Emily Moore's picture

Purple Haze

I shot this on a whim, but ended up liking the results!

This is four lights. An optical snoot with a spotted globe gobo provides the pattern. There is a gridded blue fill light (reflector) to color the shadows on the face blue, a purple-gelled light in 33" silver umbrella camera right and behind to add a kiss of light to the back of the hat and shoulders, and a purple light on a black seamless backdrop.

85mm · f/5.6 · 1/50s · ISO 100
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Vijay Mewada's picture

Do you process your image yourself or take external help. Thanks.

Emily Moore's picture

I process them myself using Lightroom and Photoshop.

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gregurbano's picture

great capture

Emily Moore's picture

Thank you!

David Bicho's picture

Light is beautiful, model and make-up is stunning, the mix of flowing stripes and "straight" dots is perfect. Lovely image.

Emily Moore's picture

Thanks so much! Really appreciate your kind words. :)

Dave McDermott's picture

Very nice. It's the gobo effect that really makes this interesting.

Emily Moore's picture

Thanks! Agreed entirely. I also took some shots with other gobos, and it really changes the look of the whole image.

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Emily Moore's picture

Thank you, Hector!

Dilyana Hezhaz's picture

This has such a timeless look!

Emily Moore's picture

Thanks! I do love the hat. I think it has a timeless feel.

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Emily Moore's picture

Thank you! :)

Jack Loughran's picture

Amazing lighting, and beautiful retouching. 5 stars!

Emily Moore's picture

Thanks, Jack! Glad you like it. It was a lot of fun to create.

Duy Vu's picture

Excellent 😍

Jim Bochicchio's picture

Beautiful photo. Great use of color and contol of your lighting.

Emily Moore's picture

Thank you!

Henry West's picture

Great Light!

Emily Moore's picture

Thanks, Henry!

Michael Collins's picture

Do you mind sharing details on the snoot/gobo? I've wanted to play with focusable light like this, but haven't found the right gear (especially not on the strobe side of things).

Emily Moore's picture

It's tough to find. I'm not 100 percent happy with what I have, but this is the optical snoot: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8m5h4bwijfz80bg/AAArudEXLHgel8_WY5Kox4VIa?dl=0. It's Bowens mount. I agree with one of the reviews that says it can create fringing. It doesn't focus all that well. It comes with gobos, but this is actually one of the magmod gobos. I cut it down (was able to cut with scissors) to fit in the metal tray that comes with the optical snoot.

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Emily Moore's picture

Thanks, Iain!