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Kriegaffe #10 (0)

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Kriegaffe #10

I should subtitle this "When in doubt, Photoshop the crap out of it". I had a really great idea for ol' War Ape here, but I don't have any more sparklers (used them all in a shoot that didn't turn out), I don't have a way to safely produce arcs of electricity (haven't built that Jacob's Ladder), and he's so tall (relatively speaking) that any fire I used just didn't work out.

Call it an exercise in creative frustration.

I originally envisioned a scene with lots of sparks, some smoke, a little fire, a glint in the monster's eye; you know, Frankenstein. I wanted something that was as much fun to set up as it would be to shoot. What I settled for is a barely aggressive pose shot against a plain background. After about an hour and a half of heavy Photoshop work, what was originally a boring portrait of a gorilla is a little closer to what I originally intended. The photo looks old, it looks dusty, it looks like something a mad scientist would come up with and, for now, that's good enough. I'll definitely be shooting Mr. War Ape again!

Frankenexif's monster:

Camera: Fujifilm FinePixS2Pro
Exposure: 0.7 sec (7/10)
Aperture: f/1.8
Focal Length: 50 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 1 EV

Orientation: Horizontal (normal)
X-Resolution: 72 dpi
Y-Resolution: 72 dpi
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Date and Time: 2008:01:10 16:09:45
Tag::TIFF::0x882A: -6, -6
Exposure Program: Normal
Date and Time (Original): 2008:01:10 15:47:34
Date and Time (Digitized): 2008:01:10 15:47:34
Shutter Speed: 514573/1000000
Brightness: -133/100
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
Light Source: Daylight
Color Space: Uncalibrated
Focal Plane X-Resolution: 630 dpc
Focal Plane Y-Resolution: 630 dpc
Sensing Method: One-chip colour area sensor
Exposure Mode: Auto bracket
White Balance: Manual
Focal Length In 35mm Film: 75
Saturation: High saturation
Compression: JPEG
Image Width: 3024 pixels
Image Height: 2024 pixels

Be good,

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