Sleeping Beauty

I occasionally submit my photos to select photo contests; not because I think that I have any chance of winning, but because “why not?” To my big surprise, twice, I’ve actually gotten somewhere in a competition. About a year ago, my photo made it to 100 among 6000+ photos on Adoramapix’ “Your Best Shot” contest; and a few months ago, I came in fourth among 1000+ photos on The Darkroom Lab’s “Unique” contest with one of my double exposures on film. The Darkroom Lab runs a contest every few months where the top three images will get to choose a film camera as a prize. Their most recent theme is “Vivid.” As the name of the company running the contest suggests, it’s film-only photography contest and I got this idea in my head for a shot on Lomography’s LomoChrome Purple film of my daughter lying in the grass with a red dress on, as if asleep. I’ve never shot with the Lomochrome Purple film before, but I’ve read that it turns greens to various shades of purple and reds to sort of rusty orange, and changes other colors as well, but those two are the most prominent ones.

I managed to find a cheap red dress today and wanted to see how it would work with the pose I had in mind. I took my test shot inside with my daughter lying on the rug in our living room and it will clearly be very different when shot outside, but I got really excited when I saw the test shots. I couldn’t help but play around with one in Photoshop. The run in our living room sort of ruined the mood, so I had to add some textures to the image to have it make sense to my eye. The end result of about an hour and a half work is below. I like it, but I’m looking forward to seeing what the Lomochrome Purple film can add to the idea.

(50mm, ISO 200, f/4, 1/100 sec + speedlight on camera bounced off where the wall met the ceiling in front of the camera)


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