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Old 02-05-2007   #1
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Default Alternative light modifiers.....

Although I use softboxes, grids, optical and fresnel spots often in the studio, sometimes it can be rewarding to use everyday items as light modifiers. Usually the attempt is to simulate natural sunlight, either hard or soft and there are many ways to do that.

In this shot there is a large softbox suspended overhead, slightly to the rear of the set for fill but the main light is a 7" reflector strobe head on the right of the set shooting through glass blocks. The glass blocks soften the light a bit but they also diffract the light and produce interesting patterns. A heavily textured watercolor paper as a background surface adds to the effect.

Exposure was f22 at 100 ISO, Speedotron flash, medium format digital back.

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Old 02-05-2007   #2
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Oh Yes that is a very intersting shot. Not quiet like the natural sunlight but it still look good.
out of curisoity how many attempts did you take before finalized which came out with the best result?
they way it set up picture seems to float above the background. nice amount of shadow casting very sublet.
keep up the good work.
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Nice and interesting stand alone shot. Much better than shooting on gray or white paper.
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Well from a different perspective entirely.

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