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Week 3: Honorable Mentions

I wanted to post some of the details of how I captured Week 3’s “Lighting” photo. Also, I wanted to show some of my honorable mentions, that didn’t make the cut.

I had a lot of ideas about how to showcase “lighting.” As you will see, I just kept trying and kept trying. For some reason, I just never really loved the photo, so I just kept trying different things.

First, I tried to capture the filament of a light bulb, but none of the bulbs I had were conducive to such a shot. The ones I have are too opaque to even see the filament, so that was frustrating. I also tried this on one of those twisty, fluorescent light bulbs, but it really didn’t come out right either.

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ISO 320 | f2.8 | 1/8 | Manual Exposure | Flash: did not fire | Focal length: 35mm | Canon 5D Mark II

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ISO 160 | f2.8 | 1/2 | Manual Exposure | Flash: did not fire | Focal length: 16mm | Canon 5D Mark II

Then, I went outside in the cold to try out a long exposure with the car turn signal. I really wanted that star burst look, which I achieved, but nothing about the photo just stunned me, so I ended up not using it. I did manage to capture an airplane taking off in the background. That’s what that diagonal streak you see over my car is.

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ISO 160 | f2.8 | 10.4 seconds | Manual Exposure | Flash: did not fire | Focal length: 16mm | Canon 5D Mark II

Next up, I tried something similar to the previous one, but zoomed in on just the turn signal. Again, nothing stunning.

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ISO 160 | f22 | 32 seconds | Manual Exposure | Flash: did not fire | Focal length: 35mm | Canon 5D Mark II

I moved back inside after that, trying something by candle light. I thought, if captured properly, it would give a nice, soft glow. I tried some different ones of a candle we have, but that thing is just ugly, no way around it. Then, I tried using a little storage bin that we have, casting the candle light upon it gently. It came out ok, but again, nothing that just knocked my socks off.

Finally, I grabbed my daughter’s little stuffed animal and headed to our bedroom. I would bound and determined, after trying and failing earlier with extended exposures, to put up a successful extended exposure shot. I was using a handheld flashlight as a spotlight. It is an LED light, so it gives off a cool, blueish hue. I wanted that, so that it would give the appearance of an ocean. I held it up and off to the left of the camera (for the final two shots), pointing down on the subject. As you can see from some of the shots, too much of the background was showing, I had the Nemo back against the pillows at first, thinking this would look good, but I really didn’t like how the pillows and wall looked in the background. At that time, I had the flashlight sitting atop our chest of drawers at camera right. That’s when I moved it up to the foot of the bed (close to where I was shooting).

Here is the progression, with the final shot at the bottom:

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ISO 160 | f22 | 0.8 seconds | Manual Exposure | Flash: did not fire | Focal length: 35mm | Canon 5D Mark II

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ISO 160 | f22 | 3.2 seconds | Manual Exposure | Flash: did not fire | Focal length: 35mm | Canon 5D Mark II

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ISO 160 | f22 | 3.2 seconds | Manual Exposure | Flash: did not fire | Focal length: 35mm | Canon 5D Mark II

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ISO 160 | f22 | 8 seconds | Manual Exposure | Flash: did not fire | Focal length: 35mm | Canon 5D Mark II

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ISO 400 | f22 | 6.2 seconds | Manual Exposure | Flash: did not fire | Focal length: 35mm | Canon 5D Mark II

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ISO 400 | f22 | 6.2 seconds | Manual Exposure | Flash: did not fire | Focal length: 35mm | Canon 5D Mark II

Until next time…

 

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Week 3

Lighting

“Water Bed”

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Boy, this week’s theme has had me stumped for a while. The ironic thing is that I PICKED the theme! The theme is “lighting” and I left it wide open to interpretation, because I wanted to see how different everyone’s ideas were on this.

I picked this subject, because it is not my forte. I wanted to push myself by trying to use non-natural light. I shoot mostly with natural light, so this was a little out of the normal scope of photography.

I tried quite a few things before coming up with this shot. I didn’t want to use my speedlite (flash that sits on the camera’s hot shoe), because that seemed too easy. Well, there were hours of trying to get shots to come out right with extended exposures and flashlights that proved my previous sentence correct.

So, I’m sure you were wondering why I titled this post “Water Bed,” right? Do you remember when those were all the rage? I do. I wanted one some kind of bad. It seemed that all of my friends had one when I was growing up, but my dad was against the idea. No, we don’t sleep on a waterbed now, but it did make it look like the bed was the ocean…which was precisely my goal.

Just like the in the movie, “Finding Nemo,” this fish is all alone. He gets lost and has to befriend people along his journey of trying to reunite with his dad. So many times, in life, I think we feel the same. We are all alone, feeling like there is nobody out there to help us along our journey. But are we asking people for help? Are you befriending people along your journey? Sometimes, it is as simple as that…asking.

That actually happened to me recently, I felt isolated on this post. I felt like all of the other guys were posting great shots and I could not get a single photo to come out like I wanted. That’s when Eje actually reached out to me, as well as Chris. I hopped on a G+ hangout with Eje, and we just talked about some ideas. It was very encouraging. They didn’t have to do that, to reach out. But it sure seemed to make a difference.

Can you make a difference in someone’s life this week? Or will you ask for help along your journey? Try it…you might be pleasantly surprised at the results.

Be sure to check out the other guys’ “lighting” posts. It will be well worth your time, trust me. Also, do them a solid and interact with them with some comments.

All of the participants are as follows: [in no particular order]

Until next time…

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