Getting Cinematic with Clint

I've always been in awe of the films of Wong Kar Wai, in particular his film "In the Mood for Love," which is set in 1920's Shanghai. The cinematography and cinematic tone of the film was always something I'd wanted to emulate. I felt inspired and had the perfect model for the project. Clint is fairly new to the modeling scene, but you can't deny he has the perfect features for photographs.

It was a rainy night, which normally wouldn't pose a problem, but somehow my equipment got wet and was therefore uncooperative. Rather than calling off the shoot, I worked with what I had, which was ambient lighting. We were shooting near an antiques shop that left a window display on at night. I saw the opportunity and used it as my main light source.

Suddenly not having my controlled lighting turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The lighting was low, so I had to crank my ISO up to 1600, which gave me a nice grainy feel, therefore adding to the cinematic look of the shots.

The final shots are moody, pensive and cinematic in lighting style - my homage to the beautiful work of Wong Kar Wai.