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Film Noir. Crime. Tough beat, though it pays the rent, and it’s the best way to hustle a paper. But tonight, there was every film noir cliché in the book, stretched out cold. Brittle and shameless, like a drunk in the park. I turned to leave, but took a shot anyway. That on-camera Speedlite 580EX II wasn’t set as an optical trigger by accident.

Speedlite 580EX II to camera left, zoomed to 105mm and triggered optically using a Sonia slave device at 1/32. A set of window blinds were hung from a light stand, out of frame, to cast the shadows to the left. The flash in the Graflex reflector is actually a small electronic flash unit ...

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