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Foggy Mountain Breakdown - Clawhammer Banjo (by Sam Bentley)

Behind the Scenes of my Latest Gory Cinemagraph- “My Beating Heart”

For some time since I started producing moving photographs (cinemagraphs), I’ve wanted to produce an image that had materialised in my mind when I was out photographing a butcher’s shop in Normanton, Derby. 

My Idea was to have a very large heart placed upon a chopping board, with a knife sticking straight through it. What would make this image special, however, was the movement of the heart, as it continues to beat even after it has been removed from the animal. As I am sure you are aware by now, this is not for the faint hearted. 

My experience with food photography has been minimal, and my intention was not to make a tasty looking image.  This caused a hindrance to me, as I knew very little about different types of meats, hearts etc. A fellow photographer and friend of mine (Who’s website you can find at http://www.edwardfury.com/) had worked in a butcher’s shop for several years, and suggested that I use an ox heart, as this would be very large. Taking this advice, I ordered in the heart, and bought several other things that I would need for the cinemagraph to take form. 

This included

• The heart

• A set of 2 chopping boards

• A balloon

• A bicycle Pump

• A large Stainless steel knife. 

Once I had obtained these items, I began planning the composition of the image. The sketches below show my initial ideas for the image and how I would produce it. Be sure to expand the images for greater viewing pleasure. 

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I had a fairly clear idea of what I wanted to achieve as you can see above. 

When the time came to produce the image, I began by clearing out a section of my kitchen which would allow for a lot of space on the worktop, as well as some tiles behind the subject, that I could stain with blood from the organ. 

I began by placing the chopping board on the worktop and setting an umbrella up in front of the window, to diffuse and soften the light that reached the subject. I used a reflector on the other side to reflect back a small amount of light to reduce the shadows. 

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Using blue tack, I set the knife in a position that would be similar to that of which it would be photographed. This allowed me to alter the light and be sure that the image would work, before I removed the heart from his packaging. 

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Once the lighting was right, I removed the board and the knife from its spot making sure to mark out it’s position in pencil. I removed the heart from the packaging. I turned the organ upside down, and used a sharp knife to cut away a portion of the underside. 

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This cut away section would allow for the balloon on the end of the bicycle pump, which I would insert inside. 

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Once the balloon was secured within the heart. I turned the whole thing upside down, and placed on the original chopping board. The knife was fully supported by the heart alone. I then used the excess cuts that I removed in the above step, to smear blood on the surrounding worktop and tiles, as well as the chopping board. As the blood was very brown, I used a small amount of tomato ketchup to help with the colour. 

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At this point, I set the camera to shoot for a cinemagraph. Using live view, I was able to compose the image within the 16x9 aspect ratio constrictions. 

In order to best show every aspect which I felt needed to be shown, I recomposed the whole scene as shown below. 

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I used a secondary chopping board to remove the dead space at the left of the heart, and placed the blood covered gloves that I had used when working with the heart in the image as well, as a minor detail. 

The scene was now set, all that needed to happen now was to record the movement of the heart, as well as the whole image. I hit the record button, then used the bicycle pump to inflate the balloon inside the heart. I recorded several versions, varying my speed of pumping, the amount of pressure I applied and the duration that each pump lasted. 

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When I was happy with the amount that I had recorded, I imported the footage to the computer, where I transformed the video into a forever looping, moving photograph. 

The above image is the final cinemagraph once all editing and processing had been completed. You can find more cinemagraphs on my website at www.leumasfoto.co.uk. 

Behind the scenes coming soon

Gonna be posting up a behind the scenes photo series illustrating the production of a new still life cinemagraph idea that I have. Check the tags for clues.

Behind the scenes of today’s infrared photographs.

Today I traveled to Allestree in Derby to produce several infrared photographs around the lake.

The photographs that I produced are shown below, the first being my favorite, the second being my second favorite and so on.

So those are the photos, so I though that I would provide a small glimpse at behind the scenes of these images.

Each shot below is ordered in reference to those above, and shows the camera as it had its shutter open, taking the photograph through an Infrared Filter, with the Sigma 10-20mm.

Ive also included a screenshot below of my Lightroom window as I imported the RAW files from camera.

From here, the secret stays mostly with me, but using photoshop and an action that I created, I process the images into the infrared photographs that you can see at the beginning of this post.

Time Machine (cinemagraph) by Sam Bentley (Leumas Foto).
NOTE: Quality has been dramatically reduced to fit with Tumblr Standards.
© Sam Bentley

Time Machine (cinemagraph) by Sam Bentley (Leumas Foto).

NOTE: Quality has been dramatically reduced to fit with Tumblr Standards.

© Sam Bentley

Do I Look Like I’m Joking - Self Portrait. 

A new self portrait with a sinister twist. 

Based upon the image of the joker from the new 52 comic book arc ‘Death of the Family’ 

Do I Look Like I’m Joking - Self Portrait. 

A new self portrait with a sinister twist. 

Based upon the image of the joker from the new 52 comic book arc ‘Death of the Family’ 

Been stuck at home due to the weather, so I thought if have another crack at a bit of graphic design. Again starting from scratch using photoshop cs5, this time creating the torso of the DC Comics character Red Robin. 

DC comics own the right to red robin and any associated features, I simply own this particular price of digital art.

Been stuck at home due to the weather, so I thought if have another crack at a bit of graphic design. Again starting from scratch using photoshop cs5, this time creating the torso of the DC Comics character Red Robin.

DC comics own the right to red robin and any associated features, I simply own this particular price of digital art.

Haven’t been able to get out much with a camera lately due to the birth of my daughter, so I thought i’d try my hand at graphic design! 

I thought what better to start doing than one of the most iconic symbols, the superman ‘house of el’ shield. 

After sketching a few designs, as seen above, I started from scratch, rendering everything within photoshop CS5, starting by drawing the basic pentagon, then styling the ‘S’, then adding detail, texture and 3D elements, before beginning with the background. 

I have taken a different style than any way the shield has been drawn before, opting for a wider, curvier shield, with a much more flowing ‘S’. I made the yellow background much darker and dirtier, and made the far left yellow shape as one, instead of the more traditional two pieces.

I used an image of chain mail as the background to reference a kight’s armour, and made the cape felt, so as to conform to the style of the upcoming ‘Man of Steel’ movie.

I reduced the colour to make the whole image much darker and less ‘colourful happy superhero’ like.  

The whole image took about 4 hours to create. I am very proud with the result, and I think I will be producing more computer generated images in the future. 

Heres a sneak preview of a couple of photos from today’s interior shoot.

Commissioned by interior design company Wharf Design, hese photographs are part of an ongoing project, aiming to provide potential customers with an authentic, true example of their work. The photographs of of their installations within the houses of real customers, who have had fittings within the past few months. 

Their website can be found at http://www.wharfdesign.com/

and mine can be found at http://www.sambentleyphotography.co.uk/

Photographs are ©Sam Bentley of Leumas Foto

Here are a couple of shots from yesterday’s interior shoot for the interior design company Wharf Design. 

Also available to view on my website;

www.sambentleyphotography.co.uk

©Sam Bentley

Colchester, UK

These photographs of colchester are two of the most recent landscapes that I have produced in the UK. 

You can find more on my website www.sambentleyphotography.co.uk