More Indoor Winter Photography
Saturday 28 January 2012 — Category: Shooting
Valley Viewfinders Camera Club — of which I am a member — is entitled “shadows.” As I was pondering what kind of photo I could take to enter in the competition, this metal rose came to mind. I had purchased it a few years ago from Rockets into Roses. A guy in Israel takes the leftovers of the rockets which the Palestinians shoot into Israel, and fashions them into rose sculptures.
So I set up the rose and a light, using the garage as a makeshift studio. I had the idea to have the entire area on the ground around the rose covered with stones. So I got a big bucket, and gathered up a bunch from a pile we have in the backyard. After arranging them, I realized that perhaps it wasn’t going to look so good after all, especially since the shadow was going to be really hard to see. In the end, the plain old cement floor looked a lot better, so I just went with that.
It was quite a challenge to find the right kind of light to shine on the rose. I tried all kinds of flashlights and utility lights — even a Britek #2001 Professional Photography 200 Watt Focusable Halogen Light that I had left over from my video production days — but nothing had the brightness and tight beam that I needed.
Finally I tried the same two million candlepower spotlight which I had used for an earlier light-painting project — now that did the trick! So I wouldn’t have to stand there and hold it all day, it put it in a Super Clamp mounted on an Impact Multiboom Stand. With the lighting in place, it was now time to turn my attention to the camera set up.
Once I mounted my Sony Carl Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom lens on my Sony Alpha α77 camera body, and then attached that to my Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 carbon fiber tripod with its Manfrotto 322RC2 joystick head, I spent some time moving the camera around to get just the right angle and effect — it took about 15 shots until I got what I wanted. I’m very pleased with how it turned out — we’ll see how it does in the February competition.
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