Deadly Maria

By: Gustav Hoiland

Feb 10 2010

Category: fashion, portrait

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Focal Length:52mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80

Arms Length

This starts off my dashing girls in coats, hats and scarves series.  Some of them wield firearms and cold eyes, others smile in their bundled warmth.  OK there’s only two thus far, but I may be expanding this.  The winter has only just begun.

Everything in this image is off balance.  The white lines leading to her are tilted.  The barrel of the gun is off center just a bit. (which reminds me of an introductory graphic design class I took where one assignment was entirely about the placement of black dots in a square and how that effects the dynamics of it) The line from the barrel to the left eye isn’t quite vertical. The gun itself isn’t even at a satisfying 45 degree angle.

Yes, this photo has already been made 1203912 times, but I wanted to try it out.  At first glance this doesn’t look like a very deep image, but when you look at the size of her hand compared to her head, you realize there’s about 3 feet from trigger to those blurred eyes.

The color is a bit strange here.  It’s mostly black’n white (or light skin-toney white). But then there’s the bright orange of the scarf, which surrounds the gun and defines its shape.  I’m not sure what’s going on with that hat, but gall darn’it I like it.

Also, this is a portrait with a prop. Something about introducing a prop into the mix makes directing easier and I think makes the subject more comfortable. The instructions change from “smile” to “ok, hand all the way out, to the left… left… ok just a bit to the right… hold it…


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