December 17, 2012 at 10:19 pm #2393
An exercise in dark field illumination…
Light and Dark – Crystal
D300s 45mm f/8 1/250 sec ISO 200 Speedlights: a Nikon SB 900 & a Lumopro L160 at 1/4 power and max zoom (placed behind dark background, pointing away from camera, and directed at white card extending beyond dark background out of shot to left and right).December 18, 2012 at 8:51 pm #2409
Ian I think the out of focus shot of the lights is the more interesting of the two for me. The lights have a lot of potential and could be used with another object in the frame to relate to them. This is something that can be done in doors with fairy lights so I don’t have to go far. It’s a challenge to see what we can come up with so I’ve got my thinking cap on….
In your shot of the 3 glasses I like the way the reflected back lighting reveals the detail of the etched, or is it molded glass against the black background. However, I’m not sure about the composition. It just doesn’t seem quite right to me. I think it’s because the two right hand glasses are at the same height and may be the far right-hand one needs lowering to give a curved composition line over the top. How about putting some red wine in them! What do you think?
December 18, 2012 at 10:07 pm #2412
- This reply was modified 5 years, 9 months ago by Pete Robinson.
Peter >>> Thanks for your kind remarks. The central glass is in fact taller by a good centimetre or more. It is further away, too; the right-hand one is at an intermediate distance, and the brandy glass on the left is nearest the camera. In all, the group is about 20cm deep, front to back. But there is so little depth information with this lighting that it’s hard to perceive the relative distances and sizes. Perhaps a bit of overlapping would have helped, though I did try that, and didn’t like the effect.
Also, this is a BW conversion. If you start putting coloured liquids in the glasses, and shooting in colour with this lighting set-up, the whole lighting scheme gets much, much more technical. I was just having a go at lighting the cut crystal nicely. 🙂
I agree that the composition is not the most wonderful you’ve ever seen. (Try lighting glass and you’ll quickly see that it’s a very technical business! You’ve got to be really impressed with those guys who do product shots of glasses and vases in the Sunday mags!)December 19, 2012 at 10:54 am #2416
Yes, looks a bit sparse now. Brighten slightly?December 19, 2012 at 11:01 am #2417
John >>> I think the problem is with the white background on the forum. It looks much better on black. I’ve put it in my ‘BW Set’ gallery (it’s the last item) so you can get some idea of how it should look displayed properly. What do you reckon?
Edit: Oh, sorry – you’re referring to the ‘Lights and reflection’ image, not the three glasses? I bet that’d look better on black, too. I may have another play with it later.
December 19, 2012 at 12:42 pm #2419
- This reply was modified 5 years, 9 months ago by Ian McNab. Reason: Correct a misunderstanding!
Light and Dark.
Christmas City Night Scene.
December 19, 2012 at 12:52 pm #2421
- This reply was modified 5 years, 9 months ago by snapper_d.
excellent Delores in every respect. The placement of people great. With the cut glass not easy photo glass..Bring flute to centre so brandy glass nestles in curviture and tall bubbly/wine to right.December 19, 2012 at 1:31 pm #2422
Thank you Ken. I picked this one because I liked where the people were positioned and all the contrasting shades in the windows and lighting effects. I though I had better make an effort with the project this month 😉December 19, 2012 at 4:48 pm #2423December 19, 2012 at 4:56 pm #2425
Brilliant Robert.December 19, 2012 at 7:56 pm #2427
Nothing in Dark & Light—-some a couple if Light & Dark. As previously mentioned-I do find reducing images on this site sometimes creates pixelating as in the swan.December 19, 2012 at 7:59 pm #2431
Miss D I think you’ve got a picture full of shapes, mainly triangles, and contrast. I think it could be split into 2 pictures. the white triangle making the base on one pointing to the top windows and the second photo being what’s left below. What do you think?
Bob’s shot is really dramatic, especially with the use of a low angle which makes the swords seem so tall and dominate. Nice one Bob.December 19, 2012 at 8:05 pm #2432
I like both are your shots Ken. The side lighting as really helped to bring out the texture in both images and the swan’s reflections turns it from a record shot of a swan to a more interesting picture.December 19, 2012 at 8:18 pm #2435
I’ve finally got around to taking a couple of shots for this assignment. On Monday lunch time I popped down the local subway, no not the butty shop, with my trusty compact and grabbed a couple of candids. Which does the team prefer and how do you think I could have improved them. Polite answers please.
December 19, 2012 at 8:59 pm #2437
I particularly like your second image, Pete. The relationship between the two people adds something dynamic to the ‘story’ of the image, as does the sense of these two dark figures moving from the shadow to the light.
I wonder if it would work better compositionally as a square, based on the right hand edge of the image. Hard to tell without trying it. But it would probably lose the complex reflections on the left (which, speaking personally, I find a little distracting both visually and in terms of reading the image); and I think it might also emphasise the geometry of the silhouettes in relation to the frame, making for a stronger impact. Just some ideas to experiment with if you have time!
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