Monday, 23 February 2009
It's as simple (and ridiculous!) as it looks - length of ducting, with a flash stuck in the end. I've added a CD in the other end as a reflector to try to even the light out a little.
And here it is 'in action' - the bottom half of the frame is the same image, but with the exposure dropped -4 stops in ACR to show the hot spots a little better. You can see how uneven the light is, with 12 o clock to about 4 o clock being lit, but a lot of falloff after that
On this shot, I added a second (hand held) slave flash - you can see that this even things up a lot (same idea as above - bottom half is dropped 4 stops in ACR). This looked pretty good, so I thought I'd see out some willing 'models'... Cue Eeyore and Elmo:
Eeyore looks OK - very 'flat' lighting, but he doesn't have any reflective eyes (aaw, poor Eeyore!) so you can't see the trademark ring catch light, and he's quite a big guy, and was a fair distance off the wall, so you can't really see the ring shadow/halo against the wall...
Elmo, however, is lucky enough to have real (plastic) eyes, and looks a lot better with the ringlight - you can see in the catchlight that the light still isn't even, but it's a lot better. Still need to try to mask off some of the ring around the flashes to try and even things out, and maybe figure a way to mount the 2nd flash (or better, get the reflection working well enough that the 2nd flash isn't needed)
That's gonna be tomorrows problem... or next weeks. Sometime.
Wednesday, 11 February 2009
Distance covered: 3km
Tension: 10 (Yes, the highest - I realised this after I'd finished!)
And for the record, I'm bloody exhausted. And given that the 3 peaks challenge is 24 miles, or 39km, that means I've only done 1/13th of the distance. Wah!
Day33 - Tyneside afternoon
Originally uploaded by NosamLuap
Well, 33 days into my 'project365', and I'm pleased to say that I'm on track and haven't missed a day (and I haven't resorted to too many pictures of my house/dog/dinner etc to act as 'fillers'!)
Some have been 'record shots' of the day in question that summarise what I was doing, where others (like this shot of the Tyne) were images that I'm really pleased with and are more than just a grab shot.
So - 33 gone, 332 to go....
It was great to talk with people about the images, to hear their views/criticisms/complements. It was a real honour for me to be given such an exhibition, and I am really pleased with how it all went.
Special thanks also to the staff at the English Martyrs Art Gallery for their assistance in setting up the space and in arranging the event.