Sami Serola

Sami Serola

Posted on 09/14/2014


Photo taken on September 13, 2014


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If I were a girl...

If I were a girl...
...my name would be Saara (Sara, Sarah). My mother got this statue when she was expecting me. Ever since it decorated our mantelpiece and got a name Saara. One family friend once told one should turn it standing against the wall for a change because statues are meant to be seen from all sides. When I grew up, and our childhood home went under hammer in 1990's economical crises, my mother gave this statue to me. Now it decorates our bathroom, and of course she turns around every now and then.

This shot is inspired by The Sunday Challenge "Personal belonging". My technical challenge was to "squeeze" high-key and the low-key photography into same image, but I failed because I just ran out of spotlights. One more lamp would have been needed to remove the shadow from the top of the statue. So, I guess the technical challenge here is selective lighting.

If you like to see how this was made, then see here: www.ipernity.com/doc/serola/34976119
BUT don't, if you want to stick into illusion =P

EDIT: Retrospectively posting this to 'NOT the Sunday Challenge', because this also fits to 'high-key' and 'low-key' challenges had at TSC during May 2015.

Xata, LutzP, Doris Weißschnur, forever is a long time and 20 other people have particularly liked this photo


57 comments - The latest ones
PaulOClassic©
PaulOClassic©
I love the way you have combined High and Low key!
4 years ago.
Sami Serola has replied to PaulOClassic©
Well, the goal was that, but as said, I'm not quite convinced myself =) A ring flash could have been great, and do this the other way round: the statue lit against white background, and then the silhouette on mirror and against black background.
4 years ago.
H C
H C
I think you did this very well. It must have taken ages to set it up and get this great result.
4 years ago.
Sami Serola has replied to H C
It took ages! =D Our dog was either very amused or annoyed watching me walking around the house to find all the prop needed for this.
4 years ago. Edited 4 years ago.
Yvette Chew
Yvette Chew
I think you nailed this one Sami, very well done.
4 years ago.
Sami Serola has replied to Yvette Chew
Thank you very much Yvette =)
4 years ago.
fragglerocks
fragglerocks
great work, love the set up shot!
4 years ago.
Sami Serola has replied to fragglerocks
Thank you Fragglerocks =) I actually laughed at myself when doing this =D
4 years ago.
Janano -
Janano -
Really great work. I'm impressed
4 years ago.
Sami Serola has replied to Janano -
Thank you very much Janano =)
4 years ago.
.t.a.o.n.
.t.a.o.n.
all no problem, my friend, we accept you in all kinds of being ! ;-)
4 years ago.
Sami Serola has replied to .t.a.o.n.
Beware! >=D
4 years ago.
Coco
Coco
Wow. I like the way you did this.
4 years ago.
Sami Serola has replied to Coco
Thank you Cordia =)
4 years ago.
Nylonbleu
Nylonbleu
Such a precious memory of your mother ! I'm so sorry she had to quit her home, such a difficult moment in a life... This is such a very sweet sculpture, and so perfectly displayded in order to let us see all its lovely side...
4 years ago.
Sami Serola has replied to Nylonbleu
Yes, that is the sad side of the story that comes into my mind every time I see this statue. But there are also plenty of good memories as well =)
4 years ago.
s@ssyl@ssy
s@ssyl@ssy
It's fun, we have to laugh at ourselves more :))))
I think you nailed it too !!!
High key & low key together in one....brilliant !!!
4 years ago.
Sami Serola has replied to s@ssyl@ssy
Thank you Diane =) Some more practice needed of course, but I almost got it! =D
4 years ago.
Adrian Bollans
Adrian Bollans
well done for achieving what you set out to do. A heat success and very effective.
4 years ago.
Sami Serola has replied to Adrian Bollans
Thank you Adrian =)
4 years ago.
Esther
Esther
A very impressive shot and a moving story.
4 years ago.
Sami Serola has replied to Esther
Thank you very much Esther =)
4 years ago.
Clickity Click
Clickity Click
Ambitious challenge you set for yourself Sami ... I know I could not have pulled this off that's for sure. A bit of sadness with your story to go along with image as well.
4 years ago.
Sami Serola has replied to Clickity Click
Well, it was pretty easy to do after all because I had thought it all through in my mind =)
4 years ago.
Shuttering Yukon
Shuttering Yukon
That's cute Sami, love the story.. you pretty much made the challenge you set out for yourself, good thinking. I said it couldn't be done and here in public I admit to being wrong!
4 years ago.
Sami Serola has replied to Shuttering Yukon
You think I succeeded? =O If you think so, then I guess I really did =) And now you probably understand what the "preview" was about ;-) On that one I of course cheated, and was just practicing the general idea. After that I got the idea to use a mirror =)
4 years ago.
Der Wandersmann
Der Wandersmann
Interesting shot ... and the "defect" you mention is not a defect ... don't forget: a COMPLETELY high-key picture contains nothing visible.
I lost my house, too, and I've never been so happy since my boyhood. It was getting old and deteriorating, and (alas!) so was I ... and poorer, too. I had not the money to have someone do the work, and, even if I could have afforded the necessary materials, I was rather too old to exert the energy to do the repairs. I bethought me of a house a friend had bought from old people ... the pipes in the basement had broken, so the old man had bridged the gaps with plastic bread bags , wire, and duct tape. I thought: "Better let it go, than wind up like that." Now, when something breaks, I call the landlord and say: "Your building is broken. Fix it!"
4 years ago.
Sami Serola has replied to Der Wandersmann
Yes, high-key enough, and really it is just all white =D

And what comes to material, I couldn't agree more =) Our rent is probably high, but that is the cost of living relatively care free. And also my mother is now much happier where she lives.
4 years ago.
Valfal
Valfal
I love this photo! I think you achieved success with high and low key light with this one :) I love the story, too :)
4 years ago.
Sami Serola has replied to Valfal
Thank you Valerie =)
4 years ago.
*starless*
*starless*
Neat. You have more patience for a desk shot than I have!
4 years ago.
Sami Serola has replied to *starless*
Thank you Starless =)
4 years ago.
Goffy
Goffy
This is very clever and eye catching Sami!
Great job!
4 years ago.
Sami Serola has replied to Goffy
Thank you Goffy =)
4 years ago.
k.e.s_kloset
k.e.s_kloset
This is fantastic Sami, but your home studio deserves an award I think. :D
4 years ago. Edited 4 years ago.
Sami Serola has replied to k.e.s_kloset
Thank you very much Karen =)
4 years ago.
Valfal
Valfal
Congratulations on Explore, Sami! :)
4 years ago.
Sami Serola has replied to Valfal
Thanks for notice Valerie =)
4 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Wonderful photo and account.
4 years ago.
Sami Serola has replied to Don Sutherland
Thank you very much Don =)
4 years ago.
Indycaver (Norm)
Indycaver (Norm)
Cool photo Sami! :-)
4 years ago.
Sami Serola has replied to Indycaver (Norm)
Thank you Norm =)
4 years ago.
HaarFager
HaarFager
Very nice concept and execution!
4 years ago.
Sami Serola has replied to HaarFager
Thank you Kenneth =)
4 years ago.
Gillian Everett
Gillian Everett
A fascinating creation :-)
4 years ago.
Sami Serola has replied to Gillian Everett
Late thank Gillian =)
4 years ago.
Annemarie
Annemarie
have a wonderful week

beautiful this!
4 years ago.
Sami Serola has replied to Annemarie
Been rather busy week so far... =D
4 years ago.
autofantasia
autofantasia
Great attempt at what sounded impossible! :)
4 years ago.
Sami Serola has replied to autofantasia
Thank you Autofantasia =)
4 years ago.
Wierd Folkersma
Wierd Folkersma
beautiful story and I like how the black statue is mirrored in white
4 years ago.
Sami Serola has replied to Wierd Folkersma
Late thanks my friend =)
4 years ago.
Pierre Sonrier
Pierre Sonrier
:-))
4 years ago.
Sami Serola has replied to Pierre Sonrier
Merci Pierre =)
4 years ago.
LutzP
LutzP
...nicely done Sami
3 years ago.
Xata
Xata
I do not agree with you on the matter of the enlightment: for me the low key part is very good as it is and keeps some mystery. Too much perfection in the making of kills feelings or emotion the photograph can transmit, as it is the case here.
10 months ago.
Sami Serola has replied to Xata
Thank you very insightful feedback, Xata. The idea was to try arrange lights so that one is able to show both, low key and high key in the same image. Well, this indeed looks quite "sterile", and I usually prefer using ambient light. But it was fun to test.
10 months ago.