Experimenting with flash

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My wife is out of town for work so I took the opportunity to turn our living room into a photo studio space, basically destroying it (not hard in a 585 sq ft apartment)! I just got in a new grid for speedlights and I wanted to try and find a use for that and make a fun image while I am testing it. I came up with an idea of creating a scene of with the Eiffel tower under the stars.

For this image I shot it with my 5D Mark II and 70-200 f/4 lens mounted on a tripod for simplicity sake (See Arrow 1).  I started the lighting process by punching some holes into sheet of construction paper, put a softbox behind it with a blue gel on the flash (See Arrow 2 – construction paper not visible). I then put a small Eiffel tower statue we have on the table in front of the stars and I lit that with a 1/4 gridded speedlight (see arrow 3). The grid kept the light only on the Eiffel tower model and not spilling onto the black table. Lastly, I put a white mini reflector to the right of the Eiffel tower to reflect a little bit of the light back on the right side of the tower (arrow 4), this balanced out the shape and added a bit more dimension to the tower. The flashed were powered high enough to wipe out all ambient light from the room and just let the flashes create the scene.  To finish the image off I added a bit of text to the left hand side just to balance out the space.  It’s one of my favorite quotes from the movie ‘Midnight in Paris’, because it’s true, I can never decide!

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This was a interesting little experiment. Very simple setup, that led to a fun image.


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