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Guest anonymouscuban

Went out the other night to shoot some more photos of this couple. We went with a Film Noir style. I haven't gone through all the shots but I did process a couple that jumped out at me. I'm happy because I was feeling pretty sick when we shot these so my expectations were low. Slightly different treatment on each of these.

 

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Both are good. I like the styling of the first one as to me it seems to fit the look of that era. What a fun idea. I always have trouble figuring out what to do with hands.


There is nothing worse than a brilliant image of a fuzzy concept. - Ansel Adams

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Guest James Fitzgerald

These are nice! First one works better for me in regard to the title.

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What a pity that in the second one the man is looking at the camera, but I like the idea even though they are B/W, but it suits the idea.


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Guest Elsa Hoffmann

my first impressions are also that the first one is the better one. I also agree that the composition works better in the first image, although I am pretty confident the second one will be as good in the couple's eyes. Did you consider to use a shoot/spotlight perhaps ? to get more of a lamp-post type lighting?

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Guest Shac

They're good but IMO I think they need a heavy dose of "grain" for the full "film noir" look  - just a suggestion

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Guest anonymouscuban

Thanks for comments and suggestions all. 

 

Elsa, I actually did use a spot... well, 30° grid on a standard 7" round reflector on the strobe. I actually tried a 10° grid but the couple wanted more of them exposed. Although this was my creative idea, they plan on using these for their wedding. She is a big fan of this era. 

 

I do wish I could have placed the light higher though but I was limited to my 10' stands and I didn't have an assistant with me. 

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Edited

Edited by Tom Hook

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Guest Elsa Hoffmann

ah ... ye the client sometimes knows best

 

and ye -  the limitations of 2 hands ;)

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Guest jramskov

I quite like the results you got and agree with the comments above.

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Guest JohnBrew

First is really good. Second one is unnecessary.

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First is really good. Second one is unnecessary.

 

Maybe....., but both want to identify with the shot (or the lady might as well be with a stranger)

 

and the guy probably paid for the shot.... :D

 

Rags

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Guest anonymouscuban

The coy leg-crossing by the lady in the first picture is a pose I could never imagine Veronica Lake, Barbara Stanwyck, Lana Turner, or Ida Lupino assuming. It comes across as submissive which none of those dames was.

 

As for the second shot,the facial expressions seem totally out of keeping with the primal mood of noir. Too dreamy, not the stuff of loss and desperation.

 

Get tougher, get grittier, get uglier.

Interesting commentary. I guess your comments aren't out of place if I were trying to replicate a film noir scene exactly. However, these are engagement photos with a film noir style. I have to let them be themselves.

 

 

ah ... ye the client sometimes knows best

 

and ye -  the limitations of 2 hands ;)

 

I was going to make a funny comment about a 3rd arm but I guess I won't. LOL

I quite like the results you got and agree with the comments above.

 

Thanks.

First is really good. Second one is unnecessary.

 

HAHA. Except that the second was shot before the first. I do prefer the first shot over the second though if it were simply shot for me and my port.

Maybe....., but both want to identify with the shot (or the lady might as well be with a stranger)

 

and the guy probably paid for the shot.... :D

 

Rags

Exactly right rags. These are meant to be engagement photos that the couple will use for their save the date and to display at the wedding and their album so the guy has to be visible.

Now... I have spoken to the couple about doing another film noir shoot. This time for myself so I will have more creative liberty with it. They love the idea, especially since I offered them the digital negs for free (TFP). Maybe in a few weeks. Have to find the time.

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Guest Elsa Hoffmann

I was going to make a funny comment about a 3rd arm but I guess I won't. LOL

Smart-ass :tease:

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