Silhouettes...

by Pino Pino August. 17, 2020 557 views

So I decided to try a few silhouettes... and my wife indulged me by being my model...

I didn't have enough space to put a white backdrop, strobes in front of it and behind her pointed at it, her, and then me/camera...

so...

I went the 'seven foot octa with a 400w strobe in it' route - I put it at one end of the room, her a few feet in front of it (basically centered in room), and them me/camera at other end of room...

Camera at 100ISO, 1/200th, f/22... strobe at full power... effectively her between me and a monster sized (but shallow - again, not a lot of space in play here) light box...

and...

It worked!

After I processed the photos I realized I got pretty much the full sequence of 'taking off a hat'...

After I processed the photos I realized I got pretty much the full sequence of 'taking off a hat'...

A hat study... ;)

A hat study... ;)

Some fun shots of a pottery dragon we made a few years ago and one of my sons stuffed animals...

Some fun shots of a pottery dragon we made a few years ago and one of my sons stuffed animals...

Below is one of the shots from above after the blacks and whites were pushed in post (just to make each pure) but before I removed the background... so that you can see the Octa Box behind her...

I was literally shooting directly into it! I usually talk about 'photographing light' - and this time I was LITERALLY doing that... but also photographing the absolute absence of light as the intended subject... or is the light the subject and the void simply defining the edges of the light... or vice versa... or... okay, now my brain hurts...

And then I got a little bit more creative... this next one is where I popped in a small strobe wearing a snoot (wireless trigger fired the 400/octa and the flash of the 400/octa activated the little strobe in the snoot) and mounted on a c-stand right in front and above her to 'light' the flower... That allowed the petals of the flower (being translucent) to go 'shades of grey' while the rest of her and the stem stayed black... the processed end result is then below that...

All shots were taken with Pentax/Ricoh K1Mii wearing Sigma 28-70 2.8... Strobe was a Godox SK400ii (full power) in 72" Octa and optically fired flash wearing the snoot (with grid inserted) was a Pentax AF540FGZii (full power - wide zoom)...

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Jay Boggess 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Always look forward to your offerings!
+1smile+1

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Pino Pino Replied to Jay Boggess 1 month, 2 weeks ago

smile thanks, jay!

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Jay Boggess Replied to Pino Pino 1 month, 1 week ago

Always a treat, Pino!
Thanks!
+1smile+1

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Buster Bruce 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Super creative

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Pino Pino Replied to Buster Bruce 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Thanks!

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Camellia Staab 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Another great post! Really enjoy your creativity. Thanks for sharing the steps smile

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Pino Pino Replied to Camellia Staab 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Thanks, Camellia!

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