about this image

A few years ago, I went through a phase where I challenged myself to create interesting images without relying entirely on conventional tools and/or props. In this case, we stepped outside the studio and used an ordinary stucco wall as a backdrop.

Once I removed the step-shaped hairline cracks in the lower right and adjusted the wall color, I felt like the image took on a slightly different feel-- it no longer screamed "this was shot against the side of a house!". Would you agree?

strobist info

Lit with an Elinchrom Ranger Quadra inside a gridded 22" beauty dish, boomed directly in front of my subject and slightly overhead.

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tools & gear used

Other than changing the wall color as previously mentioned, there's not a whole lot of Photoshop trickery going on here. Just the normal touch-ups, sharpening, and a reduced-opacity Topaz Adjust layer.

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