This is an outtake from the “Hamlet” shoot [link]; Conor changed position just enough that his head no longer hid the flash serving as the backlight, so when it went off I got a frame filled with raw photons and lens flare. When making my selection passes, however, I kept it – it had potential. While the rest of the set got a dramatic black & white treatment, I kept this one in color and actually boosted the saturation a bit with a film emulation and some Photoshop work.
It is a complete departure from the rest of the shoot, but as a stand-alone image I really like it. It’s much more glamour-shot than moody-theater-shot, but shooting into exposed flashes is an idea that’s been kicking around the back of my mind for a couple of years now, so this was a happy accident that turned into a kind of proof of concept.