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Lucid dream

Lucid dream

Oleg Malykhin
November 14, 2016
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"All that we see or seem, is but a dream within a dream"
Edgar Allan Poe

The phenomenon of conscious (lucid) dreaming is reflected in many movies, books and stories was always very interesting to me and though modern science has many answers and discoveries in that area there is so much magic in that, the best kind of magic — one that mixed with reality.

I was wondering how it might look to wake up in your dream for the first time, having no understanding whats going on and how to get out. Enviorment might seem real but when you look from a side it's very much different.

I really like to shoot when sun is set. Therer is a great control of the light and it fits right into my noir-neon noir style.
Shooting outside in the evening makes the whole enviorment you studio. There is less idlers around and you can do it after day at work.
Setting your own lighting gives you control, studio skills and enormous flexibility.

I was using my regular set which consists from:
Nikon D5100 DX camera with 50 mm 1.8 g lens
2 Yongnuo YN560-III speedlights + yongnuo sync,
1 set of color gels, 1 softbox and 1 stand.

I knew I was going after a night-ish look and complementary color palette.
Using orange color gel on speedlight inside softbox and setting my camera into tungsten mode did the trick for me.

Little balancing in Adobe camera Raw and image was ready.
Especially I liked the way how the smoke coming out of lantern was blue.
To do that I filled the lantern with cheap kerosene to be sure there will be a lot of smoke.

This was something done with very little preparation on a sheer enthusiasm and it got a lot of positive comments.
Since that time I have a couple of projects always ready, just to get out and shoot when there is an opening.

It's easy project and I would recommend everyone to try it out.

Oleg Malykhin

Portrait photographer from a small town in Ukraine.

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