City portrait #9 – Tihomir Ilijašević


Tihomir Ilijašević – artist, painter, director of city gallery, Gallery 96 in Prijedor.
He is also a caricaturist and I asked him to draw himself with light as a contrast to real him. This kind of shooting is based on many tries and many mistakes. This particular picture is taken in 42 seconds and f stop was 8.
My advice to all of you who will try light drawing on your pictures is to have some kind of canvas behind camera (a wall, or blank sheet, or a truck 🙂 ) because it will be much easier to draw when you can see some of light trail.
Here are some tryouts:

Portrait of an artist

Few days ago, I went to artistic studio to have a chat with my friend Tihomir Ilijašević and to ask him to pose me for my series of City portraits. He agreed but had no time, so we decided to do it some other day. I managed to take some test shots of studio and him. My idea was to include some light painting in that portrait but for that we needed total dark. So, I didn’t call this portrait city portrait because it is not same concept, but I was pretty satisfied with the result so I decided to publish it.


tiho2I believe the post production on these photos is obvious, and yes, maybe a bit strong. I found some interesting Photoshop plug-in Topaz adjust (creative exposure tool). You can download it here and use it for a month for free without limitations (trial period). It is a toy, I know, but it was interesting to play with it a bit and to see what can be done. If you use it with control, it is amazing how details are preserved. I’m not fan of massive post production on photos but sometimes is interesting to play around

Here are the originals of upper images for comparison:










Hm, I just realize that this tool is well known in photo circles and that there is a Flickr pool on this theme and the hot water is discovered before.

Hopefully, new city portrait will come up soon.