Billy Beyond by David LaChapelle – 1985
This gallery contains 6 photos.
The concept is simple: shoot the individual planes flying across a pure blue sky, then chroma key the blue out as if it’s a green or blue screen leaving only the plane behind. Then put them all together on a video timeline. I did some tests and discovered that it didn’t work well if there were trees in the edges of the frame so scouting good locations took the most time. I watched the weather for a cloudless day then sat in a park and shot every plane that flew over. I locked the camera (Canon 7D with a EF-S 17-55 f/2.8) on a tripod and shot the planes with 1080p video at 24fps with an exposure I’d tested the day before (50/s, f/13, ISO 100) that would keep the sky deep blue with no blowout for a good chroma key.
To give the video a sense of temporal change as the planes fly by I did an 8 hour time-lapse under a bridge nearby shot at the same angle and composited it over the planes. Without it there’s no sense of time passing. I used an intervalometer to shoot about 800 images with the same exposure as the video. Once I had it posted as a regular video clip, I keyed the sky out of it as well. I put everything together in Adobe Premiere, which challenged my system since I needed 40 video tracks to stack all the airplane clips together. The last piece was to put a new sky back in — a still image with depth and clouds that’s panned using key frames in Premiere.
Edited by Steven Meisel. ( sound effect of something huge dropping )
Oooh, yeah…I can see that. Very frizzy, yeah. Orlando could fix that. Do want me to call him for you?
Four covers, seven eyes.
Jeanloup Sieff captured M. B. here. J.S. is a personal favorite of mine. Click Marisa and browse his website. Inspiration follows shortly.
Ok, so… A while back, I was graciously invited to a delicious dinner at the home of Donna D’Cruz and Tom Silverman – both of whom resonate very highly on the frequency of goodness – and who should be the surprise guest but Marisa Berenson herself? Immediately I filed my excitement for later and sat down next to her where I remained for the evening. She talks often about energies and invisible attractions. We had one going in about thirty seconds. I didn’t know that Elsa Schiaparelli was her grandmother. Oops. She informed me. Ok, so now I know.
The conversation with Marisa was easy but not routine. We share many interests and oddly, experiences. She is sharp as a tack and as genuine as a flawless D ideal cut diamond. She sparkles. Her magic is real. Realizing that re-affirmed so many wonderful things about being here, being an artist, being concerned with beauty…well…the list of sparks she lit within my creative mind that night is a very long one, indeed.
A muse. Amusing. Uncanningly radiant… and real.
whoa. Face! Shutting down the category.