A family portrait - six years apart

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A family portrait - six years apart
Apr 29, 2013

Six years in eleven lives - are they visible?

On some people those six years are obvious, on others less so. But close scrutiny reveals: Yes, all have changed!

A family portrait - six years apart:

A family portrait - six years apart.

Technical notes: First picture taken 2006 with a Ds and DA16-45, second picture taken 2012 with a K5 and the same lens. Two flashes on tripods for even illumination fired with a wireless hotshoe trigger both times.

Picture taken 2006 was used as a reference for positioning the people for the 2012 picture.

In PP the 2012 picture was used as a base layer. The 2006 picture was split up in mini groups of two to three people; those mini groups were added at the sides, at the top and in the middle of the base picture - it took several tries to get a pleasing composition. Finally tons of fine tuning (skin color, tone distribution and much more) to match everything up - and that was possible only because controlled lighting was used both times.

Goal of the composite was to get the different ages of the same persons as close together as possible while maintaining a first glance feel of realism.

Main aim of everything was to create a family portrait that invites the viewers to study the people in it longer and closer than usual  ...

Comments welcome!

Phil

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