You know, sometimes you get this idea in your head and you just gotta get it out. I did this last night in my studio.
Anyone want to model as Popeye for me?
A bit about this, I used my main light directly and above my camera to broaden my face and a second light off to the side with a barn door just to give me some shape. A third was on my background cloth (a red fleece blanket.) I used a plug-in called Topaz Simplify to eliminate a lot of details and then history painted my eyes back in with photoshop.
There was occasional car traffic here in the half hour I was parked along this road near Manistee, Michigan. Someone even pulled over way up there to pick up a huge piece of dead wood and get it in their pick up truck, probably for their camp fire. This was the holiday weekend by the way.
I have visited this site many times and in every season (we get four in Michigan.)
This time, I decided to use my widest angle lens and get my camera as high as I could get it and fire it with a remote. I’d say it was between 12 and 15 feet off of the ground for this image. I was on a step stool that I keep in my car and I used a monopod to hold it as high as I could above my head. Yes, I have insurance on my camera and gear in case I break it.
I shot horizontal and vertical images. Both had this ethereal viewpoint this time.
I had to head out there when I saw we were having a good sunny evening. Nice light. Almost as exciting as winning at the casino (that was a joke.) I even got a good photo with my cruddy camera on my cell phone.
A high percentage of my images are vertical since I am vertical being, I feel that is more natural.
Guns and Booze. Photo taken for flickr’s MacroMonday group. Each week we are given a theme to try to take up to five macro photos related to the theme..
I took just over 100 photos to get this. Many more than I normally do. I was aiming high, low, all kinds of angles and part placements. One or two strobes and a reflector also. I don’t normally shoot that many but I was enjoying the situation. This one, I had a strobe behind to send some light through the bottle but then the lower part of the gun was dark and a reflector wasn’t filling in the shadows enough so I added a second strobe to give some more depth to the subject. Oh, as a side note, this was shot outdoors, in the woods.
I enjoy the challenges from these ‘assignments’ and encourage you to write down ideas, follow assignments and generally put your thinking caps on to capture some images.
I was up north in Manistee visiting friends and relatives at my mom’s place. So including target practice shots, these hand gun shots, candids, canine photos, children photos, and unique landscapes in the area, I had a pretty good day off.
Ahh, the old “charred squirrel’ lighting technique.
This week I practiced my Chiaroscuro lighting in my home studio. One light raking along the back wall (textured concrete) and the main light high to camera left on subject (me in this example)
This style has been used for hundreds of years to create depth in the 2 dimension world of art. Chiaroscuro originated during the Renaissance as drawing on coloured paper.
What motivated me this week? I found and bought a couple of photographs taken in 1900 that used this technique and wanted to try to re-create the style of lighting.