About a month back, I threw up on facebook a small status update: “If I hit 10,000 fans I will…” and said that I would try my best to do the comment with the most likes.
Jeremy Au Yeung, a young fan and fellow photographer from Toronto came up with the suggestion: “Take a provocative self-nude shoot”… which turned out to be the most popular comment…! This photograph is the result of it.
From the start, I had decided that I would want to take a photograph of myself in something that involved a really nice light and some rain so initial thoughts turned around creating a magnificent rain machine or something similar. Unfortunately, that approach was mildly complex so things got slightly delayed as I tried to assemble the pieces to make that shoot possible. Thankfully though, Nature decided to kick while I was off in a solitary retreat in a small cabin belonging to my friend Monique.
Of course, I figured that a small video would be welcome so I threw a small one up on my Youtube Channel showcasing a small stop motion as well as a fast-forward of the photoshop edit (20 minutes!)
For those that are curious about the post-processing I simply went for a desaturated look through Lightroom
and then proceeded doing general cleanup in Photoshop CS6 by removing distracting lines and Bokeh with the healing/clone brush. The final steps for those who didn’t catch it were the High Pass filter to sharpen the image and curves to add that blueish tint to the image.