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Monday, 23 February 2009

Air duct ringlight - the experiment continues

Inspired by this post in the Strobist discussion group by Moyen Format, I tried making my own ring flash from a piece of flexible ducting - Picked up the ducting from Screwfix (Item number 17297) and also picked up a connector that's meant to be used to link the tubular ducting to rectangular duct (Item number 12049). (click thru for bigger pics on Flickr)

Ringlight (No flash)

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.

Ringlight with Flash (and -4stop exposure)

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

Ringlight with 2 Flashes (and -4stop exposure)

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 Ringlight

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...

Day45 - Elmo Catchlight

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

No pain, no gain

Day33 - No pain, no gain
Originally uploaded by NosamLuap
Reluctantly started training for my pending trial that I foolishly agreed to do with my boss and a couple of colleagues. (Sponsor requests will follow once we figure out who we're doing this for)

Distance covered: 3km
Time: 12.17
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

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's all over...

My first exhibition has now closed - many thanks to all that came along and viewed my work, and particular thanks to those that bought some of the framed images.

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.