Sunday, February 20, 2011

Trisha Bradshaw #2 - Metropolis Lighting

Model Trisha Bradshaw, with make up by Sarah Lynn, sat for this picture made with a simple two light glamor setup that was commonly used in 1920s German cinema.  Most of the close-ups in Fritz Lang's 1927 Metropolis were lit like this.  Processing for the color version used Lightroom 3 to crop and reduce clarity and saturation, followed by brightness adjustment in Nik Vivenza and minor stray hair cleanup in Photoshop CS5.

Taking the 1920s German emulation a little further, I set up a preset in Nik Silver Efex Pro that emulates the look of a Leica IIc and an early Agfa ortho-chromatic emulsion.

Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: AF Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 D
Exposure: ISO 200, f/4.5 @ 1/15s, Auto WB, RAW
Lighting: 1 Calumet Quattro beauty and 1 Flashpoint bank with 5500K fluorescent lights 
Support: Gitzo Basalt Tripod, Acratech GP head, RRS L-bracket
Location: Grand Center Artists' Studios
Dates: Capture - February 19, 2011, Processed - February 20, 2011
Processing: Lightroom 3.3, Photoshop CS5, Nik Silver Efex Pro

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