Today's photo was taken very early in the day indeed. 6am, in fact. I was on my way to the train station and, realising that I'd missed the 5:56 to Luton, opted to go for the 6:27 to Leicester and get a connecting train. This gave me a little while to myself, and as I drove down Pitsmoor Road the yellow morning sun reflecting off the clouds caught my eye. The start of a rainbow completed the picture, so I pulled over and took a couple of quick snaps to try and capture what I could of the 135° panorama before me. A high ISO combines nicely with the golden tint to give the whole thing an old fashioned feel, and a gentle unsharp mask with a panoramic crop finishes the job.
I was recently asked if I could help out providing an image for a magazine article about stress management. For reasons as yet undiscovered the requested image would be of the USS Enterprise flying through a storm in space. Unfortunately I didn't have a lot of time (just a couple of hours), but I did have a very nice model of the Enterprise D I could use to build the image around. Thinking fast, I rigged up a rather slapdash rig consisting of a black reflector backdrop, an umbrella and stand from which dangled the model by a thread, and a couple of strobes. One light above, diffused, to provide the key light, and another, reflected and lower power, to fill some of the very dark shadows. It ended up all looking something like this: Using a fast shutter, f/16 and cunning flash positioning I managed to keep the background black and give the model suitably textured lighting so it didn't have that flat, uniform, shadowless appearance of, well, a model. The narrow aperture obv