Making of: Amelié Drozzin in Iceland

Story behind the image

About a month ago I finally got the opportunity to spend a week roadtripping and camping in Iceland. My plan was to photograph background-plates and other possible landscape-elements in Iceland, and then return back to Finland and photograph models in a studio and create a storytelling composite image out of all the elements. 

Photo, concept & art direction: Lauri Laukkanen
Retouch & art direction: Hannes Honkanen 
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The Team

I approached Studiovarustamo with this idea, and they quickly jumped on board and provided me with a Phase One 645df+ and an IQ260-digital back (a 60 megapixel monster of a camera) for the whole trip as well as the studio-session a few weeks later. 

I also told about the project to Hannes Honkanen, a great retoucher/photographer-friend of mine, and he got excited about the project and offered to retouch the photos as a collaborative effort. I had worked with him on the previous Amelie Drozzin-shoot and loved the passion he has for retouching. 

Outi Pyy - a finnish fashion designer jumped on board at the late stages of the project and provided me with all the clothes I needed for the project. The headpiece and necklace you see in the photograph are custom-made for me by Nadia Laukkanen, who also happens to be my mother. She roadtripped around Iceland with me and used that trip as an inspiration as she created these custom accessories for my shoot.

Lighting

Here is a lighting diagram that shows you how we lit the model in the studio, based on the background-plate that we had:

Post-production

Creating this photograph was a collaborative effort where my friend, retoucher Hannes Honkanen, played a vital role. He used all the photos that I shot in Iceland and created a seamless backdrop that looks amazing. Our process with the edit was quite straightforward - we sat down and discussed the final concept and then I let Hannes work on the image. He sent me updated versions of the photo every day, and I sent him my comments (using screenshots like the two below) and together we discussed what should be still changed and edited.

Making of - Amelie Drozzin in Iceland

With that said, I think the best way to show you how the project went, is to show you the extensive BTS-video that I've prepared for you, as well as a PSD-breakdown animation that shows you how the photograph came together in post. Just as a sidenote, the final full res image is 15,000x9000 pixels, which is pretty crazy! ;)

PSD-breakdown

(We had to merge quite a lot of layers together to make this animation, but at least you get a better understanding of all the different parts this image consists of.)

ChromaLuxe MetalPrint

Lightpress.com was kind enough to print me this amazing metal print. The 140mpx photograph looks so amazing when printed on the chromaluxe metal. http://lightpress.com

Lightpress.com was kind enough to print me this amazing metal print. The 140mpx photograph looks so amazing when printed on the chromaluxe metal. http://lightpress.com

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Credits

Photo, concept  & art direction: Lauri Laukkanen
Retouch & art direction: Hannes Honkanen
Model: Amelié Drozzin
Clothes: Outi Pyy
Accessories: Nadia Laukkanen
Hair Stylist: Piatu Puhakka
MUA: Tiia Loikkanen
Making of-footage: Mark Laukkanen & Riku Kylä
Music: Mark Laukkanen

Camera: Studiovarustamo / PhaseOne