Kathy Triolo  

Murder in Montreal: A Della St. Clair Mystery by Kathy Triolo

October 2020 - Murder in Montreal: A Della St. Clair Mystery

October 2020 - Kathy Triolo

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About the Image(s)

I love doing "Film Noir" type photography and when my friend, Jan, came to visit, we had fun making up scenes with her "character", Della St. Clair. This is one of our imaginary "book covers". All compositing done in Photoshop.

10 comments posted

Alan Kaplan   Alan Kaplan
Everything works! The black and white, the figure of the man standing menacingly on the other side of the door, the moon reflected in the glass, and Della inspecting the bloody hand print all come together to make a perfect Film Noir mood. I'll bet you had fun creating this successful composite!   Posted: 10/10/2020 10:25:26
Kathy Triolo   Kathy Triolo
Thank you Alan! Yes, we had a great time. I love film noir and hope to do more.   Posted: 10/16/2020 22:36:40

Brad Becker   Brad Becker
Kathy, I agree with Alan, this is a beautifully constructed, very effective image. Your use of space, tonal range, and visual elements all come together very well. Nice job!   Posted: 10/11/2020 12:38:15
Kathy Triolo   Kathy Triolo
Thanks much Brad!   Posted: 10/16/2020 22:36:56

Aavo Koort   Aavo Koort
A real Film Noir. I can imagine Bogart in the doorway. The woman however is too heavy to be Bacall. Well done.
I would correct the gray shadow in the man's chest.   Posted: 10/14/2020 18:09:03
Kathy Triolo   Kathy Triolo
Thanks Aavo! The grey shadow is the reflection of the building in the window. It's in the original. Perhaps a bit too bright though.   Posted: 10/16/2020 22:38:13

Marilyn Kinyon   Marilyn Kinyon
I love that you took this into black and white. It all blends very nicely. I think the light between the mans legs takes the focus off of her a bit, but that's just a personal thing. I totally love the image!   Posted: 10/15/2020 10:37:52
Kathy Triolo   Kathy Triolo
Thanks Marilyn! I never noticed the white between his legs. I'll look at it again.   Posted: 10/16/2020 22:38:45

Peggy Nugent   Peggy Nugent
This is a really great image, Kathy!
I wish it really was the cover of a book because I want to read it. The woman's focus and body language are perfect, making it very credible that she hasn't seen the man with the gun yet. What a great model! Beautiful light on her face and the texture of her coat.
The staircase leads very nicely up to the door and that sinister silhouette. The light on the doorframe next to the man really draws my eye to him.
Your gritty black and white finish is the perfect finishing touch.

My only suggestion is that the snow on the steps draws my eye a bit more than I'd like. Personally, I would consider either toning down the brightness or cloning in more step and less snow. That's just a nit, though.

It's a truly inspirational image. I want to go out and try my hand at it now.
  Posted: 10/15/2020 16:21:49
Kathy Triolo   Kathy Triolo
Thanks Peggy! I'll see what we can do to make that mystery story happen, hah hah!
I appreciate your attention to detail!
I certainly hope you try it too! It's very fun and open to so much creativity.   Posted: 10/16/2020 22:40:09


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