The Rocket

The Rocket

Another lighting and composition study. For some reason, all of the photos that I have been taking recently are still-lifes. I'm not sure if it's a good thing or a bad thing. If I wasn't shooting these studio and lighting set-ups, I doubt that I would be taking pictures of much lately. I guess it's a good thing then.

I wanted to set up a situation in which I had to strike a balance between the lit lamp and the flash (flashes if you include the one built into the camera but those shots didn't work well at all) that I was using. I tried all sorts of combinations and exposures but, in the end, the best ended up being with the lamp off and a very directed flash aimed right at the frosted glass. The flash lights up the glass enough that it looks like the lamp is lit and throws off enough reflected light that the base and backdrop get lit as well. As an added bonus, there are some interesting shadows. Even though I shot in colour, the shots came out almost completely black and white. The only real colour that I could see in the images was the ever-present noise that my camera introduces. Therefor, I just made them B&W.

Since the base is chrome, it's hard to get shots that don't have me, the camera, or both reflected in it. This lighting combo also helped with that as the reflected light isn't strong enough to reach the camera. The only thing that I would change now is that I wish that I had set up a bit of a reflector to add a bit of light to the tip of The Rocket so that it wasn't so black.

Slight cropping, B&W conversion and contrast adjustments in Photoshop

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Camera: E990
Lens Type:
Focal Length: 18.5 mm
35mm Focal Length: ? mm
Exposure: 1/120 sec
Aperture: f 9.8
ISO: 100


Taken: 2006-07-14 04:29:07
Posted: 2006-07-14 | 00:06





The Rocket

The Rocket

Another lighting and composition study. For some reason, all of the photos that I have been taking recently are still-lifes. I'm not sure if it's a good thing or a bad thing. If I wasn't shooting these studio and lighting set-ups, I doubt that I would be taking pictures of much lately. I guess it's a good thing then.

I wanted to set up a situation in which I had to strike a balance between the lit lamp and the flash (flashes if you include the one built into the camera but those shots didn't work well at all) that I was using. I tried all sorts of combinations and exposures but, in the end, the best ended up being with the lamp off and a very directed flash aimed right at the frosted glass. The flash lights up the glass enough that it looks like the lamp is lit and throws off enough reflected light that the base and backdrop get lit as well. As an added bonus, there are some interesting shadows. Even though I shot in colour, the shots came out almost completely black and white. The only real colour that I could see in the images was the ever-present noise that my camera introduces. Therefor, I just made them B&W.

Since the base is chrome, it's hard to get shots that don't have me, the camera, or both reflected in it. This lighting combo also helped with that as the reflected light isn't strong enough to reach the camera. The only thing that I would change now is that I wish that I had set up a bit of a reflector to add a bit of light to the tip of The Rocket so that it wasn't so black.

Slight cropping, B&W conversion and contrast adjustments in Photoshop

no geodata found

EXIF

Camera: E990
Lens Type:
Focal Length: 18.5 mm
35mm Focal Length: ? mm
Exposure: 1/120 sec
Aperture: f 9.8
ISO: 100


Taken: 2006-07-14 04:29:07
Posted: 2006-07-14 | 00:06


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