Project 365 Day 6 - January 6, 2017

by Kelly Williams January. 08, 2017 956 views

Title: Golden Stallion

— This magnificent beast comes to you all the way from Mexico, a treasured souvenir and just one of the many memories from our 2013 Spring Break Cruise. What an amazing and fun-filled time we had with our Spring Break travel companions - Lisa, Gabriella, and Libby. On our last shore excursion of the cruise, while browsing through some of the local shops and boutiques, my son stumbled upon this piece of metal art work and well, the rest is history.

With the temperatures outdoors hovering around 15 degrees Fahrenheit, I decided to shoot today's photograph indoors. I draped a black drop cloth over a table, allowing it to flow down and on to the floor, placed a framed mirror diagonally on the cloth, and then centered the metal art work on the mirror. I mounted a G2 Low-Profile Triple Action Ball Head from Benro on to a Platypod Pro Max mini tripod, attached the Nikon D810 and Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm F2.8G ED to the Ball Head, and now I was ready to capture the perfect shot for Day 6 of my Project 365. I checked the camera settings, enabled the pop-up flash, focused the lens, and took the first shot.

Uuhhh ... simply put, it looked nothing like what I envisioned.

I tried different angles, a number of different settings, and still was not getting the look I wanted. Then I thought "What about using an off-camera flash"? I was able to create a very interesting effect by back-lighting the art work, but when I placed the flash off to the right of the subject, I knew I was close. By using two off-camera flash units, one placed to the left and right of the subject, I was able to capture this shot of the Golden Stallion.

Photograph Details:

  • © Kelly R. Williams. All Rights Reserved. 
  •   Date: January 5, 2017 11:04 PM EST         
  • Camera: Nikon  D810               
  • Lens: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm F2.8G ED 
  • Exposure:  Aperture                
  • Exposure Time: 1/60 sec               
  • Aperture: f/2.8                
  • ISO: 64 
  • Focal Length: 70mm 
  • Flash: Flash fired, compulsory flash mode, return light not detected 
  • Post Processing: SOOC
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Maura Elko 4 years, 5 months ago

That is one cool souvenir! Nice shot as well, I like how the background is angled in.

4 years, 5 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab 4 years, 5 months ago

Very nicely done and thank you for sharing your setup.

4 years, 5 months ago Edited
Kelly Williams Replied to Camellia Staab 4 years, 5 months ago

Thanks Camellia! It pales in comparison to some of the other photographs posted here ... I feel I have so much more to learn.

4 years, 5 months ago Edited