Emily Moore's picture

The Red Hatter

I worked on this concept for a long time. I wanted a unique style with all red items that would complement the sense of drama and movement I was going for.

This was achieved with four lights. One white light with 10 degree grid as the key light, one gelled red light on a black background behind, one red gelled fill light from below, and one red gelled light with reflector kept on through the long exposure to capture the movement.

50mm · f/11.0 · 3s · ISO 100
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Edward Crim's picture

This is one of my favorites of yours. Glad to finally see your work here on fstoppers.

Emily Moore's picture

This is my current favorite. :) I'm glad you think it's one of my best. It seems like it hasn't gotten as much love as some of my other work has lately, so I'm happy to hear you like it.

Vijay Mewada's picture

Hi Emily. Another superb continuation of your solo colour mood images. Composition. Mood. Pose. Appreciate you sharing about light set up.

A query. Are these composited images for background silky low shutter speed light movements? I assume the model features are quite sharp to have this as single exposure.


Emily Moore's picture

It's a single exposure. I did front curtain sync, snapped the shot with all of the flashes, then moved out of the frame. Moving out of the frame creates the red flowing light because there's a gelled light left on throughout the three second exposure.

Emily Moore's picture

So in other words, the flashes froze everything clearly at the beginning of the shot before the movement.

Vijay Mewada's picture

Emily, Sure. at the closer look the hat has left a trail behind. You may have left it for your creative reason.

Anyways, I admirer your work. you manage to maintain the balance, get the superb expressions from the models. and above all dignified creative mood.

Vijay Mewada's picture

Hi Emily. Thanks a lot for reverting back with more sharing. I got it. I also remembered using this in one of the workshops last year. though used a little differently.

Lethu Zimu's picture

This shot is really amazing I love it.

Emily Moore's picture

Thank you! This is my favorite shot in my portfolio right now, so I'm glad you love it too. :)

jim trotter's picture

Beauty !

Mark Bucher's picture

This is a very cool image Ms. Emily. The motion makes it work. Thanks for sharing

Emily Moore's picture

Thanks! I am looking forward to creating more long exposure portraits. :)

Dilyana Hezhaz's picture

Code red! Definitely a favorite image. I don't think it would've been the same without the long exposure effect. Superb.

Emily Moore's picture

This one is my favorite from 2020 because everything really came together. I took a version without the long expo, and I totally agree that this needed the long exposure trail.