This town deserves a better class of criminal… and I’m gonna give it to ‘em! Jesse Feyereisen

Words by Jesse Feyereisen - A Platypod Pro
Edited by Eryka Bagwell


"Heath Ledger’s version of the Joker in The Dark Knight was just so darn good! While I didn’t really care for Christian Bale as Batman, the Joker was top notch! For this week’s project, I’ve got the 6” version of “The Clown” from Felix toys.

"So in all honesty, I didn’t really care for my first attempt at this shoot. A day later I decided to try again with a tabletop setup and change it up a bit. I placed the Joker on a box to elevate him just a bit. After setting up my camera at the edge of the table (on my tripod and Platyball Elite ball head). I went a little crazy with lights and used 4 off camera flashes this time. An AD200 in a 25” soft box overhead as my key light. I then added 2 additional AD200s in 10”x24” strip boxes in the back as rim lights, one with a green gel. Finally, one more speed light behind the figure pointing towards him as an additional rim light, and to light up the practical smoke/rain I was going to use. With everything setup, I sprayed a can of Atmosphere Aerosol, and followed that up with a spray bottle of water and fired off some shots.

"In post, I ended up merging 2 shots together to get the amount of haze + rain I wanted. The original shot wasn’t as exciting as I hoped, so I then added a stock photo of fire and blurred it for a foreground element. I then also used digital gobos in Boris FX Optics to create some backlit windows. Lastly, I color graded and cropped in Lightroom to finish it all off.


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