December 16, 2010

My First Look

I'm a little late to the party with this post but I thought I'd take my Sucker Punch images in the order in which they appeared. This first ran in Entertainment Weekly last Summer to correspond with ComicCon San Diego.

I used my long lens (80-200mm) for this one. I was standing just off to the left of the movie camera ,and during the 3 or 4 takes I did my best to capture the scene. There was plenty of time between takes as explosive charges were reset and dirt was removed from the actors. The trick of course is to get a shot where everyone is visible and looking badass.

In the motion picture world you can put those things together in your head, over time. In my world, it's my job (and the retoucher's) to distill the moment into a single frame. As of this writing, I don't know if this is a composite or not. I don't think it is. I remember this being pretty much as is.

I gave the image some "love" in Lightroom to more accurately reflect the mood and color temperature of the scene but otherwise, it seems like a reasonably straight image. Keeping the 35mm proportions also lends credibility that it's my unadulterated, un-cropped shot. And that makes me happy.

Note: Last Summer, scans of the spread included the gutter of the magazine causing all renderings of the image to have a strange gap. That's all resolved now and the official site has the image up for unobstructed viewing.
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