It's been said that Prague-based Photographer and Retoucher Erik Johansson doesn't capture moments, he captures ideas. To him, photography is a way to actualize complex, surreal concepts that are in his head. So, when you think about it, it wouldn't be a stretch to say that Johansson is kind of like our generation's Ansel Adams, as they both heavily employed previsualization techniques while pioneering unique solutions to achieve their visions. The end results are images that match the exact ideas they had in their minds' eyes.
Johansson's latest concept, "Impact," had him creating an image in which a lake was breaking up as if it were a mirror. Wanting the effect to look as realistic as possible, he decided to pick up seventeen square meters of mirror, a boat, and a model, which he dragged out to a stone pit last summer. This five-minute video follows Johansson as he spends months bringing his image to fruition. The resulting behind-the-scenes glimpse is fascinating and does an amazing job at showing you how much work actually goes into creating a single photo. And even though one of his pieces can consist of hundreds of different images, he doesn't use any CGI or stock photos in his personal work. Instead, he opts to use a complex combination of his own photographs. Amazing work as always Erik. Thanks for sharing.
For all you gearheads out there, the shot was photographed with a Hasselblad H5D-40 and edited on a Eizo CG318-4k monitor with Adobe Photoshop. The video itself was filmed with a 4K GoPro4 Hero Black. Music ("Principles of Geometry") provided by Dam Aicoab.