Wordy Wednesday #238: “Belle in the Enchanted Forest”

Anybody can direct a picture once they know the fundamentals. Directing is not a mystery, it’s not an art. The main thing about directing is: photograph the people’s eyes.—John Ford

I’ve often written here about how the movies influence my photography. Last night I was watching the Criterion Collection’s version of John Ford’s My Darling Clementine and was struck by the cinematography of Joe MacDonald who created what must have surely the first film noir western. And if you’ve never seen the restored My Darling Clementine, you haven’t really seen the movie.

belle-de-jourI’m not as much influenced by TV show mostly because with rare exceptions such as HBO’s series Westworld, they tend to be overlit, especially traditional network shows. Yet it was ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” that influenced this image starring the then 16-year old Sarah Dean as Belle.

My portrait of Sarah was shot with an Olympus E-M5 Mark I and Olympus 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 (at 14mm) with an exposure of 1/125 sec at f/8 and ISO 200. Technical assistance, lighting and staging was provided by Jack Dean. PS. To see what Sarah looks like today, take a look at this post comparing her changing looks over the years.

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Author: Joe Farace

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