Let's praise simplicity. Your best works are just like this one: technically outstanding & on the visual layer almost a casual snapshot, with still 'something more' underneath. I presume your pictorial sense (if I can say so) is already very film-like, though it might be floating in your veins rather than be something you're aware of in a sensible manner. (Some call it 'a gift' and they're correct.) This image opens the viewers' mind to whole lotta stories: just think of, it says, what's happening off-screen, who's the girl observing or talking to, where she is, etc. And as such it's pretty natural, no arrangement or manipulation is visible (even though it might have been used, its traces seem withdrawn and the eye looking through the camera viewfinder gets united with the viewer's eye). I've been coming back to take a look at this picture for a couple of days now and just wanted to see if anything gets changed in my perception. Fortunately, nothing like that has happened.
The cigarette doesn't interfere with the overall effect, it's not like some goth / horror / macabre prop. It doesn't come from any world that may be different than the one we all belong to. It _just_ is. It can be significant on a symbolical layer, though, if we speak of a single picture which lives in its own, 'single' way: the young girl, full summer, full of life, and it just reminds of something opposite it brings together with joy. In a movie such a detail would vanish among other pictures and would be just a prop. Here it can recall a diversity of meanings.
thank you so much, it means so much to hear not only that you like it, but that my picture is worth looking at multiple times I truly appreciate your comment and the time you've spent to analyze it imagery (both stills [photography] and sequences [cinematography]) are my passion, and I fully intend to pursue it as a career, there's just something about how much can be communicated in the details of what the viewer sees, how something as simple as a slight change to the color balance and completely change the tone of the mood and what the image is conveying
lol it's a fun effect to work with, (previously I tried incense and fog machines) I like the effect of smoke, and now all of a sudden everyone's willing to smoke for a photo shoot if I lived close to a beach I'd work with water and waves ect if I lived up north I'd work with snow (I would LOVE to work with snow, I miss it so much) Where I live it barely ever rains (and if it does it's still sunny and the rain is brief) and there's really not many cool locations (hence the few random locations when we go searching for places) I'm currently in the mood to try building steampunk goggles and if it turns out successfully I will most definitely be using them a lot it's all just taking advantage of the things at your fingertips
and thank you! this picture really stood out from the series and I had to use it, sadly there was a branch sticking out in front of her face but it removed it
thank you so much! I grew up wanting to be a director, without really understanding what the position entitled Once I went to film camp and they had us work on our shorts as if it were a real studio I learned the duties of the DP and realized that was the position that I thought the director was in charge of It's quite funny though that most people don't understand what the purpose of the DP is or even how it correlates to film ("of photography") my one friend thought the purpose was solely to take the publicity shots and stills from the film for the ad campaigns