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Today’s featured photo is by the talented Barry Mountford.

 Nikon d750 and the Nikon 85mm 1.8
Nikon d750 and the
Nikon 85mm 1.8

Well it was Sunday morning, we didn’t have anything planned so what do we do? BLOW FAKE SNOW around our living room! Lets make a mess and have some fun! Thats how this image came about, I have wanted to photograph this type of scene for a while now so I purchased the snow, hat and scarf and it all came together.

Not having a snow machine I had to improvise so i grabbed thecgarden leaf blower from the garage and gave that a try and it worked a treat!

I pulled down the roller blinds and that was our backdrop set up the 7ft parabolic umbrella, my light source I used the Lencarta Atom 360. I wanted to create a moody snow scene, we started off with a few test shots after I had created space in our living room ( I had planned shooting this scene in the studio but felt the kids my subjects could have more fun at home after all how much mess could it make) The first few shots were so funny as Hannah was so surprised to see snow falling all around her (bit of a blizzard really!) After I got the hang of the garden leaf blower and amount of fake snow needed we had lovely snow falling all around, time to get the shot!

I stood Hannah 6ft from the background positioned the umbrella to her left to give a nice cross light and also to reduce the spill on the background, I knew i would not be able to control all the spill light in this smaller environment but that was ok as I had planned originally to paint a cloudy backdrop to use in the studio setup so being an unplanned shoot I decided I could add the background in post later not the best way to do it but another improvise, so that little bit of spill light on the background worked to my advantage.

It’s a great feeling when you see your image come together from what was really nothing but a vision, and its amazing how you can use any space to shoot in improvising along the way! I am a strong believer in forward planning when setting up a photo shoot as thats where all the hard work lies, this shoot was unplanned for that day but I had already made notes, diagrams etc for the studio shoot so I had everything ready to go and that helped loads!

Once I had downloaded all the images to the mac the rest was pretty straight forward opening it in photoshop I added the background from a shot I took of the clouds the day before, making a selection of Hannah from the layer below, then simply loading that selection I made onto the cloud layer, I am then able to delete the selection from that layer exposing the subject from the lower Layer. Using an overlay blend mode and reducing the opacity to around 20% to give a subtle moody feel to the background.

Like I said earlier I had intended on painting a backdrop and lighting it in the scene which would have given a great look also. Thats how the shot came together I hope you guys enjoy it I know we did!.

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