A Photo of Nothin' on Nothin'...

by Pino Pino December. 21, 2020 207 views

So it's been a while...

My fault - I've let things distract me from playing with my cameras...

But - a bit of vacation time has cropped up and I'm getting a bit more personal photo focus time...

I've got a few things on my docket to play with shooting but this little one cropped up so I figured I'd dive back in here...

The Challenge:

Transparent Bird...

White Background...

Yeah - a photo of basically nothin' against literally nothin'...

One of the final photos - here ya' go!

Effectively, the black\edges\contours\shape that you see is the tripods and anything else black (the body of the soft box, the camera, the trigger, etc) that reflected (refracted?) in the angles of the bird...

Effectively, the black\edges\contours\shape that you see is the tripods and anything else black (the body of the soft box, the camera, the trigger, etc) that reflected (refracted?) in the angles of the bird...

How I did it... a setup similar to one I've used before...

For the white in the back - a Godox ad200pro wearing a Godox 24x26 SoftBox and pointed straight at camera... exposed slightly brighter than the subject to blow out the background a bit...

For the base... plexiglass...

To light the actual 'bird' - from underneath (though originally I tried camera mounted)... Pentax AF540FGZII wearing an Altura Photo 9x7 Light Diffuser (Basically, a tiny little Soft Box)...

And I had to optically trigger the AF540FGZII since it was not on camera and couldn't be triggered by my Godox trigger that was firing the ad200pro...

For those interested: Pentax KP Wearing Sigma 28-70 2.8 and a Godox X2T trigger... I used it instead of the R2PROII because initially I had the AF540FGZII mounted on it as the X2T has a pass-through hot shoe while the R2PROII doesn't... Ultimately that pass-through hot shoe was not necessary as I ended up using off camera optical trigger for the 'under' flash...

Setup looked like this... (camera is sitting on plexiglass next to bird just for reference)...

Exact flash settings obviously depend on your environment and desired final output but my were 1/32 for the ad200pro and 1/16 for the AF540FGZII...
The only handy little toy not in the photo - my SEKONIC L-308S-U light meter which got me to my starting point for the light... though I then tweaked visually from there...
Oh, and Post Processing - pushed contrast a bit and went b/w in case there were any errant reflections...

That's it... just a simple setup for a clear bird on an empty background...

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