Inspiration: VUHL 05

Photography by Laurent Nivalle

Although my line of work usually range between 23,976 and 120 frames per second, I find most of my inspiration in still photography. I came across Laurent Nivalle’s work on the Behance Network and I was amazed by this very talented French photographer. He kindly agreed to let me publish a few pictures from his project VUHL 05; a photography project that got my attention because of the treatment he gave to his exterior shots.

Exterior shots require, in my opinion, more creativity than interior shots. You often depend on the weather, can’t rely on set decoration and must deal with the same elements other creatives deal with : skies, trees, buildings, grass, water, etc. It means you need to have an edge and do something that separates you from the pack. In my case, it’s retouching and color grading.

But Laurent Nivalle doesn’t need to rely on retouching, I’m confident his photos are awesome straight from the camera. It’s the style he gave to of his VUHL project that got my eye. I like the balance of colors between the blacks and the whites. He manages to get a really nice cyan look in the blacks and some beautiful creamy yellowish whites. I’ll definitely keep this look in mind for a future photography or color grading project.

Here are some pictures from his series :

Be sure to check out the full series here!

Enjoy the rest of Laurent’s work on his website and on his Behance.

Charles-Etienne Pascal is a freelance digital colorist working in Montreal, Canada. His line of work mainly consist of advertising, but he also very much enjoys grading music videos, short films and documentaries. Chuck likes photography, motorcycles, travelling, bouldering, guitar and of course color grading.

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