She made it into town with little more than the train fare and a small town girl’s big city dreams. Only planned to stay in this fleabag hotel for a couple nights till she got something going…wasn’t even going to unpack her bags or hang up her things here. But it’s been damn near a month now, and trolling the tap rooms for a meal or a drink is becoming a full-time job, and it’s starting to look like home’s going to be this rotten little room in the Noir Hotel…
Like shooting in the dark without reflectors and bringing the highlights up with Photoshop (Both layer mask and dodge tool does this) I do this because it’s a look I cannot achieve the opposite way, shooting lighter and burning in. It creates an almost painterly effect. Then I drop the image into B/W and add lots of contrast – I call this look Film Noir.