsignor telling me that the image would represent that the Catholic Church was Satanic.

 

I told him that I know many of the Goths that hang out at the park across the street. I had photographed many and consider many my friends (I still am in touch with a few and they have a standing invitation to stay at my home if they ever come here to vacation).

 

We debated various points about Goths being Satanists, Wiccan, Catholic and why does it even matter when the church is supposed to welcome all. During the time with him, I mentioned that my children are baptized Catholic as is my wife and I found him to be offensive and hypocritical. What ever happened to "love they neighbor" and all the other teachings in all religious books?

 

With that, he was infuriated at me and told me to leave immediately.

 

This is one of the images that came to mind as I was leaving. His argument had already condemned those that he did not know and would not open his mind beyond the Goths black clothing and make-up.


I did end-up shooting the initial concept that McDonald rejected at the Weisly Church. The Father at that church welcomed the idea and the Goths without concern of others’ perceptions. He even participated as a model in the shot, being the Father presiding over our mock services.

 

It took me 20 months to finally pull off the first crucifixion shoot. I have been kicked out of all but one church and even cemeteries proposing the idea of the crucifixion. Because of the location hassles, I knew this shot would stir controversy, but I also hope that even in a small way, people will try to look beyond the surface and try to see the meaning. It is about belief and cannot be claimed by any race, creed, or even a subculture. And it applies to all religions.

 

Once I posted the image onto ModelMayhem.com, the comments started when a potential model that was going to work with me saw the crucifixion image. She started a thread that ended up with several hundred comments. But what I found amazing was all the various tangents, support, hatred, and racism appeared in the thread. Even though the thread was blocked so that no one else could post, it is actually still available to read. You can access the thread at: http://www.modelmayhem.com/p.php?thread_id=208425

 

Crucifixion & AngelCrucifixion & Angel© Reidar Schopp, All Rights Reserved, www.RLSFoto.com. My most ambitious shoot at the time (Sept, 29, 2007). Thistle Harlequin was Jesus, Rebel Smith as the Angel. But the set also included several others who were to be additional angels, one devil, 2 MUA's, and a piercer. I went with the simpler image.

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The Consumption of Love http://www.rlsfoto.com/blog/2015/1/the-consumption-of-love My wife Gigi noticed a black rose bud (Baccarat Hybrid) covered in aphids while pruning our roses. She called me over to check it out. I grabbed a vase and then cut the bud to put into the studio while I set up for the image. Carrying the rose to the studio, I was thinking of a title as that is the area I struggle with most. Although at the time I came up with “All Consuming Love”, I eventually settled on “The Consumption of Love” when this image went to Gallery Azul for one of their shows.

The image set-up follows:

  1. For the backdrop, I used black felt draped over backdrop supports.
  2. The rose was held in position by an alligator clip soldered onto a thin metal rod and held to a light stand by a clamp. I did not want the rose to remain in the vase to eliminate reflections off the glass.
  3. The camera was a Canon EOS-1D Mark II with a Canon 100mm macro lens. I wanted most of the rose to be in focus, so I set the lens to f32 and the shutter to 1/160 sec and ISO 100.
  4. To light the rose, I decided against using my DynaLite strobes, instead opting for my Canon Macro ring light. But, I wanted to emphasize the texture and depth from the aphids, so instead of mounting the light to the lens, I hand held the light as far as I could stretch the cable from the camera’s hot shoe. The final position was to the camera’s left of the rose about 12 inches above it. I also added a small reflector under the rose to get a bit of light onto the stem to eliminate a rose floating in space.

Image editing beyond levels, curves, and sharpening (I always shoot RAW). I did not like the bright green of the aphids against the deep blackish red of the rose, so I knew this would be some form of a black and white image.

  1. The first conversion to B&W was the use of NIK Silver Efex Pro. To get maintain some of the rose’s coloring, I set the opacity of this layer at 87%.
  2. To completely eliminate the green of the aphids, I processed the image again in Silver Efex Pro. But this time I masked the petals of the rose to protect the red and convert the aphids to white with the remaining areas also converting fully to B&W.

 Shot: March 28, 2008

 

The Consumption of LoveThe Consumption of LoveMy wife Gigi noticed this black rose bud (Baccarat Hybrid) covered in aphids while pruning our roses. She called me over to check it out. I grabbed a vase and then cut the bud to put into the studio while I set up for the image. Carrying the rose to the studio, I was thinking of a title as that is the area I struggle with most. Although at the time I came up with “All Consuming Love”, I eventually settled on “The Consumption of Love” when this image went to Gallery Azul for one of their shows.

The image set-up follows:

1)For the backdrop, I used black felt draped over backdrop supports.
2)The rose was held in position by an alligator clip soldered onto a thin metal rod and held to a light stand by a clamp. I did not want the rose to remain in the vase to eliminate reflections off the glass.
3)The camera was a Canon EOS-1D Mark II with a Canon 100mm macro lens. I wanted most of the rose to be in focus, so I set the lens to f32 and the shutter to 1/160 sec and ISO 100.
4)To light the rose, I decided against using my DynaLite strobes, instead opting for my Canon Macro ring light. But, I wanted to emphasize the texture and depth from the aphids, so instead of mounting the light to the lens, I hand held the light as far as I could stretch the cable from the camera’s hot shoe. The final position was to the camera’s left of the rose about 12 inches above it. I also added a small reflector under the rose to get a bit of light onto the stem to eliminate a rose floating in space.

Image editing beyond levels, curves, and sharpening (I always shoot RAW). I did not like the bright green of the aphids against the deep blackish red of the rose, so I knew this would be some form of a black and white image.
1)The first conversion to B&W was the use of NIK Silver Efex Pro. To get maintain some of the rose’s coloring, I set the opacity of this layer at 87%.
2)To completely eliminate the green of the aphids, I processed the image again in Silver Efex Pro.

 

I just submitted this image to Shutterbug for their "Picture This" section of their magazine: http://www.shutterbug.com/content/consumption-love

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rlsfoto@yahoo.com (RLSFoto) All Consuming Love Aphids Baccarat Hybrid Rose Black Rose RLSFoto RLSFoto.com Reidar Schopp Rose The Consumption of Love black and white http://www.rlsfoto.com/blog/2015/1/the-consumption-of-love Thu, 01 Jan 2015 08:34:58 GMT
The creation of "Best Friends" http://www.rlsfoto.com/blog/2014/12/the-creation-of-best-friends Best FriendsBest FriendsMy daughter Rori and her puppy English Mastif Roxy watching TV together. 2003 Grand Prize and First Place Children and Animals for the American Humane Association. 2002 American Humane Annual Report. 10th Annual International Picture Contest, First Prize: Candid/Humor, Popular Photography, January 2004, page 88. © Reidar Schopp, All Rights Reserved, www.RLSFoto.com.

“Best Friends”

This photo was created as homework assignment for an advanced photography class for portraiture. The inspiration was seeing my daughter and her 5 month-old English Mastiff puppy Roxy (nearly the size of my 14 year-old daughter) lying on the floor together watching TV. I instantly pictured this as the image, including it being a black & white. As this was created before I built my studio, we converted the den temporarily into a studio.

To capture this image, I had to move the couch into the doorway so I could obtain a straight shot of their feet (paws) and to light the scene as I needed. The den was too small for me to shoot in the same room. I had my daughter (Rori) get into position first. Next, I picked up the dog and placed her on her back on the couch next to Rori. My wife held Roxy in position and keeping the hind legs crossed to mimic Rori's feet. Of course, they had to be pointing toward each other as these two were inseparable.  36 exposures of SCALA (black and white slide film pushed to 1600 ASA) were taken using different lenses, filters, f-stops, and lighting to ensure a good photo for class. As I did not have strobes at the time, I used photofloods. Of course, with the photofloods, you could see the light and shadows which helps tremendously, but the power output is less. Yes, the extent of creating images during the days of film and not seeing what you created instantly! Although not technically a portrait, it was the favored photo of the class.

The lighting set-up was one light above my head while I sat on the floor to cut our everything but the feet. And, it was hot sitting under the one photoflood (500w daylight bulb). The backlight was the same type of 500w bulb but to camera right to provide fill light and trying to keep spill from hitting the back wall.

This photo was awarded Grand Prize in the American Humane Society’s 2003 Humane Images Photo Contest as well as their First Prize in the Children and Animals category. This photo also took First Prize in Popular Photography and Imaging’s 2003 International Photo Contest, published in the January 2004 edition.

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rlsfoto@yahoo.com (RLSFoto) Agfa Scala Best Friends RLSFoto RLSFoto.com Reidar Schopp Rori Hans Rori Schopp Roxy black and white ©2002 Reidar Schopp / RLSFoto.com. All Rights Reserved http://www.rlsfoto.com/blog/2014/12/the-creation-of-best-friends Tue, 09 Dec 2014 01:56:31 GMT
Las Vegas Skyline http://www.rlsfoto.com/blog/2014/12/las-vegas-skyline Gigi, Devin, and I traveled to Henderson, Nevada to spend Thanksgiving with Gigi's parents. This trip I was dedicating time to finally shoot the Las Vegas skyline at night from the hills in Henderson. To get the images, I brought my Canon 5D Mark II and 1Ds that I converted to capture infrared, my Manfrotto tripod, and my Canon 500mm.

During the day, I wanted to find the location. Gigi and I hiked up a steep hill that provided an unobstructed view of the strip. It took us 15-20 minutes to get to the top. The surface was loose dirt and lava rock. Once we made it to the top, I used the 500mm mounted on the Infrared camera hand holding and shot enough frames to stitch 16 images for the panorama. The image measures 11 feet in length.

Infrared Las Vegas SkylineInfrared Las Vegas Skyline© Reidar Schopp, All Rights Reserved, www.RLSFoto.com. Visiting Gigi's parents for Thanksgiving with Devin. Panorama images of Las Vegas cityscape in day. This image is 11 feet by 8 inches. 16 stitched images. Image shot Nov 27, 2014.

 

After climbing back down to the car, Gigi and I discussed trying to climb that hill at night. We decided with the equipment and then holding flashlights in the dark, we had to find an easier location.

We drove along Horizon Ridge and at the cross street of Gilbert, the road went up a hill and off to the right of the road was a flat bluff that got me over the power lines, street lights, and homes. We explored other locations, but between construction fences and gated communities, we opted to return to the Gilbert location that evening.

I awoke from a nap late and realized it was already twilight which is when I wanted to be at the location. Gigi and I grabbed the equipment and drove to the location. But, it was total darkness when we arrived. Even so, I set up the tripod. I have never purchased a level for the tripod so setting it up for the panorama with the 500mm lens took a few minutes as I tested the swing of the lens from one end of the Las Vegas strip to the old strip keeping everything level. Based on the afternoon shots from earlier that day, I knew I needed to make 2 passes to build up the height of the image. Testing exposure in manual mode and manual focus, I selected 10 seconds at f11 and turned on noise reduction. It took 32 images to capture the full strip excluding those images were jets were streaking the sky.

I used Adobe Photoshop CS5 photomerge functionality turning on blending and vignette correction. I then flattened the image. From there I processed the image using NIK Dfine to smooth the noise and then followed up with NIK Color Efex Pro to brighted the colors. I then added a curve layer to reduce the red sodium glow in the sky. This finished images is 15 feet long by 16 inches high.

Las Vegas Night SkylineLas Vegas Night Skyline© Reidar Schopp, All Rights Reserved, www.RLSFoto.com. Thanksgiving weekend trip to visit Gigi's parents in Henderson, Nevada. 32 images created this panorama shot from a hill above Horizon Ridge road and Gilbert. 12 feet x 11 inches. 36 images for this panorama. Image shot Nov 27, 2014.

For anyone interested in a print, please contact me (RLSFoto@yahoo.com). I am offering signed limited edition of 9 for each of the infrared and night panoramas at $750 each.

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rlsfoto@yahoo.com (RLSFoto) Canon 500mm Canon 5D Mark II City Skyline Las Vegas RLSFoto Reidar Schopp color infrared night cityscape panorama http://www.rlsfoto.com/blog/2014/12/las-vegas-skyline Tue, 02 Dec 2014 07:22:24 GMT
Inferno by James Nachtwey http://www.rlsfoto.com/blog/2014/10/inferno-by-james-nachtwey I just completed reading Inferno, the "photography" book by photographer James Nachtwey. I placed the quotes around photography as although it is a photography book, it tells the compelling story, actually, the history, our history of the end of the 20th century and the horrors inflicted upon one another.

In the 1990's, I like most of my friends and family were living our lives with our own struggles. I recall hearing most of these stories in distant lands in countries that may have been covered in geography or history lessons, and maybe even answers rattled off in Jeopardy. And, of course, 15 years later, there have even been a few movies basing their plots in these killing fields.

What has touched me in reading this graphic novel of images is that we have not learned from the Holocaust of WWII. Even with the marketing to spread the truths of what people are capable of doing and how readily willing they are to ignore their conscious for their leaders' dogma, the truth is, people continue to this day brutalizing others for being different. Apparently the existence of multiple dedicated museums and historical sites of violence, brutality, and murder fall on deaf ears to those "leaders" that act on their greed, images of grandeur, bigoted thoughts, and their shallow compassion for other beings.

In the afterword of the book, Nachtwey begins with:

"Inferno represents a personal journal through the dark reaches of the last decade of the twentieth century.  It is a record of loss, grief, injustice, suffering, violence and death. Implicit is an appeal to the reader's best instincts - a spirit of generosity, a sense of right and wrong, the ability and the willingness to identify with others, the refusal to accept the unacceptable."

This book should be required reading, study, and discussion starting with high school.

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rlsfoto@yahoo.com (RLSFoto) Inferno James Nachtey RLSFoto RLSFoto.com Reidar Schopp black and white death history holocaust horror photography http://www.rlsfoto.com/blog/2014/10/inferno-by-james-nachtwey Sat, 11 Oct 2014 06:06:08 GMT
Night Abstracts of the Rio Casino in Las Vegas http://www.rlsfoto.com/blog/2014/9/night-abstracts-of-the-rio-casino-in-las-vegas On a recent trip to Henderson to visit my wife's parents, we went to see Penn & Teller's performance at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. Usually, being with family I do not photograph much as it takes time and the family does not want to wait. But, in this case, I was told that I can bring the camera into the show and that Penn & Teller will be outside after the show for photos.

As it was twilight when we arrived at the Rio, I started shooting time exposures as we walked from the car to the Penn & Teller Theater. Some of the Strip on the other side of the freeway, but mostly of the Rio and the colorful lights on and around the building. With the blue sky as the backdrop, the images were okay. But, for my tastes, I like a jet black background, so I knew the return trip top the car would be a better time for these motion abstracts.

 

Rio, Las VegasRio, Las Vegas© Reidar Schopp, All Rights Reserved, www.RLSFoto.com. Trip to Henderson for Gigi's dad's birthday. Went to Penn & Teller's show in the Rio. Also includes landscapes photograghed from the 15 in infrared.

The image above the aiming at the top of the Rio and its name (what appears as blue and red ribbon bunched in the left third). The swirl of the dominant lights are those of the building. As you can see, I twisted the camera just over 1/2 a turn. The camera settings were ISO 100, f5.6 and 0.7 seconds. I used Photoshop and NIK to increase contrast and saturation, and to drive the background to black and remove residual light that was interfering with the contrast.

Rio Casino Las VegasRio Casino Las Vegas© Reidar Schopp, All Rights Reserved, www.RLSFoto.com. Trip to Henderson for Gigi's dad's birthday. Went to Penn & Teller's show in the Rio. Also includes landscapes photograghed from the 15 in infrared.

This second image is aiming the camera into the center of the building and twisting the camera again. My favorite section of this image is the center grid. Although twisting the camera you may expect a blur, as the lighting is AC, its flickering is picked up by the camera during its movement. Basically a strobe effect which allows the capture of distinct lines. The speed of the twisting or movement either tightens the strobe effect if moving slow, or spreads out the effect when moving fast. This image was shot at ISO 100, f5.6 and at 1 second.

By the way, Penn was out in the crowd (standing at about 6'7", he was easy to spot). I assume Teller was there as well. But I did not find fighting the crowd to photograph them was worth the effort. I would rather have them in my studio so that I could play with a "magic" concept.

 

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rlsfoto@yahoo.com (RLSFoto) Abstract Black Blue Burton Fadich Color Desert Elaine Fadich Gigi Fadich Green Jackson Pollock Las Vegas Night Abstract Penn & Teller RLSFoto RLSFoto.com Red Reidar Schopp Rio Casino light abstract motion abstract night swirls vivid http://www.rlsfoto.com/blog/2014/9/night-abstracts-of-the-rio-casino-in-las-vegas Tue, 30 Sep 2014 03:38:16 GMT
Casting Call - Mariachi Band http://www.rlsfoto.com/blog/2014/8/casting-call---mariachi-band I am looking for a Mariachi band to photograph in my studio in San Pedro, CA. The image will be for a submission to Gallery Azul (Dia de Los Muertos Group Art Exhibition) at the end of this September, so I would like to schedule the band the first half of September if possible. If anyone knows of a band, please have them contact me at RLSFoto@yahoo.com. For the mariachi's time in participating in this concept, I will photograph the band as they want for their use in promotions, etc.

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rlsfoto@yahoo.com (RLSFoto) Castig Call Gallery Azul Mariachi Mariachi Band RLSFoto Reidar Schopp http://www.rlsfoto.com/blog/2014/8/casting-call---mariachi-band Sun, 24 Aug 2014 05:04:05 GMT
Fireworks off the Tripod http://www.rlsfoto.com/blog/2014/7/fireworks-off-the-tripod Firework Explosion_MG_0130Firework Explosion_MG_0130© Reidar Schopp, All Rights Reserved, www.RLSFoto.com. Shot from my house. Early images are on a tripod, but the later are handheld with my 500mm lens. There are too many power lines on obstacles so by handholding and moving the lens during the time exposure, I am expecting the obstacles to disappear.
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Every year I see photo magazines give advice on how to shoot fireworks for the fourth of July celebrations. Use a tripod, expose for a few seconds, set the f-stop to f16, etc. You will succeed in capturing the same images as everyone else. Although I do use a tripod for part of the firework displays, I have more fun handholding the camera but still maintaining a long exposure. I change the exposure between 2 seconds down to ½ second as well as the f-stop with it ranging from f5.6 to f16. It depends on is we have a clear night, the amount of ambient light, the amount of smoke in the air, etc.

The above image is actually two, each shot at 1.5 seconds and f5.6 using a 500mm Canon lens (jokingly called my Africa Lens) The first image is the blue burst that I tracked via the rocket trail (seen coming out of the upper left and to the center of the sky rocket’s explosion. The second image of this composite are the trails leading from the center of the explosion in the first image to the lower right edge. This was the remains after a firework exploded and I was just moving the lens across the sky.

Break the rules, step away from what everyone else is doing. Always experiment and try different approaches. You will be astonished at some of the images that appear on your computer screen.

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rlsfoto@yahoo.com (RLSFoto) 4th of July Independence Day Los Angeles Harbor RLSFoto RLSFoto.com Reidar Schopp San Pedro abstracts color explosions fireworks motion moving sky rockets http://www.rlsfoto.com/blog/2014/7/fireworks-off-the-tripod Sat, 05 Jul 2014 06:46:58 GMT
Creating books on RLSFoto.com of your events http://www.rlsfoto.com/blog/2014/6/creating-books-on-rlsfoto-com-of-your-events This post is to help my clients and friends design and create books from my images or images that I had the honor to photograph at your event, be it your wedding, bridal shower, a boudoir session, graduation or other celebration.

If the attached document does not help, please reach out to me and I will assist you.

http://www.rlsfoto.com/creating-a-book-in-rlsfoto-com

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rlsfoto@yahoo.com (RLSFoto) Books book design custom books instructions instructions to create a book publish purchase http://www.rlsfoto.com/blog/2014/6/creating-books-on-rlsfoto-com-of-your-events Thu, 05 Jun 2014 06:03:58 GMT
Los Angeles Chinatown Firecracker 5/10K Run http://www.rlsfoto.com/blog/2014/3/los-angeles-chinatown-firecracker-5/10k-run  

Last Sunday (Feb 23, 2014), I photographed the Los Angeles Chinatown Firecracker Run. This was the second year for me as my wife and her friends participate in the 10K. Last year I was shooting for myself. This year I was shooting for the Firecracker Run as it turns out a friend of mine and also a Deloitte co-worker, Bryan Yue provided a Media Pass so I could explore the entire event. _MG_5583_MG_5583© Reidar Schopp, All Rights Reserved, www.RLSFoto.com. February 23, 2014 Los Angeles Chinatown Firecracker Run. This year I received a Media badge which allowed me more access to behind the scenes areas. But, I prefer to shoot the runners on the road, away from the finish lines.

Similar to last year, most of my time was spent out on the course capturing the runners. Unlike last year, I shot color rather than infrared images (without editing, the photos are brown when outside whereas in my studio they tend to be a more pleasant blue).

Like last year, many runners enjoy a bit of ham with their photo. Jumping, running past and then collecting friends and then running past again, you can tell that most are out just for the fun of participating. Once the serious participants run past, sweating, appearing in pain, and certainly some grasping for air, the following are a parade of a multitude of people including friends, families, children, and dogs.

I have never shot any of the larger running events such as marathons, so not sure if the same feeling of celebration exists during the course, but it certainly makes this a fun event, especially for my camera and I. And, lunch following the race at Ocean Seafood with friends is a great end to this charitable event (www.Firecracker10.org).

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rlsfoto@yahoo.com (RLSFoto) 10K 5K Charity Chinatown Community Service Dodger Stadium February 23, 2014 Firecracker Fund raiser Los Angeles Los Angeles Chinatown Firecracker Run Neighborhood Portraits RLSFoto RLSFoto.com Reidar Schopp Sporting Event Volunteers color race runners running www.Firecracker10.org http://www.rlsfoto.com/blog/2014/3/los-angeles-chinatown-firecracker-5/10k-run Sun, 02 Mar 2014 18:30:59 GMT