Today is a day of not much exciting. The way Sundays are supposed to be. So today's pic is of a very mundane subject, but hopefully presented in an interesting way. A bit of shallow depth of field on the pegs on my line, swooping back to the wall behind. I arranged the pegs so they'd appear to swirl anticlockwise in a spiral as they went slowly out of focus. Having the first peg out of focus and slightly off frame adds to the impression of the line coming in from behind the photographer on the left.
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