52 Frames: Love

February 08, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

          Week 6: Love

          Extra Credit: Famous Love Story

            "There may be something there that wasn't there before. "

Six: LoveSix: Love

            Valentine's Day is upon us! Of course the founders of 52 Frames went with Love for this week's theme.  I can't stress just how many fellow framers were unexcited or slightly at odds with this theme. It's probably because Love is a tricky subject to do without getting too corny with ideas. Earlier this week, I set out to recreate a portrait of Shahrukh & Kajol from Kabh Kushi Kabhie Gham. The shoot was over in minutes because we were both at risk for hypothermia. Here are two takes from what I got.

           The images are ok. But it's quite evident that we're super cold and the photo doesn't showcase "love" the way I had hoped. I scrapped the idea entirely and researched for something new. I stumbled across this ridiculously cute shot of a couple showcasing love a la Disney style! The photo was simple, but it was brilliant! Since the extra credit was "famous love story," I figured why not kill two birds with one stone and try to recreate something similar? I knew instantly that my story was going to inspired by Beauty and the Beast. I came across the original production sketch for Beast and printed it out. I retraced the sketch with a darker pencil to add a bit more darkness to the outlines. To imitate Belle, I wore a simple white knit sweater and a blue romper, with a floral scarf semi-braided into my hair. We set the camera on a tripod, put it on remote timer and got to shooting. We took 143 images! Only two were akin to what I was looking for. I edited both images and consulted my boyfriend on which image he preferred. He loved the above image, and so did I!

            Not entirely sure if we captured the "love" element adequately, but at least I'm satisfied with my final submission! In retrospect, I should've enlarged the sketch on a bigger paper or cardboard. Ah well... next time!

Photo Specs:
     F-stop: f/4.5
     Exposure time: 1/125
     ISO speed: 400
     Focal length: 33 mm

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