Posts Tagged ‘experiment’

Colour & Lights

July 20th, 2010

I’d had this idea for a photo project for some time now where I wanted to shoot portraits of someone wrapped up in Christmas lights.  But I had only this vague notion of the type of shots I would like to see. The idea appealed to me though.

At one point, I resolved to try it.

I bought a roll of party lights and twisted a friend of mine’s rubber arm until I convinced him to be my subject. So that day, I pulled out my SB900 flash unit, set up and wrapped all 180 lights around him. And that’s where things got a little complicated. All because I didn’t know what type of image I wanted.

I love that I always end up learning something new through photography. I think I was initially thinking to get a shot or two of my friend lit only by the party lights, and maybe with only his face lit by a warm light. It quickly became clear that that wasn’t the look that “spoke” to me creatively.

Experimentation time!

So I moved towards a shallower depth of field and different lighting, and got shots that fit in exactly with what I had been hoping to achieve from a creative and learning standpoint.

Below are some of the results.

For the above shot, I set the camera to tungsten white balance and backlit my friend with the SB900 flash bouncing off the wall in the background. I also used a hand-held torch which I aimed at my friend’s eye. I near blinded the poor guy.

Hope you enjoyed the results of this photo shoot as much I did.

More coming soon!


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Experiments in Light

January 29th, 2010

I was at a house party a while back when one of my friends walked into the path of an overhead spotlight. The play of light sparked an idea. I whipped out the camera and gear, and ended up roping most everybody into a somewhat mad photo shoot. Here are two of the results.

The first image was taken with the available light from a small overhead spotlight.

More pictures coming soon!


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Moi. A Portrait

October 1st, 2009

A while back I decided to fool around with some light. Just to see what combinations worked and how. A little experimentation, if you will.

So I made a self portrait.

Looking through the small collection of pictures I took that day again, I realised that I’m wearing the same suit and combination of shirt and tie. In the words of Dr. Horrible: What a crazy random happenstance!

(You absolutely MUST see Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog. It is Joss Whedon at his very very best. It’s a short, hilarious tragicomedy musical – or rather: a “tragic-romantic-comedy-musical-satire” – that he made when bored during the 2007-2008 Writer’s Guild of America strike. It was shot over 6 days on a shoe-string budget and was after released for free on the Web. If you’re in the US, you can stream it from the Hulu plugin on the DHSAB website, else, you can view DHSAB in three Acts on YouTube here: Act I (Part I and Part II), Act II (Part I and Part II), Act III (Part I and Part II).)

Anyway, I digressed. Seeing as I’m wearing the same combination as I write this, I’ve decided to share with you a self-portrait from that shoot.

I set my D700 on a mini tripod very close to the floor, and set two flashes: one to camera left inside the doorway with a diffusion dome attached (white light), and the other to camera left, gelled warm with a full CTO and with a makeshift snoot so the light was directed only at my face (warm – as in: slightly orange – light).

So here it is.

Self Portrait


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Prince of Arabia

August 17th, 2009

The PrinceA short while ago, I bribed a very good friend of mine into using him as a guinea pig in a lighting experiment.

I enticed him into the project by dangling a few swords from my collection in front of him, and letting him take swings with them.

The Prince's New ToyThe Prince at PlayThe Prince Prepares to Attack

With all my fiddling with knobs, buttons and settings, he proved a very patient subject – that is when he wasn’t taking swings at me with five feet of sharp 200-year-old steel. 😉

I learnt quite a lot from that session and I’m very grateful to him for it.The Prince Approaches

The lighting setup? One SB900 in an Ezybox Lastolite softbox and an SB800 with its diffuser attached and stood on my cats’ scratch post.


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