Surreal Christmas Card Post Production
This is currently my holiday timeline image over on the facebook page. One of my earliest gigs, I was hired by a bed & breakfast who wanted a surreal Christmas card photo to send out. They really wanted snow, but it wasn't in the forecast when we needed it. I told them not to worry about it, and that I'd "figure it out"... meaning I was really hoping for snow.
The day of the shoot, I showed up about an hour before dawn to make sure all the decorations were in place, and to get all the lighting ready. It was a while back, but I remember numb fingers, a ladder, and no snow. The owners expected it to be a bust, but I finished the shoot and drove three hours home. The whole job took about 20 hours of work, and at the end, I was able to create a light morning snow storm that wouldn't have been possible to capture in actual snow.
I've been wanting to go back and re-do this with techniques I've learned since. It still holds the record for the longest I've spent on a single image, and greatest amount of post production required.
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