Week 08 – Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall

This week I felt a little miserable, mostly because my nose wouldn’t stop running for 2 days straight. There are few things I hate more than a runny nose and a sore throat. Luckily this time it was only my nose…

Out of this misery came the idea for this week’s photo. It’s pretty weird, but all I really wanted was a nose-head that had snot running out of it. Instead, it kind of turned out to look more like a depressed and crying nose-head. Again, I don’t always intend for these things to happen, but it’s interesting how it works out that way…

On to the lighting –

I couldn’t depict it perfectly, but to get this dramatic lighting, I placed a 28 inch softbox directly overhead.

These are the two photos that I used –

It took quite a bit of retouching and editing to make it look decent. Part of that required me to select a color range of my hair, invert that selection, and then paint in my nose over my face to make it look realistic. I also played with the pen tool and layer styles to create the tears/snot.

That’s all folks, I think from now on I’ll try to take a step back and give a set-up shot of the lighting instead of diagrams. We’ll see how it goes…

-Rob Rice