Autumn is here, and the leaves are turning. Some leaves, though, are red all the time. Specifically, the Copper Beech in my garden. I noticed today, as the sun sat low in the Autumnal morning sky, that the light shining through the bright red of the leaves caused interesting shadows and shapes to form between them. Shooting at maximum zoom (15x, or 480mm equiv) I shot directly into the sun, completely blowing out the sky and everything behind. Little tweak of the curves to bring out the red and remove some annoying purple fringing, and we have today's picture of the day.
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