Well, I had every intention of documenting this shoot more for a “behind the scenes” post. Unfortunately, once the shoot came together I was short on time and manpower. All my plans to get some video of the actual shoot got abandoned. So here is a “kinda behind the scenes” post.
I recently participated in a photographer’s challenge. There was approximately 20 photographers and we were all given a Beatles song to shoot. I was assigned the song “Yellow Submarine” and the guidelines were pretty loose. Basically shoot a photo that represents the song and be creative. All the images would then be shown together at the Art Gecko gallery locally in Amarillo Texas. I decided to take a very literal approach and shoot a family actually living in a yellow submarine. Instead of the submarine being in the ocean I envisioned my family living in a retired vessal that has been converted into a typical residence. I attempted to “date” the image to the mid 60s, with the theory that I was going to shoot the family that actually inspired the song. Trying to shoot a “period” shot with little or no budget is not easy. I was real lucky to borrow the car and the bike at no charge. The lawnmower was found, cleaned up and even repainted just for the shoot by a close friend costing only the materials. I did spend a little on few pieces of clothing and limited props. The clothing could have been a lot more accurate, but considering the time and budget or in this case the lack there of, I was happy with the result. I decided I wanted my family to have that “All American” feel and even more specifically Texan. I tried to recreate a pretty typical Saturday afternoon.
The image is a composite of approximatley 40 images layered together in photoshop. The submarine was a preexisting 3d model that was modified and skinned using 3d software. The same software was used to model the complete image and used as a reference to ensure when placing the other elements the perspective would remain consistent. I spent several days out shooting various elements such hedges, trees, sidewalk, etc. and a couple of the elements are stock due to either availability or time. The compositing process took another couple of days and the files were pretty large. The background image was built in a couple of stages to ease the burden on photoshop and my computer. and then the final elements including the models were added along with the overall enhancements. I have linked a video below showing the relevant photoshop layers in a time-lapse of the image build and at the bottom of the post are a few of the raw photos I shot and used in the composite.
Just for giggles, there are several other beatles songs along with Apple Records referenced in the photo. “Eleanor Rigby”, “Paperback Writer”, “I Am The Walrus”, “Old Brown Shoe”, “Hey Bulldog”, “Blackbird”, “One After 909” and “A Day In The Life” with the town on the water tower being named Lancashire. I would like say thank you to Scott Houdashell for all his hardwork in helping to organize, plan and shoot the main components of the image. I would also like to thank the McGill family(Curtis, Staci, Isaac, Cassidy and Lola) for modeling.
Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed the post.