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This is a film noir style shot from a forthcoming feature on EPZ on shooting Hollywood Star portraits of the 30s and 40s. The lighting here varies from the usual "butterfly" style of the 40s, and heads into noir territory which started to influence portraiture in the mid-late 40s. There are two flash units, with no diffusion, on either side of the subject, with a reflector at the front, to just bounce a bit of light into the middle. The camera is slanted and the intention is to create a sense of danger and unease.

Camera:Nikon D200 Check out Nikon Nation!
Title:Hollywood portraits
Username:Duncan_E Duncan_E
Uploaded:13 Mar 2007 - 11:46 AM
Tags:Black & white, Digitally manipulated, Female, Film noir, Hollywood, Portraits, Portraits / people
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VOBEROI
VOBEROI  7
13 Mar 2007 - 11:50 AM

very 50s....but is there any particluar reason why you've chosen to focus only on her face?

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MediumSizeUnavailable

fantastic; really evoques the era well with that angle, dof, sepia and dramatic pose. quality all over

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Duncan_E
Duncan_E  7199 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2007 - 11:52 AM

Yes, the intention was for the focus to fall away - all adding to the mystery and danger.

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clevercloggs
13 Mar 2007 - 12:11 PM

femme fatale written all over it. Good lights. like your explanation too on how the lighting concepts changed over the years. More of that too please.

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Jules33
Jules33  7 Scotland
13 Mar 2007 - 12:28 PM

Very effective, even the small thumbnail screams film noir.

Brilliant!!

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Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1214381 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2007 - 1:37 PM

Very effective Duncan, I quite like using an and tungsten head and beauty dish for this kind of work.

Paul

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Lynxeffect
13 Mar 2007 - 2:26 PM

Superb shot...love the lighting and use of DOF..nice job

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Hugeknot
Hugeknot  91212 forum posts Iceland2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2007 - 3:46 PM

Great lighting on the dress, but not so keen on the shadows on her face. Also her hand doesn't look right. Is it her hand? or a mankin?

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MDaniel
MDaniel  7 Ghana3 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2007 - 4:03 PM

What I would like to know is, how come this has not had the hits! This is a great shot

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Duncan_E
Duncan_E  7199 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2007 - 8:36 PM


Quote: but not so keen on the shadows on her face

Well that's the point of this shot, it isn't supposed to look all lovely like a standard 40s portrait, it's noir. I'll stick a regular 40s style shot from the shoot up tomorrow and detail that.

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RichardN00
RichardN00 e2 Member 7393 forum postsRichardN00 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2007 - 8:50 PM

Really evocative, could easily be a film poster from the 30's or 40's

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shiny
shiny  9 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2007 - 3:25 PM

Like this, nice one

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chelle
chelle  877 forum posts
18 Mar 2007 - 4:40 PM

Good image. Well done.

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POOCHIE
POOCHIE  8 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2007 - 9:18 AM

Superb, love this shot.

Pooch.

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stevekhart
14 May 2007 - 9:57 AM

Really enjoyed the article, thanks Duncan.

P.S. What happened to the regular 40's shot?

Last Modified By Dave at 14 May 2007 - 9:59 AM

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Duncan_E
Duncan_E  7199 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2007 - 11:30 AM

I removed it from my PF Steve, but you can see it in the article itself near the bottom. It's the one with the gloves.

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LindaPellingPhotography

Hello Duncan - I love this image - great works you have in your pf

Babs

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