Photo of the Week 4 September 2013
Congratulations to Stefan Dokoupil from Wels, Austria for his image “Im Herbst des Lebens, wenn die Liebe blüht” translated in English it means “In the Autumn of Live When Love Blossoms.” We were interested in the composition of the shot, and intrigued by the body language of the individuals in the image. Find out what this image was used for, what gear Stefan needed for the shot and what type of photography he enjoys both professionally and personally.
What type of camera, gear, and equipment did you use to capture the shot?
To capture the shot I used a Leica M9 with Leica Summilux-M 1:1,4/35 mm ASPH. The light setup was consisted of a 180 Octabox from Profoto, the light is a Profoto Acute B2 AirS. Additionally, I used two Sunbounce Pro and a Sunbounce Sunswatter.
Where was the image taken? What is the message that you are trying to convey with this portrait? How did you decide on the pose for the individuals in the image, and on using these individuals for this particular shot?
The image was taken in Salzburg, Austria, by order of the “Salzburger Schauspielhaus.” It was taken in the open air of the front yard of an ancient house. The individuals are actors from the performance group “Die Kleingmeiner.” The image was used as a playbill for the play “The Trouble with the Old” (Original: Immer Ärger mit den Alten). It is about a couple who have been married for 50 years but actually the two hate each other like poison but they still stick together. Because of that I came up with the idea of portraying the individuals in this turned away pose and yet they still are holding each other’s hand.
How much time did you spend in post-production editing and retouching this image?
In case of this special picture the post-production was very simple because it was already taken that way. I only used tonal correction and partial contrast enhancement. At that time the image was edited in Photoshop CS4.
What type of photography do you enjoy most for personal and professional projects?
I work as a fashion and advertising photographer. Therefore, I enjoy most photographing all that goes with people and stories. With my pictures I love telling stories that are thought provoking.
Who are some photographers that inspire you?
The great advertising photographers fascinate me especially Staudinger+Franke from Austria and the great Dave Hill – perfection at its best!
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