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We asked Featured Photographer Fabio Interra to take the Earth Tones presets out for a spin. He used his current emotions and feelings as a concept for the project, and delivered a breath-taking collection of self-portraits. Here’s how he conceptualised the project, shot the images, and edited with the Earth Tones presets…

 

Enter Fabio:

 

Image by Fabio Interra - Edited with the Earth Tones Presets

Images by Fabio Interra

 
"As you may have already noticed, I'm not a sunny, upbeat person and when I am, it's just to support the situation around me. I think this can be seen from my pictures (at least, I hope so) but only few people notice this, and actually I don't care that much. For the moment I’m not shooting many projects, because it feels like I lost my inspiration, my concentration in thinking and my will.

Sometimes, I feel like an imprisoned soul in a Limbo. Probably, something is missing in my life: I have to understand what is it. My Spirit is not very good. Honestly, it's a little hard for me to speak about myself in the deep, so the only way to make it through it, it's to shoot some pictures to exorcise my uneasiness. Somebody said “We all have our curses” and I do agree."
 

Image by Fabio Interra - Edited with the Earth Tones Presets

Image by Fabio Interra

 

Planning/Pre-Production

"I was very impressed by the name of this Presets before I had even seen the real use.
Earth Tones: from the outset, I feel a certain empathy with them, because their name reminded me of the colors of wood and ground. Actually, these ones has been made for a different use: for example Wedding, Lifestyle, Travel Photography and so on, but I wanted to “swim against the tide” and try these presets in other ways. Could it be a new use for these presets? Maybe.

It wasn't too hard for me to find the best location. As usual, I chose to shoot in a wood (I’m lucky to live, literally speaking, surrounded by woods) with a little pond. It was almost a perfect day, because the weather was cloudy with a little sunlight."
 

Image by Fabio Interra - Edited with the Earth Tones Presets

Left: Image by Fabio Interra | Right: Behind the Scenes

 

Shooting

"As always, I shot with my main camera: Canon Eos 5D Mark II, I like the softness of the pictures. For this project I used 24 70 mm /2.8 and 85 mm/1.8. Of course, I took advantage of natural light because it's more magical and dramatic than the flash, which is too artificial and I don't really like the outcome.

These pictures didn’t required any styling process, but only some accessories: a nest, two eggs, artificial blood and some dandelions. The eggs are the symbol of the eternal life. It has a great means: was a symbol of the universe, of creation. Otherwise, could be interpreted as a metaphor for immortality and resurrection (cyclicity of life), but there are a lot of other meanings about the egg. In this case, we can find a broken egg in contrast of the positive meanings. It's like my life was broken. It's like I live the life of somebody else or I I'm not really alive. Blood has a similar means, it’s like an egg but I wanted to do a negative aspect of grief: a loss of vital lymph. A body without a soul. Dandelions has no a means but actually I liked the texture."

 

Image by Fabio Interra - Edited with the Earth Tones Presets

Image by Fabio Interra

 
"It was so hard to shoot images about myself but, luckily I was helped by a friend of mine: Matteo Bottin, he is a photographer too (his strong point is landscapes). He perfectly understood what I wanted, his help was essential. The shooting lasted the entire afternoon, so I have to say, It's not very easy to pose, but it's time to get in the game and get dirty: during the shooting I was bitten by a lot of ants (I literally threw myself on an anthill, without realizing what I was doing) and I had a week of pain and bruises.

Regarding the pictures taken in the pond, yes, I really drove in the water (that was not so cold, because now here [Italy] the autumn is very warm, the temperature outside is a balmy 23 degrees). Finally, I can understand little more how models feel when they try to strike a pose in a cold, muddy pond."

 

Image by Fabio Interra - Edited with the Earth Tones Presets

Behind the Scenes: Editing

 

Editing

"As always, When I came home after shooting, I downloaded all of pictures from the set. I usually see them after 2/3 days. I usually import all pics in Lightroom and I started to correct light balance, lights and shadows, a little tones and, of course, lens correction and eventually chromatic aberration. Later, I imported the selected photos in Photoshop and in this case I had to correct some parts of nest, because in some points I saw pieces of thin strip of tape (It has served to glue the nest to my eye). After that I imported again in Lightroom for the choice of the preset. Of course I was looking for something in sync with my mood: gloomy, dark and sad."

 

Image by Fabio Interra - Edited with the Earth Tones Presets

Image by Fabio Interra

 

Conclusion

"The final result look so good and “crispy” . I had no doubt about the performance of this presets. After a number of tests, I chose the Earth Tone 8 preset, which I found so versatile. I like so much how it changes the warm color in dark orange (for example the brown) and the green in a de-saturated mix of blue, green and grey. This time I wanted to apply a little grain to strengthen the mood of images and I guess it works so well. Of course I don't use just the preset, I always personalize it according to pictures and my taste. It may not make sense for somebody, because each one of us must have one's own personality and communicate it through the shots.

What can I say more? Well, as always, I'm very satisfied about the work made with The Preset Factory."

 

Image by Fabio Interra - Edited with the Earth Tones Presets

Image by Fabio Interra

 

Find out more about the Earth Tones presets

Earth Tones Presets | The Preset Factory