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The Thing
The Thing

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Challenge: Free Study 2008-04 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
Location: Studio Laugavegur, Iceland
Date: Apr 16, 2008
Aperture: 8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Studio, Advertisement
Date Uploaded: Apr 30, 2008

This is Gassi or "Gaz-Man" from the group Mercedes Club as The Thing from the Fantastic Four comics. It´s part of the Superhero series me, Henný and Eva Hrönn, are working on. Just click this link and it´ll take you to the whole series on Flickr.

Like I said earlier, Henný and Eva Hrönn did the makeup/bodypaint on this shot.

Used 5 lights for this one, although could as well have been four since the one lighting the backround doesn´t really matter since the smoke covers that area. This was one of the last shot´s taken in that session and I just didn´t bother turning it off as we wanted to end with shooting in smoke since it takes a little while to clear out the smoke. The other lights was one big softbox from my right, a big octobox on my left and then two striplight softboxes behind him for back/rimlighing and to light up the smoke.

As far as processing goes, there was not so much smoke as it is on the front of his legs so I "borrowed" some smoke from the corners and the side and posted over his legs and shorts. Other than that was just basic raw conversion, levels, curves and sharpened after resizing. The smoke was from a cheap smokemachine we bought at Toy´s ´r us and at first I didn´t like it being so blue so I was going to desaturate it but when I did that, I thought the blue smoke was cooler, fit´s the Fantastic Four much better and contrast nicely to the orange bodypaint.

Place: 21 out of 468
Avg (all users): 6.6040
Avg (commenters): 7.6923
Avg (participants): 6.5596
Avg (non-participants): 6.7250
Views since voting: 3696
Views during voting: 408
Votes: 149
Comments: 18
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06/09/2008 09:27:21 AM
i just recently bought a fog machine, tried something simliar to this, and used it during a photoshoot and i found it very very difficult keep the fog from making the room hazyafter a few fires of the fog machine. do you have any shots of your studio? i would like to see how big of a backdrop you own and stuff.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/07/2008 11:37:50 PM
Love the smoke, Love the look on Things face....Comic book characters, always a winner in my book.
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05/07/2008 02:34:50 PM
Snort! If you actually painted the lines on this gentleman, I hope it was water soluble! Nicely posed and I love the smoke. I just wish it'd been a bit more color neutral. But that's just a nit pic. Excellent image. Congrats.
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05/07/2008 09:26:30 AM
I had a modellike this but I lost a piece - excellent
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05/05/2008 10:53:51 PM
I don't really know what to think of this photograph. What I mean to say is that it has no cenceptual and/or aesthetic appeal to me. But on the other hand it's technically well done and if presented in a fitting context it no doubt might be seen as an outstanding work. So, I'll hit 7 at the moment and later see if I'm be inclined to raise it.
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05/04/2008 12:59:06 PM
wow that make up must have taken time! pity the elastic in the shorts is so obvious! it detracts from the out of this world feel.
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05/03/2008 08:05:37 PM
Beautiful use of smoke to give this a great dramatic feel. This guy looks familiar... ...this scene/setup feels like ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Larus?

The body painting is just awesome too! -BB
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05/02/2008 09:31:09 PM
Pretty cool looking. I like the smoke. A portrait of a wrestler, I'm assuming?
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05/02/2008 12:59:52 PM
woaahoho thats sweet Larus, i bet its difficult getting the fog to stay off of one area and not having it completely encompassing the frame, and im assuming your wife did the make up, way cool, yall make a great pair
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05/02/2008 09:06:34 AM
Ha ha. Hi Larus. As usual, great work. My constructively nit-picking criticisms are - his shorts just look slightly too much like boxer shorts, which doesn't quite fit his character, the bricks are too square around his belly button, and maybe too many thick lines obscuring his face. But hey, it's still fantastic work, and a great addition to your comic-book series.
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05/02/2008 07:33:05 AM
haha nice one mate. Like the smoke
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05/02/2008 05:16:19 AM
Might this be a part of Larus super-hero project? I think so. Anyways its an excellent image well lit and the bodypaint art and makeup is superb.
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05/01/2008 06:26:32 PM
Great image! I've been wanting to paint on somebody. This is clever and well-executed with the lighting, colors and smoke!
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05/01/2008 04:45:33 PM
well this is certainly not something you see everyday on DCP. He has a LOT of muscles. I like your body painting, the lines that have been drawn are very clean and sharp and the mist/smoke enchances this. It could be my moniture but he does look a little orange, great imagination here, well done
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05/01/2008 01:32:24 PM
Thats cool Larus. Did you make this guy up or is there are real character called 'The Thing'?
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05/01/2008 11:11:13 AM
Cool production!
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05/01/2008 10:56:59 AM
Is it you Larus? If it is, im really loving this superhero series! Makeup is brilliant as usual, and a great theme choice- its certainly a twist! Great photograph, the expression is just perfect.
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05/01/2008 06:13:55 AM
My guess is that this is a Larus shot. ;-)
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