The ‘floating girl trick’ is, I think, one of the most iconic things about the revised Mythlore. The fakir sits on air, one outstretched arm gently resting upon a stick, and no other means of support, visible or invisible.
I’m not about to share the secret, because larp is all about suspension of disbelief, and the wonder evoked by this sort of effect is a real help with that, even for the jaded veteran. (I will say, though, that there are no strings or wires, and the editing of this photograph had nothing to do with ‘faking’ it in post - you’re seeing what I saw, in that regard).
I won’t say much about the postprocessing here, save to note that I saturated all but the yellow, to make the sand look more natural - which it wasn’t when I boosted everything else. The white balance was chosen for warmth, as well.
The interesting thing here is, to my mind, the composition - I spent a good couple of minutes moving around this tableau, as soon as they knelt - and this is by far my favourite shot of them. I lose the awesome knotted tree roots to camera left (same ones as in yesterday’s jellyfish shot, as it happens) - but they were just too far from the fakir to really work in a tight shot (and I didn’t have the super telephoto on me, or the desire to compress like that).
Instead, we have this awesome leading line from the three… um… things - or rather their eyes, past the orc, and to the face of the fakir. I took a dozen versions of this shot - but it took me a few to get the background right (the position of the grass line, and the splash of brighter sand, are critical) - and only one of those had all three cheeky scamps kneeling in a line, looking the same way.
Guess my point is, composition doesn’t just happen by serendipity; you can go out looking for it so hard you pretty much count as making it.
I like that.
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