Donna Paul  

Pyxie Purplish by Donna Paul

August 2020 - Pyxie Purplish

August 2020 - Donna Paul


About the Image(s)

touched up, removed light, added black
Canon 6-D, Outside no flash smoke boom

4 comments posted

Donna Paul   Donna Paul
This was a young lady that posed for me and we spent time out side playing with smoke. The props were a lamp that I glue flowers and leaves to. I had some long black gloves and she had a white top so we did the same thing with putting leaves and flowers on them. She is holding a group of flowers on her head and had a hair pin that she put in the front. She did her make up. We had fun doing this shot and the lighting was good because it was over caste so the sun was not bright or going in and out. Did I crop it to tight? Is the color of her skin right? She had a tat; should I have painted it out?   Posted: 08/02/2020 14:31:03

Manfred Mueller   Manfred Mueller
This is an interesting image and now that you have added the explanation, I can understand what you did a bit better.

I use a smoke machine in my work from time to time, but smoke needs to be back-lit other wise the gentle translucence gets lost and the smoke can look quite opaque, as it reflects the light back at the camera. That seems to have happened in this shot. I tend to use a separate flash, just out of frame and angled back toward the camera at around 45 degrees. I test the smoke and model separately to make sure that they work together.

I have never shot smoke outside (the wind moves it out too quickly) and without studio lighting.

Here the smoke seems heavy and it seems to "amputate" your model's camera left arm. I like the skin tone in the original better as the main image has very yellow looking skin.   Posted: 08/02/2020 19:41:22

Donna Paul   Donna Paul
Thank you Manfred you are always so helpful. You are a true Pro. I would love to come take some classes from you someday. You were right about the yellow a lady told me that "you should always add a little yellow to your photos. And that is what I did and you saw it was to much. I hope I learn to see as good as you do. Next time I do another smoke shot I will to do it inside and use a flash about 45 or what looks right. Just don't know how long in FL before I can work inside with anyone. :)   Posted: 08/02/2020 20:04:37
Manfred Mueller   Manfred Mueller
I don't necessarily disagree with the lady who told you to add yellow, but in my view the advice might have been better stated that portraits should be slightly lean to the warm tones, rather than being purely neutral. The question really is the amount, rather than the concept. I do this in my work, but tend to be much more subtle; just a few percent warmer.

When I shoot smoke, I adjust my main light to give me a correct exposure on the subject and then light the smoke to get the effect I want (a bit of trial and error is used here). Looking at the archives; I posted a studio image with smoke in my January 2019 submission.   Posted: 08/03/2020 10:01:31


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