Swan Lake

loving his image by Dmitry G Pavlov,  it’s very similar to what i aim to achieve from my shoot ,

Swan Lake – Photographed by Dmitry G Pavlov

swan lake - dmitry g pavlov - institute magazine

Image source – https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=758679824160163&set=a.686878054673674.1073741831.215391081822376&type=1&theater


Quite like the idea of using paper lashes like these

paper lashesImage source – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/26/paperself-deer-butterfly-false-eyelashes_n_929144.html

Initial shot ideas.

The idea of the shoot will be that  an angel has been cast out of heaven and fallen to earth. unhappy with this she makes attempts to get back up to heaven, before finally coming to terms with the situation and   embracing the dark side.

Initial shot ideas;

Shot 1 :

Angel  on the ground crying ( looking upwards?),  with her  broken wings on the ground / feathers in her hands / around her. – dressed in  dirty white / grey – snooted lighting for dramatic effect ?

axe-angel--large-msg-118539253996Image source – http://cdn.buzznet.com/assets/users16/deokaulitza/default/axe-angel–large-msg-118539253996.jpg


Image Source – http://ih0.redbubble.net/image.9808329.9181/flat,550×550,075,f.jpg


Image Source – http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z33/suleskev/Angels/brokenangel01-2.jpg

shot 2:

The angel, with balloons tied to her in place of her wings  in an attempt to float back up to heaven,


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Image Source – http://www.flickr.com/photos/33210724@N03/5094666166

 Shot 3 :

The Angel, having  fully Embraced the darkside is dressed fully  in Black / black wings  – dark makeup.

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Fallen Angel

This next project  will be a   dark themed  shoot based loosely on Paolo Roversi‘s  “a white story”


Roversi 2

roversi 1

Images  © Paolo Roversi – Vogue Itallia

drawing inspiration from the  the above Predominately white on white Images i  intend to create a set of  predominately Dark on Dark  images drawing inspiration from the  ” Dark Angel / Fallen Angel ” mythology and dark  gothic style fashion.

fallen angel anne menke

Fallen Angel – Anne Menke

Image Source – http://silknoise.com/2010/09/23/americas-next-top-model-recap-ep-3/


Image Source – http://www.radhark.com/?p=519


Image Source – http://diorablestyle.blogspot.co.uk/2011/02/london-fashion-week-julien-macdonalds_23.html


Image source – http://www.gothic.stir.ac.uk/guestblog/amy-winehouse-gothic-chanels-prefall-2008-collection/

LPA Student Challenges – Challenge No2

The Challenge – submit an Image on the theme “New Year.”

Deadline – 16th Decemeber.


What is New Year?

On the old Roman calendar, March 15 was the day which began the new year. The March date had basically been considered the beginning of spring, a logical time to begin a new year. But for political and military reasons, January 1, 153 B.C. became the day to observe the beginning of the new year. From then on, the Roman year began on January first, and has continued until this day. – sharefaith.com

Associated with new year

New Beginnings –  A clean slate. The opportunity to start over. The chance to do better. It’s here! The start of a new year gives all of us the wonderful new possibility of making a positive change in our lives. In reality we can make a fresh start at anytime of the year, but we tend to realize this more at the beginning of a new year.- New hope now

New years Eve (Hogmany)  – The evening of Dec 31, often celebrated with parties – Collins dictionary. New Year’s Eve is celebrated because it signifies the end of twelve months in a person’s life. During this day, people reflect on the good and the bad of the year that’s just passed, and make choices and resolutions for the coming year. The anticipation for New Year’s Day also gets people in the mood to celebrate.- uk ask.com

CalendarsA calendar is a chart or device which displays the date and the day of the week, and often the whole of a particular year. – Collins dictionary

FireworksNoise making and fireworks on New Year’s eve is believed to have originated in ancient times, when noise and fire were thought to dispel evil spirits and bring good luck. The Chinese are credited with inventing fireworks and use them to spectacular effect in their New Year’s celebrations. – infoplease.com

The Bells / strike of midnight / countdown to midnight – It is traditional to stay up and see the old year out. Its exit is usually noisy. All over Britain there are parties, fireworks, singing and dancing, to ring out the old year and ring in the new. – Project Britian

Auld lang syne Immediately after midnight it is traditional to sing Robert Burns’ “For Auld Lang Syne”.  –  Rampant Scotland

Friends / Family – It is traditional to greet the New Year at midnight and then celebrate at least the first few minutes in the company of friends and family. – Around the world

Parties / Alcohol – Many people see the old year out with a party, welcoming in the New Year with toasts of champagne, and exchanging good wishes for a ‘Happy New Year’. In Scotland, New Year’s Eve is celebrated with much drinking and revelry as Hogmany, which traditionally lasts for a day or more into the New Year. – Project Britian

 New Years resolutions a promise to yourself or decision to do something, especially to improve one’s behaviour or lifestyle in some way, during the year ahead – Collins dictonary .

according to the daily mail the top 10 new years resolutions for 2012 were

1.    Lose weight

2.    Get fit

3.    Eat more healthily

4.    Save money/spend less

5.    Get a new job

6.    Spend more time with people who matter

7.    Try new experiences

8.    Get out of a rut

9.    Visit a country you’ve never been to

10.  Read more

source – Dailymail.co.uk

I intend to approach this project from a more conceptual point of view, symbolising the new year with new beginnings / fresh start.

In the background of the frame i will have  a bright and airy window / french doors with a figure looking outwards symbolising looking out/forward to a brighter day / future.

Examples of someone standing at the window:

window figure 1Image source – Think Stock

window figure 2Image source – Asia Images group

I will use a shallow Dof to throw this background out of focus bringing the viewers attention to the  foreground of the image

The focal point of my image will be a  calendar  in the foreground of the frame displaying the month of December. The calendar will have all the dates crossed off in red leaving the final box unmarked,   this will   imply that the date is the 31st (hogmanay)

Calendar Example –

calendar 1Image source – 123rf

Template-December-2013-CalendarImage Source – Free Printable Calendar. net

I aim for the image to be bright and airy throughout giving a dream like effect. similar to the image below.


Image Source – sigmaphoto

Image submission:

graham 1onlineImage © Sylvia Shek

For this image I decided to have the crumpled calendar placed in the waste paper basket,  this  was to emphasise the fact that the year has come to an end and therefore the calendar has been thrown away, symbolising  “out with the old in with the new” . The french doors  signify the tradition of opening doors  to let in good luck and the  the warm colour pallete  combined with  the bright airy high key tones  are significant to emphisise bright / new beginnings . The figure looking out of the window signifies looking out to a brighter future. I emphasised this element by adding a sunlight flare in the direction that the figure is looking towards.

Post Production

In post production i wanted to enhance  the futuristic look of the images. therefore after doing all the necessary retouching i darkened  the blacks / shadows  and opted for a more De-saturated colour pallete this gave the images a more Sci-fi appearance which i felt complimented the overall aesthetic look of the images.


One of the main problems with this technique is the inconsistency in the outcome of each shot. There were shots where the model looks good in the frame but there is lack of motion blur or the blur does not look attractive. (fig1)


There are shots where the blur looks  good but the model is captured in a less attractive position / angle, (fig2)



and there were  shots where the model would be caught at the edge of the frame or fall out of the frame completely. (fig3)


occasionally it was necessary to repeat the same actions and movements constantly until we got the shot needed,  Communication between the  model and myself was a very important factor as timing  was crucial to ensure that the model made enough movements and ended up in the final position at the right time for the flash to go off. it also helped in working out  what actions and movements would create a more attractive blur.

during the shoot i  was careful to make sure i also has some  shots taken without flash to enable me to capture only the blurred movement. this was so that i could use them in post production to composite into frames which lacked blur.

(All Images  © sylvia shek – all rights reserved)