Another late one today. This time approximately midnight, looking out from the back yard to see the stars. This one needed the camera to perform well at night, which it sort of did. Aperture wide open, 8 second exposure, ISO 400. Ideally I'd have had a 30 second exposure at ISO 64, but sadly 8 seconds is all I can get out of it. Might have to retry later with my other kit to see if I can replicate with less noise. Did a little bit of post work to bring out the sky a little and get rid of the yellow tint caused by the street lamps. Nothing too major. Just a bit of curves adjustment.
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