More experimentation today, this time with light shining through coloured liquid. Using a set of shot glasses and some mysterious coloured liquids I set up this little effort in the kitchen. Worked reasonably well. Had to cheat a little because the yellow was blown out so I used a shot taken with a lower exposure to add the detail back in. The liquids, in traffic light order, are: neat summer fruits cordial, diluted orange cordial and ... Fairy liquid. Wouldn't want this trio on a night out!
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