Kirsti Näntö-Salonen  

Metamorphosis by Kirsti Näntö-Salonen

November 2023 - Metamorphosis

About the Image(s)

This is just a light painting exercise for the creative photography course I am attending this fall. I provided a co-operative granddaughter with a pack of glow sticks and some music. Annoyingly, I had forgotten to bring the tripod and had to discard a lot of blurry frames, and these are not too good either. Fuji XT-4, hand held, f/4, 21.3-48 mm, 1/5 -1/1.2 s, ISO 3200. - ”Metamorphosis” is a collage of three of the images that I put through DxO Pure Raw, took the black level up to make the background uniformly dark, and added some vibrance. In Affinity Photo, I enlarged the canvas round the middle image to panorama format and pasted the two other characters on, like in a biology textbook diagram about the development of a butterfly. I liked the way they change with the movement and go more and more towards abstract image by image. What do you think?

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10 comments posted

Jose Cartas   Jose Cartas
Clever idea! It's a pity that you didn't bring your tripod. It's true that the photos are not as sharp as they should, but since they capture movement, the problem is not so evident; at least at this small size. As was your plan, your granddaughter becomes less and less visible from shot to shot.   Posted: 11/11/2023 09:33:46
Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Thank you, Jose! The good thing is that I think that it will probably not be hard to have her repeat the game!   Posted: 11/12/2023 13:17:29

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
This is so creative, colorful, and clever. I love the movement, and the way your granddaughter fades from left to right. Keep it up and we look forward to lots more creative images from you.   Posted: 11/12/2023 11:13:19
Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Thank you, Mervyn!   Posted: 11/12/2023 13:17:54

Bob Benson   Bob Benson
Except for the face blur issue, the blurring worked in your advantage by increasing the glow effect. I would say reversing the image flow would work also, as your granddaughter goes from first stage to mature butterfly.   Posted: 11/12/2023 15:02:16
Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Thank you, Bob! Reversing the process is a grand idea!   Posted: 11/21/2023 00:05:41
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Anges van der Logt   Anges van der Logt
Very creative! Well done! Agree with Bob that reversing the image flow would also work well here. I do not find the blurring such an issue as it is a creative image anyway.   Posted: 11/20/2023 19:25:30
Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Thank you, Agnes! Bobs idea made me think of another variation. I thought that I might try to show that child imagines the process, and dug up some more frames. What do you think about this one? Is it too busy?   Posted: 11/21/2023 02:37:12
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Bob Benson   Bob Benson
Another interesting variant, but you lose the linear "timeline" of the other.   Posted: 11/25/2023 09:08:07

Tony Au Yeong   Tony Au Yeong
A very interesting and creative image. As you said, the initial image looks like a biology textbook diagram, whereas in your next version they look like small angels. You can use them for Christmas decoration. I agree that blurring is not an issue. Well done.   Posted: 11/25/2023 07:51:26