Friday, January 19, 2007
Asked to illustrate a story about nicotine in cigarettes I had this image in mind right away. As far as illustrations go, this was one of the easiest I have had to shoot.
First step was finding a willing smoker who shall remain anonymous. Not showing who is smoking meant two things in the shoot right away, I would need a tight crop and a probably a silhouette.
I picked a spot outside the office and framed the smoker against the setting sun sky. That would do two things. One it would guarantee an easy silhouette exposure and two the backlit smoke would be more dramatic. The warm evening sunlight gave the cigarette smoke a nice noxious brown look for added effect. I shot with a 300mm lens to blow any thing in the background out of focus to draw reader’s attention to the cigarette and smoke.