Our friend Bill Wadman posted the photo above on his blog last week as part of his fantastic 365 project (number 78, for those of you keeping track). Just as a side note, I think Bill truly gets it when it comes to doing a 365 project. He uses the project as a means to grow and challenge himself creatively, not just so he can post another random shot of a dog or pair of shoes over a powerline to flickr and wait for the “Nice shot” comments from the others in the group posting the same things. But, I digress… So, Bill posted this shot and I asked him if he wouldn’t mind putting together a quick BTS of how he created it. To my surprise, I got a call this morning from the Man himself, letting me know that he was getting ready to upload the post. He asked if I wanted to post it on F&B as well. Rather than do that, I suggested we post a bit of it here and link to his site for the full piece so that you guys can check out more of his work.
From the post:
It all started with a vague idea of having Gatlin standing cool on a wall. As if he belonged there and it was no big deal. I wasn’t sure which wall or if it would work exactly. Being one of my 365.2011 shots, it was about doing something different and interesting.
Before Gatlin showed up, I took a walk out in front of my building in Brooklyn and looked for a wall. The cafe next door had this pretty great red brick wall that I though might do the trick, so I setup my tripod and took some shots. Swapped lenses a bit to get it right, ending on my trusty 28mm prime. Always trying to imagine how a person might fit into the frame. Since I wasn’t doing any scale shifting (making something smaller or larger than they are), it’s best to use the same lens for each element of the shot, that way the perspective and any lens effects stay constant. That makes it easier to blend the two in the end. In fact, placing the person in the same place in the frame that they’ll be in the final shot really helps. Allowing you to overlay the two and just mask them in. There’s more to it than that of course, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves.
Head over to Bill’s blog for the full behind the scenes, including more photos, as well as tips on how he handled the actual composite and post-processing. While you are there, you may want to check out his other work or listen to the latest episode of his podcast, Circuitous Conversations.
On Taking Pictures (Bill’s blog)