Play ‘Misty’ for me…

I’ve had several folks ask me what inspires my work, even after I posted an explanation in the past. Well, I’m only to happy to share with you the wacky way I think. As I’ve mentioned in the previously, a lot of the inspiration for my work comes from movies I have seen, or from books I have read (most of those movies and books are darker in nature). Once I shot the bracketed RAW files I needed for this HDR, I put on some appropriate mood music to help guide my post-processing. I’m guessing I’m not the only one out there doing this, right? Right now as I write this I’m listening to Giorgio Moroder & David Bowie’s Putting out Fire, which is the same song I listened to while post-processing the image. The theme and title of this work were, as some of you likely guessed, inspired by the great Clint Eastwood flick of the same name, Play ‘Misty’ for me. I still remember seeing that movie when I was a kid, and I’ve tried to get some (but not too much) of the creepy feeling of that flick into this photo. To me, the Bowie song (music and lyrics) is a great compliment to the overall theme; the color tones are all inspired and enhanced by the song when it was featured in Cat People (orange tones) and Inglorious Basterds (reds and browns). Well… enough of the artsy, fartsy stuff! Here’s the shot already!

Play 'Misty' for me...

“Cat People (Putting Out The Fire)”

See these eyes so green
I can stare for a thousand years
Colder than the moon
It’s been so long
And I’ve been putting out fire
With gasoline

Feel my blood enraged
It’s just the fear of losing you
Don’t you know my name
Well, you been so long

See these eyes so red
Red like jungle burning bright
Those who feel me near
Pull the blinds and change their minds
It’s been so long

Still this pulsing night
A plague I call a heartbeat
Just be still with me
Ya wouldn’t believe what I’ve been thru
You’ve been so long
Well it’s been so long
And I’ve been putting out fire
with gasoline
putting out fire
with gasoline

See these tears so blue
An ageless heart
that can never mend
These tears can never dry
A judgement made
can never bend
See these eyes so green
I can stare for a thousand years
Just be still with me
You wouldn’t believe what I’ve been thru

You’ve been so long
Well, it’s been so long
And I’ve been putting out fire
with gasoline
putting out fire with gasoline

— lyrics by David Bowie

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July 29, 2010 - 21:33

Bob Lussier Just getting caught up on your very exceptional work! I love this and also love Slow and Steady Lines, your previous post. I think this new Blog platform has awakened a monster of photography and prose. Keep it up!

July 29, 2010 - 23:56

Jacques Thanks, Bob! It’s all thank to you, my good friend, and I mean that most sincerely. Helping me get this site up and running was the key element!

July 30, 2010 - 02:43

John Tammaro Really love this shot. From the lighting around the guitar to the light leading you to the doorway. I am expecting Clapton or Mark Knopfler to walk through it.

August 4, 2010 - 18:30

Sean Beautiful shot! How did you get the ring of light to look the way it did around the base of the guitar?

August 4, 2010 - 19:36

Jacques Hey John and Sean! Many thanks! As for the question you had, Sean, I thought someone might be curious about this. Here is what I did: first, I shot my brackets for the HDR with available light. The resulting HDR would be my base. I then shot another two frames using off camera flash (Nikon SB-900 Speedlight) with an amber gel. I shot one frame with the flash positioned right behind the guitar and facing the back of the guitar at a 45 degree angle; I shot the second frame with the flash positioned behind the speaker. In post processing, I blended the areas of amber glow that I wanted in my final piece into my base HDR with layer masks. Took a little bit of time, but it was worth it, I think!

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