Saturday, February 27, 2010

365/55 Can't sleep, clowns will eat me.

365/55 Can't sleep, clowns will eat me.

I was so very tired when I made this. You can see the bags hanging under my eyes.

Playing around with a wash of light across the background from a snooted flash to give a bit of separation here. I used to carry around a foam snoot as part of my gear, but found that I either never used it or that it never stayed in the shape I wanted it. I switched to blackwrap for my snoots recently, mostly because it was easy to fold up and carry, as well as shape onsite. If you haven't seen blackwrap before, you should pick some up. It's heavy duty matt black aluminum. What I like most about it is how easy it is to shape and keep it in that shape. This isn't some cheap kitchen foil here. I picked it up for about $25 at a local film industry supplier.

The second thing I was playing around with in this photo was a collapsed silver umbrella on the key light, with the flash pushed right into the center and half-hidden by the now flapping cloth. I don't remember where I first saw this, but I really like the light coming from it. The hardened shadow line reminds me of beauty dish light, well defined, but softened.

Doing these self portraits has been fun, but I still run into issues where it would be entirely easy if I just had a better tripod or remote trigger for the camera. On the flip side, I'm certainly getting better with making the focus spot on for where I'm shooting. It took under 30 frames to get this photo. I think that's pretty decent. Now, all I need to do is come up with more ideas.

1 comment:

Elorin said...

Make with the photo-ness. (Can't see an image with this post.)