This past Saturday I was working at one of my bread and butter shoots - the venue also had a stage for school plays, etc. There was a full sized phone booth prop pushed up against the wall. I asked my intrepid photo assistant, Maria, if she would become an impromptu actress ala Gene Tierney. She enthusiastically agreed.
©2015 Andy deBruyn
There are three light sources here. One, a large floor to ceiling window behind me providing overall light. It was a very cloudy day so the light was even and soft. Two, I placed an AlienBee 800 firing into a silver reflector about ten feet in the air firing down from behind. I used the little on camera popup flash set to 1/40th power just strong enough to activate the slave on the AB800.
I converted the images to black and white in Photoshop using a gradient mask. Didn't add any light directions just darken all existing ones to emulate the early 1940's film noir look. I had John Alton in mind, the great black and white cinematographer of that era.
Nikon D7000 with the 18-135 set to ISO 400.
The images weren't planned of course since I had no idea there would be a phone booth so we both improvised for about ten minutes during a break.
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