Inspirations – Metropolis by Tim Engle

© Tim Engle


Nikon D200, AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D, ISO 100, f/4.5, 1/60 second

The painter, Michael Rosner of Eye Level Studios is truly the mastermind behind this series of images as he came up with the designs and color schemes. The technical part for me was the lighting. We tested many different lighting sources until we came across, by chance, using shop lights. If you look closely at some of the images you can see the catch light in their eyes. Using these allowed me to have a repeatable lighting setup that could be duplicated so that the images became more about the painting than about the photography. I shot with the Nikon D200 and on these images a 50mm fixed. For most of these images I used Apple’s Aperture and Adobe Photoshop CS3. Most people think there’s some sort of digital manipulation involved but there isn’t. It’s all paint. Each session takes anywhere from 10 to 13 hours to complete and consists of multiple layers of paint. Click here to view a behind-the-scenes video to view the process. ~Tim Engle


4 Responses to “Inspirations – Metropolis by Tim Engle”

  1. Amazing artistry perfectly executed. This is my favorite of the series.

  2. Very cool collaboration of artists. I had a look at more of Tim’s work – very cool and creative! I agree his work is inspirational. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Simply Awesome!

  4. Really incredible image.

    Darwin, congrats on the e-book with C&V. Looking forward to it and I am sure it will be an awsome addition to the Craft & Vision library.

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