For St Patricks Day……
Playing with the flashguns again. After last week’s attempt with a dark background thought I’d try against a white one this time.
Used both flashes on around 1/16 power to blow out the reflector, with the glass gaffer taped to a breadboard. I learnt today that wet Gaffa tape isn’t actually that sticky, and it’s a lot harder to blow out the background and keep the glass exposed than I thought it would be in the space I had available (Glass was probably only around 12 inches in front of the background).
Had quite a lot of Tidying up to do on the background.
Bit of a rush job on the background, and still needs a bit of work to sort out the random reflections. With limited kit and for a first attempt with both water and a dark background (with no backdrop) was quite pleased with the result.
Taken on a kitchen worktop, I stood the glass on a reflector cover, black side up.
I had the 430EX on 1/8 power behind (and firing through) a white reflector to the left of the glass, and a snooted YN something flash on the second lowest power setting (I’m assuming 1/32), to the right. The snoot was a homemade one but did a good job of keeping the light off the wall behind.
Camera was on the tripod with a cheap ebay remote release. Water was poured from a normal jug, as I hit the button.
Was pondering whether this evening was to be a beer or wine evening, and suddenly became inspired to attempt something new to me.
Have had a couple of flashes for a while and aside from a bit of fill in when shooting outdoors, and the odd balanced portrait indoors I’ve never attempted to master a studio type setup. For a first go was quite pleased with this attempt, though I suspect a piece of glass or perspex would have made for a better background than the Mac and a piece of A4.
For those interested there was a 430EX, triggered wirelessly @ 1/32 on the background (the plain A4) Camera right and just a tad closer to the background than the glass.
Camera left, was a YN460-II on lowest power setting with a homemade snoot (piece of black foam and an elastic band, triggered as a slave from the speedlite.
Camera settings were 1/160 @ f16, ISO 400 (which was an error because I never checked what it was from last time I was shooting – F/16 @ 100ISO would have been better).
Canon 30D (seen better days but still firing)
Canon 50mm f1.8
Hope someone finds this helpful, and although it’s not technically perfect and isn’t a particularly interesting shot of a glass, it’s a start.
May try some water / glass combinations later on if I get time.
It’s a bit early in the year for negative thoughts !!! – Not really sure why I did this, but stumbled across an online Photoshop Tutorial and thought I’d have a crack at it. Was a lot more difficult than the 4 step tutorial suggested to try and make the final image look less like a cut and paste job than I ended up with. Image processing remains a bit of a sticking point for me, and I despair that I’ll ever really be able to do it without butchering the original file. So, for now (and this is the closest I’m likely to get to a new years resolution) I think I’ll have to stick with trying to get things ‘right’ in camera and keep the processing to a minimum.
This isn’t the tutorial I used (in fact I wish I’d found this one before) but if anyone else fancies a crack at it there’s a useful step by step you can find simply by clicking this link clicking here
“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross.
Never a truer word spoken, and although this isn’t a stained glass window, I think it’s neglected aura certainly makes one wonder what tortured souls dwell within…..
Following the Behind closed doors image, I dug out another one of part of the same building……
a quickr pickr post
Following on from the plain droplet shots I found myself with another spare few minutes and tried something completely new…..
Learned quite a bit.
1) clean the glass, then clean it again
2) Frozen peas don’t make much of a splash
3) trying to drop things in a glass of water and photograph them at the same time is tricky
3) clean the glass, then clean the glass again
4) clean the glass
5) Bubbles form in the water without dropping anything in – nuisance.
6) Clean the glass.