Glass... Round 2...

by Pino Pino May. 20, 2020 929 views

So I went back to the Shrine to take a 'studio lit' run at the etching...

And it worked!

I got exactly the results I was hoping for so now I'm ready to finish the shots and make one supityduper high-res image of her... one glass panel at a time... which is not nearly as daunting as it sounds - she is really only 7 panels... though four of them are them are higher than I or my light stands are tall (admittedly this is no great feat - being taller than me)... but I'm workin' on a solution for that.

But I digress... let's get back to "Round 2" and how I got images that really look like her in person...

First, here are the images for comparison... Below are three separate images (each of an individual pane of glass) that I stitched together...

I did a quick stitch of these to see the comparison I am about to detail so I didn't correct the bowing distortion of the center image that you see in the silver rails. That center image was taken with a 50mm because I had to be close because there is an alter in a position that makes it difficult to get her foot... anyway, I could take an entire blog to explain that panel and its challenges... suffice it to say it is my 'not favorite' image that I am using to contrast with my 'I really like these' images...

Left and Right are images taken with lighting...

Center is an image taken without lighting...

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Notice the 'whites' in the center pane (no lighting) are grey (and a bit-o-green from outside) - and the golds are dirty and sorta' flat - yellow at best.

Now look at the whites in the left and right panes - notice they are... well... white. They're actually a nice creamy textured white just like the actual etching... and the golds are actually gold - and have dimension and sparkle.

I don't know if you can tell in this uploaded image as is but the detail of the texture is so much better in the left and right panels (with lighting) than in the center panel (without lighting).
I got finally got it dialed in with the two 5' strip boxes at the end but not before I am confident the security cameras captured some highly entertaining footage of me setting up the 7' octa - alone - and then putting it on the strobe - alone - and also then taking it all down and apart - alone. I think I actually learned some yoga moves within the maneuvers I performed - though I have no idea what they are called or how to recreate them.

Okay, so now how I did it... to explain it but also to document it for my own brain so that I can recreate it when I go back for the upper panels.

I only brought two types of modifier - I was pretty confident one would do what I wanted but had high hopes for the other so I decided to try them both out and see what was what...

The "Lets try this" option... Modifier one - 7' Octa: It did okay but even with a grid it just spread the light to broadly. My hope was it would allow me to capture multiple panes at a time - and that in conjunction with the other it might let me capture an entire row at one time... looked good on paper but not so much in practice.

The "This will work but only cover one panel at a time" option... Modifier two - 5' Strip Box (actually two of them): One on each side of the panel I was capturing - just kept moving them panel by panel. Worked perfectly!

The entire setup was:
K1Mii wearing the 70-200 2.8 - 200mm | 2.8 | ISO100 | 1/800th
Camera Left: Studio Strobe (400) set to 1/16th power (and HSS) in a 5' Strip (aligned vertical and just skimming light across the glass) with grid (no diffusion panels installed)
Camera Right: Studio Strobe (400) set to full power (and HSS) in a 5' Strip (aligned vertical and just skimming light across the glass) with grid (no diffusion panels installed)
Time of day (of final shots) was just around 1pm CST.

There was a lot of...

Take shot... Adjust Lights... Take shot... Adjust Lights... repeat ad nausea...

But that was really the fun bit - I knew what was working but had a bit of time to experiment and see how the glass and etching and gold would react to the various setups.

So now I just need to find a way to levitate myself and the two strip boxes to capture the highest panel and we're set...

Anybody know a good prestidigitator that does onsite levitations for hire?

I'm still pondering how to get a shot of her at night from outside without the big dark strip down her center that I mentioned in my last blog but I will figure it out... There is a solution and I will find it... ;)

Then I got it dialed in... but not before I am sure the security cameras captures some highly entertaining footage of me setting up the 7' octa - alone - and then putting it on the strobe - alone - and also then taking it all down and apart - alone.

Then I got it dialed in... but not before I am sure the security cameras captures some highly entertaining footage of me setting up the 7' octa - alone - and then putting it on the strobe - alone - and also then taking it all down and apart - alone.

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