Vintage Clown – How this was Shot, Lit and build!

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Model: Gwen | MUAH: Ria Kooijman | Set: Me

Gwen and I have done a few shoots together. We had some free time on a random thursday.
And thus we started throwing around ideas and images and came out with Vintage Clown.
Clowns are creepy and vintage once even more so.
Now that we had a clear idea on what we wanted the character to look like.


It was time to create the environment the character would be in.
To give it a circus feel i wanted to have a set that looked like an old circus tent. Or at least in my head circus tents are red-ish with white stripes.
So we used an old orange tarp they use to cover stuff when painting.
And painted it with white stripes. Used another one as a roof suspended by rope and tripods.
And strung up some party flags.

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I also wanted some hay bales on the ground. But couldn’t find any in short notice.
So wound up shooting more above the waste.

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Case of the mondays

Lighting:
Main light was a Elinchrom BXRi 500 into a 100CM Deep Octa coming from camera right top.
I used a Canon 430 EX II as the spot in the back with a Full CTO on it and Honl Grid. right behind model.
Back light Elinchrom RX One with Reflector and Grid pointed on the roof. Camera left behind model.

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Into each life some rain must fall. But too much is falling in mine.

Lighting:
On the second shots I placed the Canon 430 EX II to the right of the camera behind the model. Pointed it at the flags and used the flag as a gobo to project the shadow behind the model.
Just makes the background a little more interesting.
The main light is still the Elinchrom BXRi 500 into the 100 Deep octa coming from camera right top. And i turned off the back light.

Processing:
I wanted to tarp to look a little more red. So in photoshop i used Selective Color Adjustment tool to shift the color from orange to red.
With curves I brought out the blue in the shadows. And accented the yellow in the highlights.

Team:
Model: Gwendolyn Post
MakeUp/Grime/Hair: Ria Kooijman
Assistant/BTS Photos: Juliane Falk

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