Recycling

This weeks subject matter is recycling.  I chose to photograph items around the home that are recycleable and reuseable.  All images were edited and cropped in Photoshop.

A slideshow version I created on lightroom can be viewed from youtube at 

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Lighting

The image of the young girl sitting within the crowd was taken outdoors in open shade.  The subject was sitting beneath a crowd of spectators as they were watching a cross country race for the San Bernardino County High Schools.  The light gives a hair glow and shine along her shoulders.  If I had actually added a flash for the image, it would have taken away the shadow and filled in the shadowy spaces seen, but it would have been too harsh.  In this type of situation, I would have been better off using a reflector of some sort to bounce the sun slight off from the side angle to fill in the shadow.  I like the way it turned out here, though.  The image is very natural looking.

The image of the four people standing together was taken indoors with a flash.  There was already indoor soft lighting.  The flash was not filtered and created somewhat of a harsh reflection against the skin.  If I had something other than the standard flash off the camera I could have bounced the light off of the ceiling to soften the exposure.  Unfortunately, this is also not a very good example for lighting, but it is an example of flash photography.

This photograph of a carafe and candy jar was created in a studio setting, using continuous light, with a hot flash.  The black background was created by using a large black go between (gobo)/background against the original white filter (sheet) in the background.  The light that travels around the white background adds highlights and tonality to the clear glass that is presented as the subject.  This shows line and detail without blowing out the image, over exposing, or under exposing.

The white background example of the glass being photographed with continuous light behind the original background of white filtering the continuous light.  The image was taken with a hot flash.  The exposure is intended to light the object enough to maintain the lines of the object and still show a perception of what the glass should look like, much like what is necessary for a product shot.  Some of the decanter shape is lost in the light in the digital presentation, but it is better seen as a print.  The image still allows the viewer to get an idea of the objects shape.

Window lighting was used for the old bottle.  The light is projected at a side angle and is partially covered by a brown curtain.

The portrait was created by using continuous light in a studio setting. The shadow is filled by using a reflector on the opposite side of the subject.  A soft diffused light was used to create this image.

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These images were taken with my camera on my cell phone.  My DSLR was being used to take star trail images while we were in the Palomar Mountains during the new moon this past Monday.  A group of us had settled at the campgrounds near the observatory, working on sky images, and I was by […]