269. An Experiment With An Owl And Some Reflectors

by Jarvo J August. 12, 2009 3561 views

The purpose of this experiment was to see the effects of using different reflectors on an image. These images are identical except for the reflectors used and (possibly for some shots) the exposure time. I'd be interested to know peoples' opinions of the different reflector combinations.

All shots were taken between 4.15 and 4.30 in the afternoon. The main source of light was an East facing window which is to the left and slightly behind the owl.

The camera was approximately 1.7m (5' 6") from the subject. The camera settings were as follows: 300mm, F10, ISO 100. The camera was in AV so that it automatically selected the right exposure length. Because of the dark background this was set to -1 stop.

1. No reflectors (0.3s)

2. White to the right (1/4s)

3. Silver to the right (1/6s)

4. Gold to the right (1/6s)

5. Black to the right (1/5s)

6. Black to the left (0.3s)

7. Black to the left, white to the right (0.3s)

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Stefan Fletcher 11 years, 11 months ago

Well, this sort of post is bound to get me interested (not that the others won't, of course...). The crux for me in this experiment is that you're using a single light source and reflecting it, which may explain why some of them appear flat. Reflectors absorb and flatten/soften light, so the effect can be more muted than expected. If you use several light sources and _then_ reflect them, the result is fascinating and very instructive...

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Michael Sakowicz 11 years, 11 months ago

I still want to know just how many licks it really does takes to get the tootsie roll center of a tootsie pop... Just kidding. Interesting experiment. I think - the first few that are best lit have a nice shadow and light, were the last couple are pretty dim, but I understand why since you posted the reflector information. Neat idea nevertheless.

11 years, 11 months ago Edited
Sandra Vermeulen 11 years, 11 months ago

For me this has everything to do with personal taste.
And, my 12 points go to: n°7

11 years, 11 months ago Edited
Ricardo 11 years, 11 months ago

So many owls! :)
Nice Experiment!

11 years, 11 months ago Edited
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