hair wrangler

Camera - Nikon D200
  • Aperture: f/2.8
  • Focal Length: 70mm
  • ISO: 640
  • Shutter: 1/50 sec
  • Camera: NIKON D200

It’s been a hell of a month. Around the middle of December we chose to move house when a great deal landed in our laps. We’d not planned for this happening at all, of course, so the last month has been a chaotic time full of upheaval and change and wintery nights. And it was my birthday, last weekend!

And finally, here’s the first in a series of images from the set of Vivid, written and directed by Reg Traviss based on a story called ‘Dream House’ by Michael Armstrong. This was a scene being filmed in The Electric Birdcage, a bar in the Haymarket in London.

I added a B&W adjustment layer set to Soft Light for some desaturated punch, and another B&W set to Multiply to give her face a bit more detail. I masked out almost all of that Multiply layer, then used a Levels layer to put some brightness back into her face as the Multiply blending mode darkens it a lot. There’s also a Hue/Saturation layer set to slightly desaturate the whole image as it was a bit too orangey, and there’s finally a vignette as well.

In terms of the content and framing I like the washed out look of the lights just out of frame that are flaring in the lens, and I like to shoot people at work – in the background is hair & makeup artist Justyna Dobrowolska, with whom I also worked on Tristan Versluis’ short films Pixel and I Love You.

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