Photographing Jay Kroon’s trike recently outside the Aquarium at Elli Beach in Rhodes Town was less a commission and more a labour of love for all concerned.
Built in China, assembled in Athens and shipped to Rhodes on a ferry, Hercules is a much-admired character in the Old Town. It’s also the only practical way to negotiate the narrow alleys.
The technique we used involved blending a bunch of exposures together in Photoshop. It’s a technique most commonly used by vehicle manufacturers to make the cars pop out of the pages of magazines. It’s a pretty simple technique once you get your around it and involves three basic steps.
First you need to lock the camera to a tripod and then grab the exposures that you need. In this case we used one ambient shot and four flash exposures:
Ambient only looked something like this:
Then we simply walked around Hercules firing the required flash exposures. We fitted coloured gels to two of these exposures.
First flash shot:
Second flash shot:
Flash with green gel:
Flash with red gel:
After blending the five exposures together in Photoshop as separate layers we got this:
And finally after adding a few drops of magic pixie dust in Capture One Pro we end up with the final image. All hail Hercules The Great!