Sunday, December 27, 2009

Sister Sinister - New Session

Long time since I shot Susanna ( Sister Sinister ). She has now moved back to Stockholm after some time up in the Northern parts of Sweden. We had no plans on what to shoot so she just brought a bag of different, strange things. The result is very mixed, I'm still doing the final images, which I hope will be a small series.

Here are some of the shots. More posts to come.

There were wuite a lot of detail work as you can see on the combined layermasks, below.

As its Christmas, heres a suitable image for the season, featuring my new vaccum cleaner. More than one use for it it seems.

Below a test of whiten the face with white digital powder. She almost look a little like a geische, hence the japanese "love" sign behind her.

Något udda glasögonreklam. Susanne råkade ha mina läsglasögon på sig OCH latex ??!!, hur tänkte vi där egentligen kan man undra. Nåväl, det blev i alla fall violett, med en massa fläktande tygstycken.
Not the standard poster for eyeglasses. What were we thinkin, my reading glasses and latex? And a lot of windy fabrics. Brain meltdown maybe.

In next post there will be a cloned leather trenchcoat and maybe a tour in a art gallery.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Clockwork Studio ...

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... is a new small photostudio, started by a friend of mine ( who also is a fakir, bathing in crushed glass, sword swallowing and other unpleasant things ), and a couple of his buddies. So I have helped them buiding a website. It is almost ready.

Above is a panorama of the studio, taken with my Peleng 8mm ).

Here are some screenshots of the site ...

And here is the fakir ( Martin ) himself editing some images.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Photo shoot with Johanna ...

Got a visitor from the southern parts of Sweden the other week, Johanna Halle. I have shot here in th early summer. That time we made some stamps and stuff LINK

This time we used some fabric, as in the image above, and below, a not finished painting of Johanna, or is she coming out of the paint ?

Then, a shot in the golden room at the Stockholm Opera house.

And then a smoke break in the studio.

And last, we used a shiny silk shirt, and made her lie in a gigantic pink silky bed.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Art by Wayne D

Today we made Ann_Sofi's site public at

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Ann-Sofi Söderqvist, composer

Background from the backside of Huddinge Hospital.
Falling leaves, shot last year in my home studio.

Ann-Sofi is an arranger ond composer of modern jazz, among other styles. I've known about her for over 25 years or so, as I had the jazzclub Fasching as a favourite place for many years, where Ann- Sofi has played numerous times with big bands and smaller bands.

Well, Ann-Sofi had just realised that she lacked a website of her own. For different reasons she ended up on some of my sites, that I had done for various musicians, and she got in touch with me. I proposed a photosession as well. She hesitated, as she had seen my photo site, that contains its share of lightly dressed women =) haha.
I can relate to that.

Eventually we did a photo session, and here are some of the images we did ( the leaf image I did just for fun , its not going to be on the site, that is coming soon, I'll post the URL later ). Below are two normal portraits from the session.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Anders Zorn like scenes ...

For a coming project ( it has been coming for at least a couple of years now =) ), I did some tests on some rather bad scenery shots,but that I felt could be used in some sort of Zorn like style , if retocuhed a little. ( Swedish very famous artist that painted rather "roomy" ladies ( often the young maids )).

Like this image below, of a lake at sunset, very underexposed, and just shot in jpg.

Dock kan man måla upp den lite genom att tex göra ett nytt lager, och ändra blandningsläge till Overlay och sen måla med vitt för att ljusa upp områden ( gärna med ritbräda för bättre kontroll, annars med pensel på låg opacitet och dra flera gånger ).

You can use PWL ( Paint With Light ) on images like these. By adding a empty layer set to Overlay, and painting with white, you can brighten areas or use color as I did on the trees to simulate sunset light. I also painted with some orange on the sky to get the mood there as well.

( A better comparison on before and after can be seen in my retouch viewer at ... )

Heres another scene with the same problem. Rather dull and colorless.

... and here I painted the trees as well, and added highlights to the moss, and darken other areas .

I will put some young "roomy" maids in there someday, and sometome ago I did a test with Sara Lund on the moss image, where she feeds a deer. I also added some sun rays.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Nils Hinnas, artist ....

A couple of days ago I was tipped about this original artist, who just opened a small exhibition in our local art hall here were I live.

His artwork is a mix of painting and sculpture, they are not just painted, but carved out of the wood with .precision.

When Nils talks, his eyes are lit like by a fire, may it be about the fibers in the wood, lithographs or the area that immediately linked us together, the fascination over old Hollywood portraits and the photographers of that era. As the history was some kind of fuel.

Here are som painting/sculptures of some famous Swedish celebrities, first Hans Alfredsson, and below the great childrens book writer Astrid Lindgren.

Here is a detail shot of the craftmanship behind the "painting".

I had two great meetings with Nils. On the one today I documented some of his work, as he does not have that many images of them.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Photo gathering at Skeppsholmen ...

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There was a terrible weather yesterday, and it was set to be the day for a photoshoot amongst the members of ( forum for models and photographers with almost 10000 members ), at Skeppsholmen, a beautiful little island in the middle of Stockholm.

7 of the 25 that signed up came to the event. I can understand that as the weather was so bad. The brave seven could shoot for an hour or so before the rain became to intense, so we had to seek shelter at the East Asian museum, where we could tak some additional images.

I shot Sandra, a model Ive shoot at a similar meet in may this year. I used a Sigma 500 Super and a transparent umbrella for these images. Black and white portrair, only available light inside the museum, and I used a 50 mm 1.8 for that shot.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Portraits of Amina ...

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I am very fond of portraits and also fond of retouching, and if you mix the two you might end up with something like a white powdered face and a very lumpy eyeshadow in gold.

I made the skin more even with Dodge and Burn. The layer mask from the dodge and burn is below as well as a close up of the eye. Click on image to enlarge.

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Below she looks lke Kim Basinger (Ooops, that image was also in the last post but in black and white ).

And heres a happy gal, placed on a road outside Heringe Slott in Stockholm. I used lens Blur with a msak to get the shallow depth of field in the background.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Mixed images with Amina ...

Sometimes you get ideas during the shoot that get better than the ones you planned for a week. I had planned to use some 3d backgrounds, but had to let it go as I could not get the composites good enough. The one above with the swords is a 3d background that kind of worked though, but I had planned for four or five images with that setting.

Below is Amina in a desert kind of setting. I added the shadow of another Amina for balance and as it triggers the imagination a litlle. Who is it and why is she there. I think she is coming with some water or so. Or maybe its the reflector holder at the shoot =)

Its way into autumn here in Sweden. I arranged the leaves to fit the scene here. They were shot separately last year, and came in handy now.

Here she looks a little kike Kim Basinger =)

Plenty mor images of Amina to come ...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Amina and the pink stripes...

I found a nice top with stripes for amina, shoulderless ( why is it so hard to find nice tops from the 60s, dots and stuff ). I thought it could be cool to have Amina in a room , with the same type of colored stripes. I did the room in a 3d app, and added some lights ( stock from ).

Here are 4 iages in the same series. More sessions and images with Amina is coming.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Coming Session with Amina ...

This Sunday I had a nice and very long shhot with the beautiful Amina. My sessions seem to get longer and longer, but its hard to stop when new concepts and ideas arise.I will have to make the sessions shorter though, as the time to retouch the images gets to long. I dont want to have sessions lying around unfinished, I need to complete them before I start something new, otherwise I will lose the exitement and probably wont remember the things I wanted to do with the images.
I have been at it for six days now =) and havent produced that much images from the session, but I have been working with each image for a longer period than usual. And that is good I think.
Hopefully I will be done with the session(s) by Monday or so, I hope.
Hoppas bli klar med allt tills på måndag, men det vete sjutton =) Skojigt är det i alla fall.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Portrait of Ulla Winblad ...

Ulla Winblad is an artist, she paints, as well as an extra, in commercials for tv and stills. She wanted to update her portfolio with some headshots. It was a beautiful day so we simply stepped out 4 meters from my apartment, set up a bare Vivitar 285hv and Sigma 500 Super in a transparent umbrella.

Ulla is more than 30 years old =) and is very well suited for a grandmother type role on film. She has a good pair of eyes that can do some serious acrobatics whan asked.

I shot at 2.8 to get a rather blurry background, which I love ( someday I will get a 5d II and a 85mm 1.2 =) ).