The Story Behind the Image
In the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker, Mina Harker was an ideal woman from the Victorian era who was compelled by Dracula to be his bride, and the spell was lifted when he was slain.
I wanted to do an alternate take on the ending to one of my favourite stories - what if Dracula never died and is still alive in the 21st century? Mina Harker would definitely have been "turned" by now and lives to accompany the count in their immortal existence.
She wakes from her centuries old tomb, just in time to catch the final light of the dusk. Her eyes glow red, hungry as she catches the scent of human blood. The bats fleeting towards the background could either be depicted as Dracula in his other form, or just Mina's minions waiting to do her bidding.
Progressive Shot Composite
The shots below are progressive updates shown in steps, and showcases the buildup of the background and ambience.
I shot the background in the same warehouse location as the previous shot I did Alice in Wonderland - The Queen of Hearts. Check it out if you haven't already seen it.
The background was shot on my Fuji X100S at 35mm and the model was photographed in studio on my Nikon D600.
The bats as well as the stone tomb CGI elements modelled, textured and rendered by myself. Having been doing 3D/CG for a good decade of my career, I've only started incorporating them into my style of photography. The reason is that it's never easy getting a hold of props for each of my projects, especially when the prop is a stone tomb or a group of flying bats. It is just easier and cheaper to create them virtually on my own.
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The Mina Harker Model
Below is my model Katya who pulled off an exceptionally scary facial expression. She really brought her game-face with her to this shoot.
Shot her on a simple chroma green screen for quick and easy mask selections. This proved exceptionally useful for isolating individual hair strands.
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