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By JamesBurns
Just an hour to go... My last day on the job.
Early retirement; not my idea.
Doctor's orders. Heart condition.

This all came about from a conversation on another forum. Someone was asking how to achieve a Sin City style of look - lots of people mentioned actions and plugins, but nobody gave much thought to the lighting.

So, out with the boys yesterday, and when Ade and Matt finally got bored of posing me, I took my own turn behind the camera, and attempted to recreate the look - or something close to it.

Ade's sitting on a metal crash barrier. I've got an SB-800 on camera in commander mode providing some forward fill. There are another two speedlights behind Ade, 45 degrees either side and above, providing the main lighting.

Processed the RAW file & imported to Photoshop - did a quick 'n' dirty mono conversion, a bit of dodging and burning and an overlay layer with a slight red tone to complete the effect.

Was is successful? You decide...

Tags: Flash Black and white Sin city Ade mcfade Portraits and people Flash and lighting Castleford Off camera

Voters: Badger, Mari, fauxtography and 15 more

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fauxtography 16 6.6k 36
16 Nov 2008 10:18PM
I'd say yes... nice one Mr Burns.
croberts 17 2.2k 8 Ireland
16 Nov 2008 10:25PM
yes! very Sin City. it works very well.

perhaps a little less fill, so has to have more defintion from the harsh side lights, maybe giving some darker eye sockets etc.
Eviscera 15 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2008 10:26PM
has total depth , and sidelighting perfect mood.


kitsch 16 439 4 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2008 10:34PM worked!
culturedcanvas 16 4.7k 59 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2008 10:59PM
Sidelights a touch further back .. don't want too much spill onto the nose and essentially a slimmer strip of light would make it a touch more 3D ... lower the fill output a dash too ... also might lower the height of the side lights slightly.

Other than that not bad Wink
SKavanagh 14 312 5 England
17 Nov 2008 7:10AM
Excellent shot works really well
JamesBurns 13 1.3k 7
17 Nov 2008 7:46AM
Cheers folks!
bayliner185 15 16 1 Northern Ireland
17 Nov 2008 9:55AM
Don't know what a sin city look is meant to be but this is certainly a very arresting image, it caught my attention straight from the thumbnail.
JamesBurns 13 1.3k 7
17 Nov 2008 10:32AM
Thanks Jim.
Sin City was a film, a couple of years back I think. I was originally a comic book/graphic novel, and it was shot in a very stylised way - very dark, harsh shadows, not entirely black and white but very desaturated, that kinda thing. A Google image search for "Sin City" should show up the kind of thing I mean.

ade_mcfade 17 15.2k 216 England
17 Nov 2008 4:05PM
I look lovely Smile

quite like the hood - that looks pretty cool with the furry bits.

the ones I did of matt are similaraly scary, though not edited those just yet.

One to try again - maybe get the rear lights low then point them up...
zed 17 551 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2009 12:05PM
Sin City is a great film, The Spirit is out now, made by the same people, it has the same sort of style and look to it.
sykesy 10 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2011 7:24PM
Awesome image! Very well done.

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