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Between bank robberies

Between bank robberies
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Copyright: Richard Juneau (richardj7) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 95 W: 8 N: 79] (591)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2005-06-06
Categories: Mood, HPP [Heavily Post-Processed], Portrait
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm F2.8 L
Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-10-10 12:57
Viewed: 5201
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 45
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I photographed Dominique Nadia who wanted to replenish her personal portfolio. She's a french singer from Quebec province who also models part-time. She was staying in a hotel in the Laurentians (north of Montreal). We shot at various locations around the hotel, and inside, looking for different moods. This car was in the front of the hotel, sourrounded by modern cars, hotel windows, and other modern clues that would have killed the authentic look of the photo if I had not done some Photoshop removal (mostly cars showing above the front tire, and also showing from under the car) and reconstitution (adding tree branches and leaves to camouflage the cars, and wires).

The sun was harsh. I did not have an assistant to hold a see-through reflector to soften the light, and reduce the contrast. Fill-in flash would have flattened the shadows too much. So, I took the shot like that. Coming from shooting inside, I also forgot to change the ISO from 400 to 100...:) It happens, sometimes.

My idea was to make this photograph look like a gangster's girlfriend taking a break out in the fields somewhere in the country, to escape the law or between two bank robberies. I felt she had the appropriate dress and hairstyle.

Back on Photoshop post-production, I decided to use the high contrast and make it look like an old high-contrast Polaroid photo, sepia added, and the surrounding frame (got the frame from the magazine Digital Photo October 2004 edition).

I remember my father taking lots of Polaroid photos. I was in charge of timing the development, carefully pealing the photo from the edge, putting on that greasy protective solution to preserve it, and make it look more glossy. I can remember the smell.

Lots of fashion photographers still use Poraroid backs on their Hasselblads, RB's and others, even 4 x 5, and some 8 x 10 view cameras for proofs or final prints. If I'm not mistaken, an 8 x 10 Polaroid print is around $4.00 USD each, maybe much more.

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To fserajian: Old time shotrichardj7 1 07-09 23:56
To yarecky: Lampost removedrichardj7 1 10-10 13:33
To VE2VGA: Lampadaire enlevé dans le workshoprichardj7 1 10-10 13:32
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  • Lisar Gold Star Critiquer [C: 319 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-10-10 13:02]
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Your Bonnie is wonderul, Mr. Clyde! And yes, it has that old vintage, gangster feel in it. Maybe you should have cloned out that street lamp behind, its a bit distracting, at least to me. Otherwise, a great shot...

Now, hands up and gimme all ya money!!! :))))


Excellent travail, merveilleuse idée, belle composition et résultat final bien soigné ... à part peut-être le lampadaire en arrière plan comme mentionné précédemment, mais dans l'ensemble c'est excellent.

Wonderful shot and idea to make this photo like you've done. I don't know if somebody will notice such a detail as the old lamp in the background. I do like it.

Very beautiful photo....the sepia colours finished it.


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  • ceslou Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 370 W: 14 N: 369] (4246)
  • [2005-10-10 13:41]

So good richard. Absolutely stunning. Very professional work. I like the colors.

Cool shot, Richard, it definitely has the 'Bonnie and Clyde' feel to it.

I hope she was happy with your work, I love it.


eheh impressive work Richard, i would never though about the other cars in this scene. Very nice portrait.

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Hi Richard,
You did a great job with the shot and the Post Process. I think you got what you were after. It looks great to me.

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  • padre Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1419 W: 90 N: 263] (4035)
  • [2005-10-11 19:24]

Nice tones and I like the set up Richard. For me, it would have more impact if the model was looking at the camera. You could experiment with hats and other props also. B

Hi Richard,
You've done an excellent job here both in capture and post processing.
Best wishes,

Hi Richard,
An excellent photo. It looks very classical. The model, car and sepia tone are perfect.

Nice light, lovely tones and composition. I'm not so sure about frame but anyway this is a beautiful photo! Regards

salut, superbe photo. l'effet retro est complet. vieille voiture, l'habillement, le sépia et les bordures, vraiment bien fait. pour l'auto je dirais peut-être une Studbaker, une Essex ou peut-être une Graham, pas facile a identifier vue de côté. je suis en grand amateur de voitures anciennes.

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  • sephus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 254 W: 0 N: 96] (4261)
  • [2005-10-15 12:46]

Great work here, Richard.
It may have been a lot of work, but it was very worthwhile.
Indeed your Bonnie is beatifull.
Your choice of sepia was right.
The framing is great.

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  • Josine Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 922 W: 21 N: 652] (4069)
  • [2005-10-18 16:31]

Hello Richard
nice photo


Great production. B&W sets the mood perfectly.
Beautifull reflex on the car door...
Beautifull shot!!!!
The notes are also very detailed and instructive.
Many thanks

I think your PS work is very good. I wouldn't have noticed that you cloned out cars. It has a very "gangster" feel to it. You have successfully captured that "mood". A lovley shot that immediately captured my eye even in the thumbnails. Well done.

Your note is very detailed and a pleasure to read. Great effort.

Hello Richard,
Well captured! Well composed! Well post processed! And I remember the novie... Good job here, and I took the liberty of playing in a workshop... not for improvement but for fun!
Pablo -

Superbe photo, Richard. Le PP donne vraiment l'atmosphère des annees 30s. Très bien réussi, surtout la version sans lampadaire :) Eric

Hi Richard,

Excellent old looking photo - congratulations!


le sepia convient tres bien pour cette photo!
le modele s'y prete egalement bien!
j'ai vu ta gallery.
je voit que tu n'est pas en reste au niveau des portraits!


An excellent shot. Well done.


this one is excellent Richard
its really Bonnie and Clyde atmosphere

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