Making Pictures, Making Friends

I have written of this picture before. I discussed it in The Hot Shoe Diaries as a lesson in filtration, and how a green gel over the Speedlight and a corresponding magenta gel on the camera lens would render a normal skin tone and, simultaneously, clean up a fluorescent-laden cityscape and take a pleasing but average sunset and make it seem like end of day on Tatooine. Full green gel = 30 points of magenta (roughly, to your taste). It was a two-step that we did religiously back in the film days, but which we have largely abandoned after the dawn of digital, pixels, Photoshop, plugins, selective color, and who knows what else. At the time I shot this, I was dealing with the physical, relatively immutable reality ...

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