The story of the photo – Merging with nature
Although I originally thought that the Rover Project would be primarily about a thorough preparation, a clear intention and a predetermined location, virtually all (maybe except for the first one) of the last four photos were eventually created as one big improvisation. And the photo „Merging with nature“ is probably the biggest surprise for me.
I was walking back and forth, soaking my shoes (as it turned out, thankfully really waterproof), my cloak and my pants in cold water. Sometimes I was rather comically balancing on stones, sometimes I was almost falling into the water, splashing water all around. At the same time, the original idea was that I would be standing right in front of the camera and catching a splash of water after I step into it. How wrong I was! I instructed Milan to hold the shutter with sequential shooting set, as soon as I walk toward the stream bed, to be sure we don’t miss anything. It turned out to be very wise. It also created this beautiful (and thankfully short) time-lapse „video“:
When this whole theater was over and I was looking at the resulting photos, this one immediately hit me in the eyes (as opposed to the ones I originally wanted to choose from). The charm of the fact that at the moment I practically did not pose and really mainly tried to successfully wade through the stream, resulted in that the character of Rover looks authentic and natural.
For shooting I used the camera Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II and ultrawide lens M.Zuiko Digital 7-14mm F2.8 PRO. During the shooting, their acclaimed waterproofness perfectly proved itself:-).
However, it is necessary to add that in this photo I (again) put myself to very advanced retouching and montage. E.g. there was no fog at the moment and it is all done in the post process. There was trully a lot of work with the computer, but I think the result is worth it. This was also confirmed by selecting the photo for a narrow selection of photos published in the prestigious web gallery 1x.com, which is a very nice appreciation of the work I devoted to the photo. About how I edited the photo, I intend to break down something over time as well.