The Escape

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In one way or another we are all fleeing from something. I really wa...
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Please check out my other work and my blog over at www.robertcorneliusphotography.com
In one way or another we are all fleeing from something. I really wanted to do an image that showed a woman running scarred but we are not sure why or from what. My amazing model had the idea that the character be Batman's mother running from the Joker. I thought that would be interesting so I pulled some inspiration from that while bringing this image to life. Ended up with just a slightly comic book-graphic novel sorta feel which I'm rather pleased with :)
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BruceB April 09, 2014
Beautifully done
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verity September 09, 2014
Love it, quality
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gregedwards March 23, 2017
It is a pleasure to look through your pictures!

Behind The Lens

This photo was taken in the studio where I work in Lebanon, PA. Believe it or not, it was shot inside and then I took an empty picture of the alleyway next to the studio to composite her into it.
We took this photo rather late in the evening. I do all of my personal work after hours when the studio is closed.
The main key light was a large Octobank in front of her, slightly off to camera left. Two flash-heads with small reflectors were fired into a white seamless background to mostly blow it out. Two more flash-heads with small reflectors were angled to hit from behind her on either side to add the edge light.
This was shot with a Hasselblad H2 with a PhaseOne digital back. If my memory is correct, I was using an 80mm prime lens. As far as flash equipment goes, it was all older Commit Flashhead lighting gear. Other than that, just some seamless paper for a backdrop and a couple big pieces of foam-core to block the edge lights from flaring out the camera.
One of the main inspirations for this shoot was the coat. My friend, who also happened to model for the picture, has a lot of very unique vintage clothing and she brought this fantastic coat with the bold red lining and I knew I had to shoot it! She actually suggested that it would be cool to do an image of Batman's mother running from the Joker. I decided that whether or not anyone would know that's what it was, it would be a great source to pull some inspiration from. I went just a little bit more graphic novel/comic book-looking than I normally did at the time, and used that theme to come up with the pose and scared facial expression.
As mentioned before, this image is a composite, so naturally there is a lot of post work done. Not only did I place her on the background, but I also added several different images of her to get the pose I wanted. I added in different feet, a different hand, even different necklaces. You can see a before and after here if you'd like! https://www.facebook.com/RobertCorneliusPhotography/photos/a.1466072850270939.1073741836.1384225241789034/1467152263496331/?type=3&theater
In my camera bag
Because I work for a commercial photography studio, I have access to a LOT of equipment, but these are the items I use most: Hasselblad H2 with PhaseOne P45 Digital Back Canon EOS 5D MarkIII with Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip Comet Flashheads with large light modifiers like soft boxes. Pocket Wizard Plus II Wacom Tablet
One of the hardest things to pull off on an image like this is the feet. It's always difficult to get it to look like the person is actually standing there and not just dropped into a background. A lot of that has to do with the angle of the background plate, so be sure to try and take the picture of your background at the same angle and height as your subject image. Also, if you can blend in the actual shadow from the picture of your model, that helps tremendously. This can be easily done by duplicating the area around the feet where the shadow is and setting the blending mode to multiply and then masking away the excess.

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