Terry Walters, PPSA  

The Vamp by Terry Walters, PPSA

October 2020 - The Vamp

October 2020 - Terry Walters, PPSA


About the Image(s)

Canon R, iso 100, 50mm lens, F8, 1/100 sec, studio flash.

This was taken in another old abandoned warehouse that is about to be refurbished, so it was dirty and had loads of old items to be used as props. These were some old dirty and scratched mirrors standing by the windows so we looked at what we could do with them, using a single studio light to provide fill in light. I can’t say I was happy with the initial results but may have made something useable. First I cropped out a lot of the extraneous windows but wanted to keep all the mirror. I used Topaz Adjust to improve the image, then another high pass filter to sharpen even more. The windows to the left were blurred, and then a brightness/contrast layer (masked) used to darken the sky in the mirrors and behind the model. Finally turned B&W as I didn’t like the colour version. I have considered tinting to make it look older but haven’t made up my mind yet.

4 comments posted

Helen Warnod   Helen Warnod
This is a really interesting image Terry. So much to look at. I like the crop. It accentuates the reflected figure beautifully.
Only suggestion I would have is have a look at the vertical lines (edge of the mirror on the left and the line in the glass sheet on the right). Perhaps a little tilt to the left before the crop?   Posted: 10/02/2020 00:23:58

Sunil Mehta   Sunil Mehta
BW processing is good, liked it.   Posted: 10/03/2020 22:10:46

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Terry, I love how edgy you shoot. It's a cool concept shot. I agree with Helen's comment about straightening some outside lines. It feels like its low contrast and a little flat to me. Perhaps if you did tint it and added some contrast? I personally like the color as the floor matches her dress. Maybe a tint like an old yellowed newspaper?   Posted: 10/05/2020 16:58:06

Jason Kravitz   Jason Kravitz
Looks like a great location to create some unique images. I like the house of mirrors quality to it and the gritty textures contrasted to your model's silky dress.

I think this edit works fairly well, but agree with Brenda it seems a bit low contrast. As this reminds me of an old film noir cinematic scene, I think it might benefit from the use of dramatic light and shadows to make it more alluring   Posted: 10/06/2020 13:19:35


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