So one of the photographers I follow on YouTube is having a daily challenge - he gives a topic, you shoot it, you share it... to a) keep yourself occupied and b) keep our skills up.
I jumped in late and decided that along with his challenges I'd do one of my own I'd been pondering for a while... silhouettes.
This was my shot today with my son as my assistant - and the questions (and answers) that we were to do for the original challenge:
Camera: Pentax K1Mii wearing Sigma 28-70 2.8 EX
Settings: f22 - 1/200 - ISO100 - 58mm - Handheld
Lighting: Two Godox/Flashpoint ad200 | one with flashpoint red gel, barn doors, and grid (camera left) - one with magmod yellow gel (camera right)
Why I took the shot: I wanted to do silhouettes and play with gel/colored backgrounds AND do it in a way that involved my family - my son has his 'stuffed animal kingdom' that he loves making up stories for so we used some of them for the shots setting up scenarios primarily involving a specific one named 'Jack' (long story but he is a favorite) so that we could all do something together AND experiment with photography
Did I achieve my goal: Yes! Both the shot and the family involvement!
What would I change: I would adjust settings (and environment) to allow me to have larger aperture (less depth of field) to really throw the backdrop out of focus so that you would not see the imperfections in the backdrop.
Here are some other shots I took in the same session.
Draco, Jack, The King, The Prince, Baby Tigger, Mommy Tigger, and Jack's Sister were all excellent models today... And The King only had my son and I break once for honey tea - though it was a very large cup...
And a little fun we had with one of the shots as a shout out to one of my son's friends... The stuffed animal in the photo is Jack and there's a whole backstory about Jack... but that's for another blog... ;)