February was another amazing month for our photo contest. The variety of self portraits we received was incredible, and made choosing a winner a difficult task again. In the end, Soumya Jayaraman’s fantastical image of searching for an afternoon snack levitated to the top. Thanks to everyone who entered the contest, and be sure to check out all the photos on our Facebook page if you haven’t already.
For March, we have implemented a new photo contest app. Make sure you “like” our Facebook page, then Simply click the Photo Contest “tab” just below the cover photo to see all the details and submit your image. You are still welcome to share photos to our timeline for likes and comments, but this is no longer required for entering.
Read on to learn how Soumya created this great image.
Please tell us a little about yourself. What kind of photographer do you consider yourself? Enthusiast? Professional? Amateur? Weekend Warrior?
Hmm lets see. I shoot only over the weekends. I am more than an enthusiast and I have shown my pictures at a couple of galleries and sold prints. I may be a mix of all of the above 🙂
Tell us a little about the image and how you shot it: how did you come up with the idea? What were the challenges? How did you shoot it?
I was at home one day and I really wanted to take a picture. I usually shoot outdoors on overcast days and on this particular day, it was bright and sunny outside. So, I decided I was going to do an indoor shoot. I picked the kitchen, cleaned up the place a little bit, sat down with a pen and paper and sketched an idea that I wanted to shoot. I came up with the idea of a girl looking for an afternoon snack but with a little twist – I wanted her to be levitating. Now, with levitation images, it is a lot easier if the shot is planned in advance so you know exactly how many shots you need. I think I used about 5 pictures here to make the final composite.
The big challenge was getting the remote out of the picture. Since this was a self portrait, I was using a remote and i had to press the remote button, and quickly get into position, all within 2 seconds. (I have a cheap IR remote)
Tell us about the post production process for this image: what software did you use? What adjustments did you make (if any)?
I use Photoshop, almost exclusively because it lets me work with layers and layers are important for the kind of work that I do.
For color adjustments, I use curves and color balance. That’s pretty much it.
Where can people go to see more of your work?
Thanks for your time!