Fighting the Red Devil

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Fighting the Red Devil

Melissa L. Zavadil 6/23/2005 8:35:14 PM

Hey Joe this is a really good shot! I love the way that the fire is lighting the pic! My sister is a firefighter and has been begging me to take some shots of her (or maybe I have been begging her) either way. Could you give me some tips on how you accomplished this?? Any advice would be greatly apprieciated! :o) Thanks!! #268013

Terry L. Ellis 6/23/2005 8:38:25 PM

This is a fabulous enviromental portrait, Joe! Love the title, too! Excellent job! #1513152

Joe Jarosz 6/24/2005 7:36:51 AM

Thank you very much Terry and Melissa!

I put a piece of white seamless paper up on the wall, and then had a strobe lighting the paper with a red gel on it. I had another strobe with an orange gel to my left (picture right). That picture is also posted online so you can see what it originally looked like. I got the idea to add the fire in the background which I did in photoshop and added the fire as a layer, then adjusted the levels to get the final picture.

I'm really happy with how it came out.

Thanks, Joe

Melissa L. Zavadil 6/24/2005 10:01:27 AM

Thats what I was wondering, I thought that you might have used gels. I saw this done somewhere else where they used them and it created this same cool effect! I like the fire it looked so real I was wondering if you had real fire! :o) Neat shot Joe! Thanks for the explaination! I am so excited to shoot my sis! :o) #1515576

Joe Jarosz 6/24/2005 10:07:30 AM

Don't shoot her! take pictures of her!! :)

The fire wasn't real, but maybe I shouldn't have given away my secret! The color gels I got at a local photo supply house, they were pretty cheap. I found I had to double up on them to get a darker color that I wanted. Glad you like the picture. Have fun taking pics of your sister.

Joe #1515602

Terry L. Ellis 6/24/2005 10:11:12 AM

Love the explanation of your technique, Joe! Thanks for sharing! Makes for a very, very cool image. #1515626

Joe Jarosz 6/24/2005 10:32:15 AM

Thank you Terry. I appreciate the nice feedback.

Joe #1515731

Melissa L. Zavadil 6/24/2005 5:59:39 PM

You are funny!! I guess I won't 'shoot' her.... LOL! I do apprieciate the explanation though!! :o) #1517120

The Judges at 7/23/2005 2:30:13 AM

Nice composition. #1624357

Kerby Pfrangle 7/25/2005 3:06:39 AM


Congratulations on your second place win.

Job well done. Kerby #1634298

Joe Jarosz 7/25/2005 4:37:08 AM

Thank you Kerby! #1634731

Peggy Wolff 7/25/2005 7:01:14 AM

Congrats on this very deserving and fantastic win! #1635325

Joe Jarosz 7/25/2005 7:11:35 AM

Thank you Peggy, I appreciate the nice comments! #1635406

Melissa L. Zavadil 7/25/2005 7:19:46 AM

CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRATS!!! This is such a wonderful shot! I am so glad that you won!!! :o) #1635451

KHAWLA Haddad 7/25/2005 8:27:47 AM

Congratulations on this wonderful winner!!! #1635879

Joe Jarosz 7/25/2005 8:33:29 AM

Thank you both! My first win, very exciting! #1635923

Terry L. Ellis 7/25/2005 11:08:08 AM

Congratulations, Joe, on your fabulous win! I knew this one was great!! #1636774

Sharon Day 7/26/2005 11:17:24 AM

Outstanding image, Joe!!! Big congratulations on this well deserved win! #1641208

Joe Jarosz 7/26/2005 11:35:07 AM

Thank you Terry and Sharon! Its fun to get such a great response to my picture. Its motivating! #1641276

Bishop Bastien 7/26/2005 2:53:19 PM

Congratulations Joe! Very nice shot and win as well.

Best regards -- Bishop #1642031

Joe Jarosz 7/26/2005 2:58:36 PM

Thanks Bishop! #1642062

Joe Jarosz 7/26/2005 2:58:37 PM

Thanks Bishop! #1642063

Shari Travison 8/3/2005 10:42:35 AM

I love it...the fireman's intense expression goes so well with the fire you added. Congratulations on your well deserved win! #1672383

Joe Jarosz 8/3/2005 6:55:09 PM

Thanks Shari..Getting the fireman to cooperate was quite a task..of course, I have to admit that the fireman in the picture is me :) #1673993

Shari Travison 8/4/2005 9:58:13 AM

Well then, I hope the fireman cooperated with you. Aren't some model's temperamental? ;)

Now that I know more, you've got a great expression. I also think your comp is very artistic/interesting. #1676590

Joe Jarosz 8/4/2005 12:28:08 PM

Well, this models a little tempermental.. #1677184

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