Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year ...





Its Christmas time again, and a very white one here in Sweden, and cold ( 5 ºF today ( -15 C )) A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you.

Emelie was here last week and was shot in som santalicious clothing. ( Sofie Carlsson was the great MUA for this session )
here are some images from the session.






Here Sofie is working hard, in what seems to be a somewhat larger makeup room than it really was. They were doing makeup in my kitchen with all lipsticks, rouge and stuff all layed out on my stove.

Below a portrait with very much D&B work to get the skin smooth, while retaing all the structure/texture.







Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tifa DeLeone - giving retro a face ...



Tifa is really superb on modifying herself in a retro fashion. It was fascinating to see her come out with different looks, between takes.

I love a good shallow depth of field ( bluuuuurrrrrr ), and now with a NEW camera ( wooohooo a 5d mark II ) I could squeeze some additional blur out of my plastic little 50mm 1.8.

We had "film" as a loose theme ( I like the slightly deranged looking woman with the knife, wondering who's for dinner ).

Last is another way to do a collage with all images. A 3d software is a big help there.

Click on images for larger versions.





Monday, December 6, 2010

Angelica - old images, new retouch



The other day I had a severe retouch abstinence, so I decided to look thru some old sessions to get something to work on. My old sessions with Angelica Jansson, usually have to many nice images to retouch at one time, so I started looking there. Found these two portraits. Down the page I also included how a mask , showing the collected layers for Dodge and Burn.

Click on the images for larger versions. Below is another crop of the image above.






Här är masken för bilden ovan.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Lolo - Like a Dance



Lolo is the daughter of a photographer friend of mine, that has taught me many things about photography. Last time I shot her was in 2006, she was still in school. The last image in this post ( desert one ) is from that 2006 session.







Heres the image from 2006 where she did her now famous crab imitation =)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Inside a 2d image ...

I have seen some rather amazing videos online, where people take an ordinary image, extract people and objects to separate them from the background, clone in the areas behind them and simulate camera movement in software like After Effects.
I decided to try this on some of my own images. The advantage is that most extractions are already done.

So here are two of my 2d images , now in "3d".



Link to original image.
http://www.lutzimages.com/studiobild?image_url=manhattan_3b_sunset_II_600.jpg




Link to original image.
http://www.lutzimages.com/studiobild?image_url=drinking_gasoline.jpg

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

New CD from Sven Zetterberg



I had the honor of making the cover. The images were taken in the studio where they recorded the album. I had some transparent white umbrellas with me and a Sigma 500 Super and a Vivitar 285hv flashgun. The top image is a 3d mockup though.

Here are some images from the cover.



Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Bits and Pieces of Sandra Grefve



Here are two more images with Sandra Grefve

Monday, November 1, 2010

Portraits of Sandra ...



To continue with the session of Sandra Grefve, here are some portraits. Some images really lend themselves to black and white. I think this one worked pretty well as black and white.


Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sandra shopping in Rome ...



Had a visit from Sandra Grefve the other day. Her booked shoot had been canceled, and she contacted me just as I felt a need to shoot. She wanted some portraits among other things. We tried a variety of themes. Here is the shopping spree in Rome one.




Thursday, October 21, 2010

Some New Retouch Challenges ... Oct 2010



I havent done much shooting or retouching lately. But here are two retocuhes from the other day, I did just for fun.

And here is the before.



Here is a new before.



And the after.



Friday, October 8, 2010

Johanna thru the ages ...




Johanna Halle , Ebba Fromell( MUA ) and I met to take some images. We were going for a couple of different looks, from 40's to 60's.

We start at the makeup ( above ). I made my home "studio" a little bigger in Photoshop =) ( 12 square meters is not big ).

Below is Johanna at the trainstation, like from an old movie from the 40s.




This was meant to be a 50s like photo, but got to be something different .. or, i dont know ... it looks rather nice anyways.



The image below has more characteristics of the 50s, with the clothes. The background is from a vacation I had in Chania, Crete.



This one is taken with my bathroom window as a backdrop. It provides nice light, overexposing most things.



Here is a "painting " made in Photoshop. I like "paintings".

Friday, October 1, 2010

Lorena as a Puzzle and Ikea cubes



When Lorena was here the last time, her newborn took over, but I got some images of Lorena by herself, although they looked to normal. So I extracted her and put her in a autumn image, added som swirling leaves, and used that image as a texture on the puzzle in a 3d application.



I did the same with the Ikea image. Used a image of Lorena as a texture on the cubes.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I can not paint but then again I can ...


I can not paint, but Photoshop makes it possible to do it even if you can't =)

I have always been fascinated by painted looks and comics, but I have never had any success doing it myself. Heres a method that I think works quite well, although timeconsuming, and there are a lot of strokes to paint ( like a real drawing ). The video is speeded about 20x or so, Looks kind of neat ( and fast ).

The model is the beautiful and great singer Jasmine Kara. Check her site site.


Here is a closer look.



video

Friday, September 24, 2010

Edward Hedenberg - paintings in oils and more ....



Here in Hokarangen we have a a small exhibition facility called "The Strange Window ". This week Edward Hedenberg is the artist, watercolor and paintings with oil crayons. Some examples below.





After talking to Edward a bit, about painting and drawing comics, he started to make some of his "ugly men" faces on a piece of blue paper. I found it fascinating to watch and asked if I could do a small poster of them. So I went home and scanned the piece of paper and decided to change the lines of the drawings, from ball point pen to something more odd, why not some doodles from Leonardo Da Vinci =) Strange idea but it looked kind of cool ( you need a microscope though to see that it is Leonardos writing ).



Thursday, September 16, 2010

Quint Starkie - Composer



Quint Starkie is a musician, who creates music for commercials here in Sweden. Tv, radio, sound logos, whatever. I built the foundation of his website in 2004, but we have never taken any images.And now, the need for a press image was kind of urgent, so he came to my small "studio" and we fired away some shots. here are two of them.

The first image was taken with a Sigma 10-20. The perspective gets rather funny when aimed a little from above. Below I used the Canon 50mm 1.8 ( sharp, cheap, light and very plastic ).

Sunday, September 5, 2010

"IMPOSSIBLE" VIEW FROM A CHURCH



Click on the image for a larger version.


Its not often you see a full 360x180 panorama image, and even more seldom a full 180x360 vertical panorama. It certainly looks a bit strange. Something Dali could have done. Or Escher.


here is a horisontal one, slightly more normal.


Click on the image for a larger version..


Here´s a link to the QTVR version of the panorama. Its made from old images from 2006, just moments before my bluesplaying piano buddy Freguz is getting married.

PANORAMA