Day 165 of 365

Bird leaf

Bird leaf

I think this bird like creature came from the Magnolia tree in the garden. Sitting on a translucent light table lit from beneath by a small flash.

Gotta love the ease with which the Nikon flash can be remotely adjusted from the camera – a little trick picked up in lighting class.

Day 157 of 365

Strange brew

Strange brew

Last class for lighting. Post production at a nearby eatery.
Used lessons learned to set up the shot (external flash on TTL, ISO to 500, slow the shutter to allow ambient light) and asked a pretty girl in the next booth to snap
the shutter. All eyes open – not bad.

This second item is part of the final assignment for lighting class – the magazine cover. Although strictly not an image taken today, it is a creation put together for submission today, so in it goes.

Magazine cover

Magazine cover

Day 139 of 365

Room 4 rent

Room 4 rent

Lighting class assignment (small flash) part 2 – interior.

The groans were palpable as this part of the assignment was called out as it meant preparing a staged setting. Well, you’ll just have to clean up and stage a little was the response.

The timing was perfect as I had already agreed to shoot the interior of Peggy Kelly’s B&B in Greely. This saved me from having to clean and stage my own place. The basement area even has an exercise room with sauna.

This is one of several rooms available. The best part of this kind of shoot is disposing of the evidence once you’re done. For this, the flash was bounced off the corner of the room with Auto White Balance set.

Day 138 of 365

At work - 2

At work – 2

Another environmental portrait for lighting class. I was in Canada Computers on Merivale Rd. and Keegan agreed to have his portrait done while assuming the pose.

All lighting at this end of the store is fluorescent. One of the items covered in class dealt with the gels that come with your nice new Nikon speedlight. Most people, apparently, don’t know what they are for and throw them in the bottom of a drawer. Well, I fished mine out and prepped the flash by covering it with the gel for fluorescent light, set the power to 1/64 and set the white balance on the camera to fluorescent. In the store, I put the flash on the counter aimed to bounce off the ceiling.

I had to preset the amount of fill flash because it was to be triggered as a slave
and the SB800 is not easy to change on the fly.

The image that came up on the screen was quite blue but, after resetting the WB to
daylight, everything turned the right color – no mixed light in the image. I like it
when things work out.

Day 135 of 365

Glasses

Glasses

I’ve been following the blog by Leanne Cole who has a section on artists who have influenced. Today she listed Olive Cotton and put up some of Olive’s images. I liked one and thought – how hard can that be.

Well, this is a first crack and it is a challenge. My version used foam board background – too shiny, a single light bulb – too close ( think).

Olive’s version has strong shadows and a bright white background. I think her light was brighter and further away, maybe using barn doors to help make the shadows. The board was matte and textured to reduce reflections. I suspect there were no lenses in the glasses as well. In addition, she used film – no digital previews and difficult manipulations in the darkroom, so the setup had to be near perfect.

Anyway, it’s late & I’ll take up that challenge again later. Interesting how an easy shoot takes more thought and experimentation that it seems.

To see Leanne’s take on Olive:

http://leannecolephotography.com/category/influencing-me/

I’ve been experimenting with NIK’s Silver FX Pro. Google is now offering the
collection for $149. These are 2 interpretations of the same scene using their
filters.

NIK FX 31

NIK FX 31

NIK FX 24

NIK FX 24