Seamstress Of Her Own Destiny
John Flury a photographer from Zurich, Switzerland shot this amazing conceptual photograph recently.
“This is the story of a young woman and her daily battle of working hard to become a professional flamenco dancer. As part of a project cycle called “Lichtdialoge” (dialogs in/with light), I am collaborating with people from different social/ethnical backgrounds to tell their own unique story in a conceptual and artistic fashion. The process sometimes takes months, to build the trust and understanding needed. With this photo however it only took a couple of weeks, because I had already a conceptual idea that applied perfectly to her story.
The photo was shot with three Canon speedlights: one in a Lastolite Hotrod Stripbox with a 1/2 CTB gel, a second one with a yellow gel shooting in the back of the aluminum covered lamp and a third one in a beauty dish, also with a yellow gel on it. I used tungsten white balance to shift everything, including the ambient light, towards the cool end of the color spectrum. The final composite consists of about a dozen separate exposures, which allowed me to change the angle and direction of the speedlights for each image part as needed.
The camera was locked on a tripod and remotely triggered via the iPhone “EOS Remote” app. The post-production process can be shortly described as the following steps: Compositing the 12 exposures into one image, retouching, light dynamics (darkening the background, drawing in light rays and), color & look (desaturation, some curves and selective coloring), texture (adding a little bit of wall texture to the back wall), selective sharpening. For more information about the process, please read my tutorial on http://1x.com/photo/171289/latest:tutorial.” -John Flury
Equipment: Canon 6D, EF 50mm F/1.4, three Canon speedlights, Lastolite Hotrod Stripbox, Sambesi beauty dish for speedlights.