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!
|Exposure:||0.7 sec (7/10)|
|Focal Length:||50 mm|
|Exposure Bias:||1 EV|
|Software:||Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows|
|Date and Time:||2008:01:10 16:09:45|
|Date and Time (Original):||2008:01:10 15:47:34|
|Date and Time (Digitized):||2008:01:10 15:47:34|
|Metering Mode:||Center Weighted Average|
|Focal Plane X-Resolution:||630 dpc|
|Focal Plane Y-Resolution:||630 dpc|
|Sensing Method:||One-chip colour area sensor|
|Exposure Mode:||Auto bracket|
|Focal Length In 35mm Film:||75|
|Image Width:||3024 pixels|
|Image Height:||2024 pixels|