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The White Feather

August 30th, 2010

I came across this single white feather in a forest in Normandy, France when out hunting for mushrooms earlier this year.

It seemed to shine with it’s own light, a small sliver of virgin white emerging from the damp, dark forest floor. I lit it with my SB900 speedlight.

I had wondered about the feeling my choice of image for this post conveyed. It felt like I was looking for an idea and words that were only just out of reach.

This morning though, I have no doubts about the picture. I find it surprisingly fitting.

I was woken in the night to learn that a friend and colleague, who has served 19 years with my firm, had passed away suddenly from a heart attack. He was only 46, and leaves behind a wife and five young children. And a lot of dumbstruck family, friends and co-workers.

Another light has gone out. And the world looks that little bit darker.

And that feather seems to be gathering greater, and certainly a very different, meaning in the circumstances. Though I don’t know if I can tell you why or what that is…

He will be missed. But not forgotten. And in that way, never truly lost.

More coming soon.

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Triumph & Fuzzy Slippers

June 11th, 2010

I took this shot of my little cousin in her room at my uncle’s farm. I exposed for the scene outside her window, and lit the room with one SB900 flash to camera left.

I love the fuzzy slippers, her stance and the look of mischief and triumph on her face.

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The Salamander

June 7th, 2010

I caught this salamander when I was visiting my uncle at his farm in Normandy, France (it had snuck into the house).

I figured it’d make interesting shooting material. So before releasing that beautiful amphibian into the wild again, I grabbed some white paper, placed the salamander delicately upon it, fitted my macro lens to my camera, setup my SB900 flash and, well, here are some of the results.

It was remarkably difficult to shoot as the salamander l decided it would be a particularly petulant model and refused to sit still for a moment.

It was constantly shifting this way and that, occasionally making a dash for the edge of the paper and freedom from the apparently terrifying glare of my lens.

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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Making Faces

September 2nd, 2009

The Mischievous OnePeople are so interesting.

Perhaps that’s why I enjoy taking portraits so much; To try and catch something about them – something we don’t often see.

There’s something about faces that gets me most.

Eyes in particular: They can reveal so much about a person. Contemplation

Expression

Control of light is key. Anything that can help soften the light can help there – especially where the light is very bright (which I wanted it to be). Anything – such as my trusty Ezybox Lastolite softbox.

Unfortunately, it takes up space. Not much space. But any space counts when travelling on a short trip. So…

The Handsome Devil

When I travelled to Beirut, I debated taking only the barest gear. But in a sudden rush of madness I decided to leave my tripod behind and instead take the Ezybox.Cheeky-Haughty

Thankfully, I managed to put the Ezybox to good use. Which is very fortunate, as I really missed the use of my tripod.

For example, I took the Ezybox along to a dinner. I set up the soft box in a few minutes under the puzzled look of my fellow dinner guests. Then I made myself a makeshift modifier with one of the diffusing cloths that came in the kit with the softbox, a clothes hanger and some tape (thank you Strobist!)Gentle

Once that was done, I got people to, one by one, variously stand or sit for portraits.

I placed my SB800 in the softbox behind their heads to light them from behind.

To light them from the front/side, as I was wont, I occasionally managed to get my favourite Voice Activated Lightstand (aka my mum) to hand-hold my SB900 strobe unit behind the makeshift light modifier.Quirky

With everything in place, I just chatted with my subjects, asked them to try on different expressions, and waited until the moment it clicked.

Or at least, until the moment I thought it did. 🙂

So here are some of the results for your viewing pleasure.The Little AngelTwisty

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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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