Friday, August 13, 2010

The Making of Day 18

I have been asked a few times to explain how I have done a few of my photos for my 365 project. I thought I'd take the time to dissect today's image for all of you.

I used the following things to create this image:

  • SLR camera

  • Tripod

  • 1 flash

  • pocket wizards to set off the flash

  • a DIY beauty dish (helps to direct and enlarge the light source)

  • White plastic lid to bounce the light back towards the subject

  • a black polar fleece fabric

  • 2 chairs

  • 2 brooms

  • 1 bag of water

  • 2 clamps to hold the tomato and bag of water

  • 1 cookie sheet to catch the water

  • 1 straight pin to poke a hole on the bag of water

I did this in my kitchen at home. I put the two chairs on the table and hung the brooms across them at different levels. I then attached the tomato and bag of water on the brooms with the bag on the top broom. I set up the light to the right and leaned the plastic lid against the leg of the chair on the left. lastly I draped the black fabric over the chairs to create the backdrop. take a look at the image below to get a better idea of what it all looked like

I then set up my tripod and camera with the camera slightly higher then the tomato. Once my camera was set up and locked down tight I turned my attention to focus and camera settings. After the proper focus was set I turned off the auto focus so it would not change when it pressed the shutter button.
hear are the settings for my camera:
ISO 200, f/11 @ 1/200 of a second

Now that I had everything in place I poked a hole in the bag of water and started shooting. I later repositioned the bag a little to ensure the water dropped evenly over the tomato.
I did make the background a bit darker and added a thin stroke (boarder) around the image in Photoshop but that's about it for post processing.
If you have any question leave me a comment below and I will do my best to answer it.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Road to the Sun :: Claresholm Alberta Photographer

We just returned from a trip to Glacier National Park in Montana. This was my first time to the park and I have to say it was amazing. The scenic views and natural beauty made me want to return again when we had more time to do more hikes. These two photos were taken about 100 feet apart from each other. These were the views from opposite sides of the road. simply amazing!

Each of these photos is made up of 6 to 8 separate images that were later stitched together in Photoshop. When you do panoramas like these you have to remember to over lap each image by 1/3 so they will have enough shared information to make a smoother end product. I have made a panoramic head for my tripod but didn't use it for these images (because I didn't bring it with me). With the newer versions of panoramic stitching software you can produce some very nice wide shots with just a steady hand and proper rotation of the camera. The key is to turn the camera (like there is a pole going straight through the lens) not your whole body from the waist up.