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DavidMBuckwalter September 19, 2017
I just wanted to leave a quick note to say thank you for participating in my "Portraits on Location" challenge. While I ultimately chose another photo as the winner, this one was one of my 100 favorites in a field that was just shy of 2000 entries.
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marcbaechtold May 14, 2018
great selection of tones!

up in smoke



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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this under the road near my house. It was in a tunnel that had been pretty badly treated, so the atmosphere helped me get into the mood I was trying to portray.
Time
I took this photo around 4:00 pm on a very cloudy day. I wanted to shoot a photo with a lot of contrast.
Lighting
I shot this in a tunnel under the road. I wanted a to just have my model be the only thing in the photo so I used a flash to illuminate just him.
Equipment
I used a Canon t3i and a 50mm f/1.8 lens, as well as a Canon Speedlite.
Inspiration
I saw these smoke bombs on eBay and I thought it would be cool to shoot some portraits with them! I went down to a tunnel and scouted the location beforehand to see what it could offer.
Editing
I made simple adjustments to the photo in Lightroom. I mostly used curves and the HSL bar. And of course, I shot raw!
In my camera bag
I always have my t3i with me. My go to lenses are my 50mm f/1.8 and my 24mm f/2.8. I tend to shoot with prime lenses because I feel they offer the best image quality.
Feedback
Get a smoke grenade and just set it off! Not indoors, though. We called the police before we did anything to make sure everything was legal. Also, don't breathe the smoke! It smells really bad, and it burns your eyes. It only lasts about 90 seconds, so make sure you are ready to capture the shot!

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