DIYP “How I took it” Contest 2012

Most of this info has been in my blog already but I collect it here for the DIYP contest.

“Bloodthirsty” photo was taken when testing lights for the sporty picture of my son. Lights took me several hours to set up. I haven’t done three light setups before so it included some reading too. When I was happy with the lights I decided to took one for myself wearing top hat. The skull in the top hat is originally from jeans that had chain and skull. Since this picture was meant to have some humor I thought the skull would fit it.

Idea of the vampire teeth came later after I was already edited the sporty picture and was thinking what to do with my ‘test’ picture.

Finally I decided to do a video about editing the photo. Please see it in 1080p to see photoshop texts correctly (it’s also pretty fast paced so pause/slider is probably needed).


I regularly visit Tampere to see my friend. Usually we enjoy various cultural activities. This time it was heavy metal band Accept and photo exhibition “Pekka Luukkola: Maiseman aika – Sense of Time” in art museum of Tampere. I must say that both were excellent. Old men have still quite a kick in their playing and Pekka Luukkola’s big aluminium prints were just amazing.

I also visited The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas which has steam engine museum. It’s the biggest steam engine used in Finland and it powered the Finlayson factory in early 1900. It had 1650 horse power and massive over 8m diameter flywheel.

Flickr Explore Search

I knew that one of my photos was in Flickr’s Explore but by testing this search I found out that there were tree more that I did not know about. I just wonder why Flickr does not have similar search built in. Yahoo is a search company after all.

Scout: Find your photos in Flickr’s Explore pages.

Making of: Bloodthirsty


Made a short video about editing Bloodthirsty. I wanted to keep video short so it can be watched as a sort of an animation. That means that if you want to actually check the settings used you have to use slider and pause. For the start animation I used Blender. Not a program that you master in a day but very powerful open source 3D content creation suite. For the video I used Photoshop CS6 (Amazon) which I used just because I’m already familiar with it and it was more than enough for a simple video like this. If you want to see texts in Photoshop please see this in 1080p.