Monday, October 13, 2014

fixing the light bulb

Alwyn Peterson is a Maun based architect in demand, time is always short for this man, he's also camera shy and has never seen a picture of himself that he likes! Now thats a challenge if ever I've had one.

 The man at his desk was the fastest choice, and to speed up the process even more I decided to use my new LED lights. Working with the desk light that had a horrible energy saving bulb, this could be dealt with in post with a little light painting as can be seen above. The 1st LED light placed on a stand over and behind Alwyn ,the other held by Gaone my voice activated light stand (VOLS) a quick exposure adjustment and it was all over in 4 frames! Alwyn was happy with his new found self on the camera's screen, no longer resembling Gollum as he most feared.. happy client – happy photographer.

Stuart James Arnold

Monday, October 6, 2014

in a tight spot and Maun 360

Christiane Ctolhofer in the wood pile
Last week, Christiane Stolhofer requested a portrait with a brief, “I want to be in amongst the woodpile” well known and excellent sculptor Christiane says the the wood talks to her, in the same way light talks to me, if that makes any sense to you ?!

So what started out as a simple request became quite complex once the scene of the crime was decided, our space was only a meter wide and 3 or so meters in length, the concrete table obstructing us being part of the floor! Our main light, my biggest soft-box, balanced over the camera, all straight forward so far, but now that woodpile background. The old tree pieces were lined up behind and then along the wall giving a 3D effect and a large aperture put the background out of focus whilst keeping the woodpile feel and Christiane sat cross legged on the floor.

In many cases the background is critical to the image working, here I used a defused light from the side of the immoveable concrete table,. A 3rd light was hand held by my assistant Gaone just to help with bringing Christiane out from the woodpile a little bit...

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