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Linda Sue Kocsis
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Photographer, Video Editor, Motion Graphics Specialist, and Multimedia Developer
Photographer, Video Editor, Motion Graphics Specialist, and Multimedia Developer

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Valley of the Paper Dolls

“You’ve got to climb Mount Everest to reach the Valley of the Dolls. It’s a brutal climb to reach that peak. You stand there. Waiting for the rush of exhilaration; but, it doesn’t come. You’re alone and the feeling of loneliness is overpowering.” ― Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann.

Photography Challenge: Turn a Scene Into a Photo Planet (Part 3)

I had so much fun with this experiment previously that I decided to try it again!

This time around I photographed a set of vintage paper dolls set against a background of vintage, striped fabric.

The dolls were a thrift store find (thanks, mom!), and each has her name hand-written on the back. I guess their previous owner named them Ann, Gail, Sue, and Kate!

This challenge required the application and fine-tuning of the Polar Coordinates Photoshop filter to make a regular image spherical.

Instead of turning a landscape into a photo planet with this technique as photographers generally do I wanted to play with repeating patterns for a more kaleidoscopic effect.
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Stereo

"Life's the same I'm moving in stereo, life's the same except for my shoes, life's the same you're shakin' like tremolo, life's the same it's all inside you." ― The Cars, Moving in Stereo lyrics

This is a composite I created from a photograph that I took of the "Stereo" marquis above the Fred's Sound of Music store (www.fredsoundofmusic.com) in Portland, Oregon, which has been serving your stereo needs since 1948.

I added a sunset gradient and shooting star to my original photograph, which may be seen here: https://studiocandelabra.com/2017/07/07/stereo
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A Perfect Day

“The world is not imperfect or slowly evolving along a path to perfection. No, it is perfect at every moment, every sin already carries grace in it.” ― Herman Hesse

With this project I wanted to create a composite encapsulating various elements of a perfect day my husband and I spent driving through Oregon’s stunning Columbia River Gorge and around Mt. Hood.

While this photo is anything but realistic, it contains many of my favorite sights from that day within one frame.

For a vantage point, I wanted to make the viewer feel as though they’re looking down on the Hood River Valley from the top of a nearby waterfall.

I shot and used four separate photographs for this composition.
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Superstar Records

This is the fourth in a series I’m working on where I’m back-lighting and photographing colored vinyl record albums to show off their gorgeous colors and make them glow.

For this project I utilized an antiqued color scheme, star shaped elements (which I masked out from the LPs and added a glow to), and records resembling vintage Bakelite plastic, set against a cream-colored background and topped with a custom record label.

This image is a composite of 4 different record albums, all of which are shown in their actual colors:

- Ennio Morricone’s Black Belly of the Tarantula original motion picture soundtrack on yellow vinyl with red and green
- Francesco De Masi’s The New York Ripper original motion picture soundtrack on transparent green vinyl
- Angelo Badalamenti’s Twin Peaks soundtrack on Damn Good Coffee brown vinyl
- Sega’s Golden Axe game soundtrack on transparent gold vinyl
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View-Master Reel Series 2: The Little Mermaid

“At first she was overjoyed that he would be with her, but then she recalled that human people could not live under the water, and he could only visit her father's palace as a dead man.” ― Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid

This is the second in my series of photographs of back-lit, vintage View-Master (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/View-Master) reels: Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid.

Here, I used my favorite reel from my vintage View-Master collection, Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, manufactured by VM in 1958. I love View-Masters and all things 3D, and fairy tales (especially the non-sugar-coated original versions) like Andersen’s are so magical and maudlin.

Here’s the whole (sad) story, image by image, taken from this VM reel:

1. The little mermaid lived far down in the sea.
2. She rescued a prince from his sinking ship.
3. A girl from a convent found the prince on the beach.
4. “My magic,” said Sea Witch, “Will give you legs.”
5. Now human, the mermaid became friends with the prince ―
6. ― but he married the girl from the convent instead.
7. The grieving mermaid became a daughter of the air.

I left all of the dust and scratches on the reel’s transparency in place to add to the photo’s vintage look. I also adjusted the color balance and colorized the photo a bit since View-Master transparencies lose their saturation and become somewhat monotone over time. I left the number “2” in place to show that this is the VM reel’s 2nd transparency. I also realigned the text to fit beneath the image directly because the text captions in VM reels are offset from the images.

For this project I merged two macro photos that I took of this View-Master reel, one with the reel back-lit (which illuminated the View-Master slides but left the reel and text silhouetted in black) and another photograph of the reel lit from above (which showed the paper reel and text but left the slides dark).

Combining these photos allowed me to show the reel as if it were lit from behind – as when viewed with a View-Master – while at the same time maintaining the visibility of the reel and it’s text.

The original photographs that I took and used for this piece may be viewed here: https://studiocandelabra.com/2017/05/14/view-master-reel-series-2-the-little-mermaid/
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Divinyl

“We have a secret project at Third Man where we want to have the first vinyl record played in outer space. We want to launch a balloon that carries a vinyl record player.” ― Jack White

This is the third in a series I’m working on where I’m back-lighting and photographing colored vinyl record albums to show off their gorgeous colors and make them glow.

For this project I made a composite using 24 different LPs, all of which are all shown in their actual colors.
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Divinyl

“We have a secret project at Third Man where we want to have the first vinyl record played in outer space. We want to launch a balloon that carries a vinyl record player.” ― Jack White

This is the third in a series I’m working on where I’m back-lighting and photographing colored vinyl record albums to show off their gorgeous colors and make them glow.

For this project I made a composite using 24 different LPs, all of which are all shown in their actual colors.
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Love Song

"I think you have to pay for love with bitter tears." ― Edith Piaf

This is the second in a series I'm working on where I’m back-lighting and photographing colored vinyl record albums to show off their gorgeous colors and make them glow.

For this project I made a composite using four different LPs, three of which I masked out into a flower pattern.

The albums used for this composition were:

- The “Maniac” motion picture soundtrack (on clear vinyl)
- The “Chopping Mall” motion picture soundtrack (on fuchsia vinyl)
- Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats “Bloodlust” (on purple vinyl)
- Mark Ryden’s “The Gay Nineties” (on candy red vinyl)

The records are all shown in their actual colors.

I also designed a fictitious Love Song record label graphic.
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King Music

"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats." ― Albert Schweitzer

This is the first in a series I'm working on where I'll be back-lighting colored vinyl record albums to show off their gorgeous colors and make them glow.

For this shot I made a collage using 3 different LPs, which I masked out into a target pattern. I chose the primary colors red, yellow, and blue for the first (and primary) image in this series.

The records used for this shot were:
- Ennio Morricone's ‎"Lizard In A Woman's Skin" soundtrack (on transparent blue vinyl)
- Orion "Reborn" (on sunburst yellow vinyl)
- The Twin Peaks "Fire Walk with Me" soundtrack (on cherry pie red vinyl)

I created my own fictitious record label, King Music, in honor of the important role music plays in our lives.
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View-Master Reel Series 1: Farmlands and Forests

"I've been afraid of people playing their life away with too many toys." ― Ray Bradbury

This is the first in my series of photographs of back-lit, vintage View-Master reels: American Scenic Wonders - Farmlands and Forests.

For this image I merged two photos that I took of this View-Master reel, one with the reel back-lit (which illuminated the View-Master slides but left the reel and text silhouetted in black) and another photograph of the reel lit from above (which showed the paper reel and text but left the slides dark).

Combining these photos allowed me to show the reel as if it were lit from behind - as when viewed with a View-Master - while at the same time maintaining the visibility of the reel and it's text.
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